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Young people have a lot to say, and it's time we listen.  

Here at UNICEF Australia, we’re giving young people a platform to speak up on issues they care about. In every episode, our UNICEF Australia Ambassador and your podcast host, Rae Johnston, is passing the mic to young people and experts as we discuss everything from climate change to mental health and inequality.  

Listen in as young voices speak up about the big issues and their hopes for the future. No matter who they are or where they live, every young voice matters.  

You can listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Podcasts.  

Bushfire smoke turns the sky and sun red in the Australian bush© UNICEF Australia/Supplied

Episode 3 Launched 12 Feb

Surviving a bushfire

In Episode 3, host Rae Johnston chats with Takesa Frank from Episode 2, a climate activist and young Aboriginal person living in Yuin Country whose hometown was impacted by the 2019-2020 Black Summer bushfires. Joining them is Felicity from Royal Far West, a UNICEF partner working to deliver mental health support to country children. Together, they discuss their lived experience of the bushfires, the importance of building bushfire resilience, and how Royal Far West has helped communities get back on their feet after natural disasters.

UNICEF Podcast Episode 2© UNICEF/UN0474758/Babajanyan VII Photo

Episode 2 Launched 29 Jan 2024

What is climate anxiety?

In this episode, we are talking about climate anxiety, its impact on young people, and the tools to manage it. Rae Johnston passes the mic to Clinical Psychologist Avalon Bourne, who wrote her thesis on climate anxiety for her Masters Degree, and Takesa Frank, a young Australian who has lived experience with climate anxiety.

UNICEF Podcast Episode 1
Nate Byrne, Rae Johnston and Denzel talk about our changing climate.
‍© UNICEF Australia/2023

Episode 1 Launched 17 Jan 2024

How is our planet changing?

ABC weatherman Nate Byrne and UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador Denzel chat to Rae Johnston about the wild changing weather patterns, the difference between La Nina and El Nino, and young people’s experience and reaction to climate change. 

Rae Johnston

Meet your host, Rae Johnston

UNICEF Australia Ambassador Rae Johnston is an award-winning STEM journalist and a presenter on NITV. She also produces and hosts a range of successful podcasts, including her most recent series, 100 Climate Conversations, where she interviews visionary Australians about their response to climate change. Rae is a proud Wiradjuri woman born and was raised on Dharug and Gundungurra country in Western Sydney. Rae's passions include STEM, climate, gender equality and gaming.

UNICEF Youth

Dive into the world of UNICEF Youth

UNICEF Youth is a platform for you to learn about child rights and the issues that young people care about. You will also be inspired by other young people who are advocating for a better world for all.