The Founders

The power of film making, creativity and working with young people were the beginning of youth4planet. We started with a question: how do we get from understanding climate change and the limits of our only Earth to real change towards a sustainable lifestyle? How do we create images and new perspectives for an even better life on Earth and spread the good news with our smart devices? How can we activate the unlimited creative powers of the young generation for the best of all?

Joerg Altekruse

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Joerg Altekruse, film director/producer/socialentrepreneur/academic/, president of the German charity association Youth4planet e.V.   ( as well as the Youth4planet a.s.b.l., Luxembourg,

is a lifelong filmmaker and producer, based in Hamburg, Germany, with a broad range of mainly documentary films, working with broadcasters worldwide, and a special personal interest in environmental, technological and social change topics. He used his skills to create art installations and exhibition concepts (at Expo2000) and for advising and creating campaigns mainly in working for/with the German state agency for public health, BZgA on topics like AIDS , children  and smoking.

His filmmaking for change concepts are based on the huge cooperation and learning opportunities in the digital sphere. Humans can reach the most incredible goals, climb the highest mountains, walk on the moon, if they learn to use the dynamic balance between the power of the individual, the group and and their common interest to reach this goal.

He envisions the digital space as the most promising chance for the survival of mankind, through action based learning, the combined creativity in the cloud and global interaction. 

Liz Courtney

048 Liz Courtney, filmdirector and producer was awarded 100 women of influence award in 2015 for her vision to change the way we educate, inspire and motivate youth about the planet and our environment In 2016 she was inducted into the Australian Business Women’s Hall of Fame.

Liz changed stilletos for snowboots, leaving behind a highly successsful Media Communications background to pursue storytelling, where a chance role to direct 40 teenagers holding the first youth climate conference in Antarctica  changed her life. Liz raised 3 million dollars, created and directed The Tipping Points series now playing in over 50 countries; worked with the IPCC to create Earth’s Survival, and the UN to deliver Cool School Antarctica.

Co-creator of Youth4Planet 2015 Liz saw the need to give youth a voice for their future, recognizing them as THE GAMECHANGERS and used her skills, including digital, social media to create a pilot program in Germany with co-creator Joerg Altekruse. Liz is well respected for her translational science ability, and her boundless energy and enthusiasm for orchestrating change.

Liz has directed/produced over 45 documentaries in the last 10 years and is currently chair of Women4Change in Australia.

There are many more, of course, who have helped to shape and constantly improve the youth4planet concept all along the way: namely the young people, starting from the age of 6, with their questions and their curiosity and inventiveness. And of course the many friends and professionals that helped with their insight into technology, filmmaking, web and communication design, organisational and legal issues.

A list of our contributors will follow soon.

Edwin Stepp

HS-Hamburg-2019 Edwin Stepp is president of Django Productions, LLC based in Pasadena, CA. He has more than thirty years experience in television, media and marketing. Believing the old adage, “Truth is stranger than fiction,” Django Productions specializes in documentaries, nonfiction TV and feature films about true stories and historical events. The company co-produced Vinylmania, a film about the resurgence of vinyl records and also The Last Wild Race, a film about a grueling adventure race held each year in the Chilean Patagonia. Django is now at work on a documentary about the legendary blues singer, Howlin’ Wolf, another about America’s most prolific science fiction writer, Ray Bradbury, who wrote Fahrenheit 451.
Django is also currently at work on several feature films including one about the life of Bill Monroe, the father of Bluegrass music. The film already has an A-list cast attached and a “Who’s Who” of Bluegrass and Country musicians will be featured on the soundtrack.
Prior to founding Django Productions, he helped form Vision Media Productions, which specialized in documentaries about Middle East history, biblical and religious history and archaeology. Their films were broadcast on various U.S. cable networks including Discovery Channel, National Geographic and History Channel. The documentaries also aired internationally across Europe and Asia. VMP’s first production, Cheating God Out of Christianity won four international TV awards including a Gold Camera Award, the top prize at the U.S. International Film & Video Festival and the Intermedia Globe Gold award from the World Media Festival in Hamburg, Germany.


André Oldenburg


Hey, mein Name ist André Oldenburg, für Y4P-Luxemburg seit Dezember 2018 unterwegs. Ich wohne in Trier/Deutschland, bin Sozialpädagoge, medienaffin, Punk-Musiker, bin gerne draußen, verheiratet und Vater von zwei Kindern. Ich freue mich sehr, nun ein Teil des Y4P-Teams zu sein und Kindern und Jugendlichen eine Stimme zu geben, mit der sie sich für Nachhaltigkeitsthemen einsetzen können. Auf geht’s!


meng Numm ass André Oldenburg. Zënter Dezember 2018 schaffen ech fir Y4P-Lëtzebuerg. Ech wunnen zu Tréier, sinn Sozialpädagog, Medien-Begeeschtert, Punk-Museker, gäre dobaussen, bestuet an Papp vun zwee Kanner.

Ech sinn frou, eng Deel vum Y4P-Team ze sinn an Kanner an Jonker eng Stëmm ze ginn, mat der si sech fir Nohaltegkeets-Themen kënnen asetzen. Lass geet et!