Asia Pacific Cities Summit & Mayors Forum

Looking to our future

The Asia Pacific Cities Summit and Mayors’ Forum provides young professionals with the connections and environment to express their ideas and assist the change towards a more innovative, mobile, sustainable and liveable Australia.

From the 7 – 10 July 2019, I attended the 2019 Asia Pacific Cities Summit (APCS) as a young professional sponsored by QUT. Four days of engaging and insightful speakers presenting on their approaches to improving Australia; forums where I could express my solutions and ideas; performances from intriguing and genuine artists; dinners focused on networking; and the early morning Mayors’ Urban Walk from South Bank to the Botanical Gardens, to get participant’s creative juices flowing for the day, were my key experiences. However, what did I learn?

I learnt that actioning an idea is the journey to change, and we are in a rapidly evolving world where we survive and thrive by adapting and innovating, whilst protecting the most precious resource – THE ENVIRONMENT.

Further, one specific speaker resonated with me and his name is Arlian Ecker – widely known as Plastic Free Boy. He is 14-years-old and spoke about the impact of single-use plastic on the environment and how ‘we need to open the door, so the next generation can come through and make the changes.’ Further, I consider Australia to be a charismatic country. So, when I was listening to Arlian go through the statistics, it shocked me how the country and creatures I love were dying as a result of negligent actions.

The environment provides the foundation for the quality of life. If we want to live happy and healthy; we must care for our environment.

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Proud Indigenous Australian | Bachelor of Business (Accountancy, Forensics and Data)

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