This page provides information on BLAKE Inspire, an annual forum for young leaders with a passion for the environment.
About BLAKE Inspire
BLAKE inspire is a week long leadership development adventure for 55 secondary school students passionate about the environment. The students have the opportunity to address topical environmental issues facing our country, and develop strategies to address them. It was formerly called the Youth EnviroLeaders' Forum (YELF).
Many of these leaders have gone on to do unbelievable things in the communities they represent such as:
- the youth-led Climate challenge conference held in Auckland in May 2019.
- tackling the Kauri die back issue in the Far North and phasing out plastic drink bottles in their high school. You can read these stories on the Growing the next generation of environmentalists web page [Westpac New Zealand website].
These students aren’t future leaders – they’re leaders today.
BLAKE Inspire 2020 will be in Waikato and Rotorua. It will focus on different environmental issues related to climate change, our oceans, freshwater and biodiversity.