New generation making waves

By Jack Waters

ENVIRONMENTAL sustainability has been a passion shared by Emily Davies and Sophie Rees-Druitt for as long as they can remember. Now the duo is about to celebrate a huge milestone – and you’re invited!

New Wave Fest will be Emily and Sophie’s first fundraising event as registered not-for-profit organisation The Modern Generation.

The founders of The Modern Generation, which aims to inspire the youth of today to take action on what they feel passionate about from ocean conservation, animal welfare to human rights, will host a day full of live music, good food and environmental conservation workshops to help raise funds for the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS).

The pair have previously organised two fundraisers for the AMCS, raising more than $3,800 at a concert in 2019 and an open mic night in May this year.

Emily said she was inspired in year 9 when she met a girl who was helping children suffering from malnutrition in the Philippines.

“When I heard that she was only in year 12 when she started, I realised that there must be a way for Sophie and I to make a change as well,” Emily said.

“This was why we decided to organise our fundraising concert in 2019. Even though Sophie and I lacked experience in the science or business field, we were still able to use our love for music to raise funds to protect our oceans.

“Going into this year, we realised that there are so many other high school students in our community who are very passionate about different causes but are uninspired to take action, or unaware that it’s an option.

“By starting this organisation and involving as much youth as possible in our events, we hope to encourage other teenagers to act on causes they believe in.”

New Wave Fest will feature a talk series hosted by young change-makers sharing their passions, perspective and experiences.

Some of the region’s best young musicians will also be performing, with genres ranging from folk and ukulele band to concert jazz and rock band.

The event will be held on Saturday, September 25 from 10am-3pm at Old Chevallum School, 24 Old Chevallum School Road.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and can be found at

If you can’t make it to the event, Emily said there were some things you could do at home to help make a difference.

“Next time you purchase an item, take five minutes to go online and look at how your chosen brand is impacting our environment,” she said.

“It is also important to swap out your daily waste for a zero-waste alternative, like reusable coffee cups, cloth shopping bags and cloth masks.”