Young people created the hashtag #owningit to take social media by storm and show how the future of young people is interlinked with the future of the environment. Many of them took action for the environment across the UK and inspired others to do the same. Have a read of Zach’s blog to get a flavour!
Their amazing actions are improving hundreds of communities in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. But these young people weren’t happy to settle for local level change, they wanted their voices heard and change to be made by the Government!
More than 300 young people answered the question:
‘If you could change one thing for you and the environment, what would this be?’
Their answers were analysed and whittled down to three key asks:
more time spent learning in and about nature
support to get into environmental jobs
Government, employers, businesses, schools and charities to pay more attention to the needs of young people and the environment
The Youth Forum members are being trained in speaking with decision makers and influencing power by campaigning experts and in March 2019 young people from the Our Bright Future projects will meet their MPs in Parliament to discuss how these changes can be turned into a reality.
More activities will be organised next year, and the great thing is that they will be all youth-led. To find out more about the campaign and next steps check out the blogwritten by Roberta, our Policy and Campaign Manager, and look for the latest updates on Twitter and Instagram.
The Environment Now supported, trained and provided £10k funding grants for 50 young people aged 17-24 to create unique digital ideas to help the environment. @natyouthagency @O2ThinkBig_NCS @TNLComFund