28 Feb 2023

“Every COP that I’ve been to has shaped my thinking, and in a really global kind of way. I’m working in a local context, but it’s always nice to look at what’s happening at the global level and try to translate that to the work I’m doing. I always felt like there was a disconnect between what is happening at the top, which at the highest level is the COP, and on the ground.” Adrian Leitoro 2022 Drylands Restoration Steward and the of Founder, Nature and People as One (NAPO)


26 Jan 2023

“The past year has flown by for me, but looking back, my heart is filled with gratitude, joy and hope for the future. Being the GLF’s 2022 Forest Restoration Steward has contributed enormously to these fond memories. Since I was officially announced as a Restoration Steward on the International Day of Forests (21 March) last year 2022 (super timely), my days have been filled with the new opportunities and program activities that came along.” Eva Makandi (Kandi), 2022 Forest Restoration Steward and the Founder of Light on a Hill Organization (LOAH)

20 Dec 2022

“We need to enhance community by building really strong trust with communities and governments that restoration is for our good, and for the good of the environment.” Camille Rivera GLFx Mindanao Chapter Coordinator, 2021 Wetlands Restoration Steward and the Co-founder of Oceanus Conservation 

Are you our next Restoration Steward?

27 Jun 2024

How many times have you been told that young people are leading the charge for environmental justice? Sitting on the floors outside negotiation rooms. Protesting on the streets. Defending their land. Nurturing landscapes and seascapes with little to no resources. Creating safe spaces and beautiful murals for futures for all life on Earth. This movement also relies on the tireless efforts of countless women, Indigenous folks and people from across the Global South – the very people who are already

The climate solution we forgot

30 May 2024

This month, we celebrated two important international days: World Bee Day and the International Day of Biological Diversity. It’s always important to remember that our dreams and efforts should never be confined to just one day. Instead, let’s harness our energy and passion to build community and people power, health the Earth and empower ourselves every day.

We can’t save the planet alone!

30 Apr 2024

We’re writing this to you on Earth Day, an occasion first celebrated in 1970 and followed by annual commemorations and countless other environmental awareness campaigns ever since. This year’s Earth Day focused on reducing plastic use – more specifically, slashing plastic production by 60% by 2040. This got us thinking: each April, we are reminded of the importance of honoring and safeguarding our planet. But at the same time, these environmental celebrations have been co-opted by big polluters seeking to

Do we really have to “save the planet”?

26 Mar 2024

Women are disproportionately affected by the climate crisis – especially women of color and those in the most affected areas. As the crisis intensifies social and economic tensions, it is women and girls who often find themselves on the frontlines facing exploitation and violence. This inconvenient truth has been said countless times, but women continue to be underrepresented in the spaces where climate policies are crafted.

Looking for a green job? Read this first

4 Mar 2024

As you’re probably aware, February was celebrated in many parts of the world as a time of love. But what does love have to do with the environment? We believe that love and community can be a powerful antidote to eco-anxiety. Not just romantic love, but a more holistic love for our planet, our communities and ourselves.

How can we build a regenerative future in 2024?

25 Jan 2024

Happy New Year! From the GLF Youth and YIL teams, we wish you a healthy, intentional, loving and adventurous 2024. Over the holidays, we took the time to reflect on our relationship with each other and the world, and we'd like to share some thoughts with you about the need for collective action to catalyze transformation. As you already know, humanity is standing at a crossroads. The scenario we face is certainly dire: last year was officially declared the hottest

We’re hiring! Join our team in 2024

19 Dec 2023

What a year 2023 has been! Here at the Youth in Landscapes Initiative (YIL), our year has been packed with new projects, milestones and special moments. And despite all the turmoil that has affected people and landscapes all over the world, 2023 has also been full of beautiful moments and opportunities allowing us to connect with other young leaders, collaborate and make a positive impact on our world. Throughout this year, we joined forces with our network to create spaces

Drum roll! Let’s meet the 2024 Restoration Stewards

4 Dec 2023

As we imagine and work towards a more just world, it’s always important to remember one thing: Nobody can carry the struggle for justice and prosperity alone. A few weeks ago, we were reminded of that when our team joined the Latin American Restoration Stewards on a field visit to the Colombian department of Tolima, hosted by 2022 Mountains Restoration Steward Sergio Lozano. What we witnessed was the exuberant landscapes of the Colombian Andes, the brilliance of community leaders and

Next month: free online event on restoration

1 Nov 2023

This month, our hearts are full of memories and inspiration from the countless new visions for Earth that started brewing at GLF Nairobi 2023. From speakers and moderators to volunteers and participants, in person and online, young scientists, restorers, artists, educators and so many others raised their voices for climate justice and future visions rooted in self-determination. We’re deeply grateful for everyone’s contribution, and we’d like to especially thank the Youth in Landscapes Initiative, the GLF Youth Project Teams, our

It’s your turn

2 Oct 2023

It may be more obvious than ever: young people hold the key to addressing today’s environmental challenges. From grassroots initiatives to international platforms, young leaders are stepping up to shape new visions for Earth. Our voices are loud, our ideas are innovative, and our actions are impactful. In this newsletter, we’re excited to highlight some of the incredible insights from some of the youth speakers who were featured at last month’s GLF Youth Regional Dialogues.

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