The fourth Festival of Daring Possibilities will ask the question "what if we took charge of our future?"
One of the lead speakers at this weekend's event is former West Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam and when Australian Community Media asked him what the most important thing people could do to start creating a positive future was, he said the answer was different for everyone.
"The school strikers have already inspired and re-charged the global campaign for a safe climate," he said.
"There is a place here for everyone - artists, farmers, architects, lawyers, engineers - we can all be a part of this huge shift.
"Everyone who decides to take their power back, in large ways or small, is helping shift the balance."
Mr Ludlam said the direction Australia was currently heading in was being "vividly expressed" by the federal government, who were driving the country into a future of extreme bushfire risk, the eventual evacuation of coastal areas due to flooding and "a very climate destabilised future".
"We're out of time for political delaying tactics - we need politicians to tell the truth about the scale of the challenge," he said.
"But what I love about the festival is that it shows people are done with waiting for the politicians."
The Festival of Daring Possibilities is on Friday and Saturday, August 16 and 17, at the Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre in Bega.
On Friday, from 7pm student speakers from across the Valley will share their visions about what happens when we step up and take charge of protecting our future and what it means to them to have adults listen and act.
The first nations' Meaghan Holt and Amethyst, former member of SEED, the Indigenous Youth Climate Justice Network, will perform a piece developed specifically for this event and Mr Ludlam will speak.
From 9am to 1pm on Saturday there will be an expo of community groups and organisations that are already supporting sustainable living practices and positive climate action.
It will include music, a foraging walk around Bega, a healthy forest eco activity, a drum circle and juggling workshop, a talk about the climate emergency petition and a screening of the documentary The Power of Community.
To learn more visit the festival's Facebook page here.
Tickets are $10, to buy click here.