WWF and Generation Earth – A great team!
Generation Earth is the youth network of WWF Austria, and together, we make an awesome team!
The WWF employees in the “Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)” program work to support us in many ways. They provide the link to WWF’s work and expertise and the much needed infrastructure to keep our group growing. This way, we are able to focus on our trainings, events and action projects. Other WWF employees provide expertise on different areas from presswork and communication to specific conservation topics. They often hold workshops at our events and support us with their know-how in our project development and implementation.
WWF also supports us financially. Largely, by providing the staff people and funding for our trainings, but also for many of our action projects. Plus, we are allowed to use WWF resources like vehicles, training materials, equipment, and more.
What do we provide WWF? Generation Earth provides a direct link to young, motivated people who have lots of ideas (sometimes crazy) and energy for getting active. Sometimes they say we are the “claws” of the panda! With our projects and activities we support the conservation work of the organization because we like to get “down and dirty!”
Get to know the department “Education for Sustainable Development”:
Georgina (WWF Austria) – Program Manager
I’ve decided to participate in the Generation Earth Action Leader Training in 2014. And this decision changed my life! Since then, I have been active as a volunteer in the various Generation Earth teams, have been involved as a trainer in workshops and courses, and have tried to make my contribution to a sustainable world together with like-minded people. Since 2021 I have been part of the WWF Generation Earth team, initially taking on administrative and organizational tasks, and since 2022 I have been Generation Earth Program Manager. I look forward to meeting you all!
Lisa (WWF Austria) – Communications Manager
I joined WWF Austria in 2019 for a river project, and since July 2022 I am part of Generation Earth. Here I am responsible for communication work, which includes creating content for print and online as well as managing the community. During my time at WWF Austria I have learned, that behind great changes there stood always engaged people who acted out of conviction. For reasons, what I like about Generation Earth is working with young, motivated people who are convinced that every one of us can make a difference – even if the success might seem small at first glance. Generation Earth is the best proof that – within a community – small advances can get over into big changes.
Nate (WWF Austria) – Co-Founder and Program Manager 2010-2022
In 2009, I proposed to the WWF Austria education team that they start a youth leadership program. The concept was based on my experiences with an inspiring youth empowerment program that I was part of in Alaska. To my joy, they said, “let’s make it happen!” The very next year, 2010, we kicked off the youth program with a group of seven amazing Austrian teens. Now, more than ten years later, I have the privilege to pass on the program to a new program manager, Georgina, “George,” who has “grown up” with Generation Earth. I am overjoyed to see the program grow, change and develop – that it is like a living organism, that experiences all the highs and lows of life. I have grown as well with the program and I always said, “when I work myself out of a job and am replaced by a GE member,” then I’ve done a good job!
Here’s to the future of Generation Earth!
WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) is one of the largest environmental organizations in the world and active in around 100 countries. Worldwide 5,3 million people support the WWF.