With local elections just around the corner, the young people of Wales have come together as part of the Stand for Nature Wales and Our Bright Future projects to ask their local council to declare a nature emergency. It’s a historic event and the perfect opportunity for young people to have their voices heard.
Councillors have the power to make important decisions about what’s best for a local area, including on issues that affect young people, the environment and nature. We can help you contact your local candidates about the issues that matter to you.
On Thursday 5 May, councils across Wales are holding elections. And this year it’s especially exciting, as 2022 is the first time 16- and 17-year-olds can vote!
Why are local elections important?
One in six species in Wales is at risk of extinction.
Many of the actions that could be taken to tackle the drastic decline of nature lie in the hands of Wales’ 22 Local Authorities. Things like:
  • stopping the use of pesticides and peat-based composts on Council land
  • helping bees and other pollinators by mowing roadside verges less often
  • using nature-based solutions to flooding, like tree planting
  • creating more green space within towns and cities
You can send a message to the candidates standing in your ward asking them what they plan to do for the environment and young people in your area.
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Your council has declared a nature emergency; you can let them know if you support this.
Here’s some suggested wording for writing to your local candidates. You can make changes and add your own thoughts when you write your letter – it will be a more powerful message if they hear from you in your own words.
Dear candidate(s)
I am a young person living in the ward where you’re standing for election. Nature and the future of our environment is very important to me. I will be voting on 5 May.
  1. I believe it’s really important that young people have the opportunity to input into important decisions that affect us and our future. If elected, will you commit to listening to young people and taking our views into account? If so, how will you do that?
  2. Our local authority has declared a nature emergency. What actions do you want the council to take, and what actions would you personally take if elected, for the benefit of the environment?
  3. Add in any specific questions you have about your local community
I look forward to your reply. Please also copy in election@wtwales.org to your response
Thank you for your time.
Yours sincerely,
Copy this text 👆 into an email; feel free to change it however you want to.
Click here to find contact details of registered candidates, and you can email them yourself.
Your local council has not yet declared a nature emergency. You can let them know if you would support them taking this step.
Here’s some suggested wording for writing to your local candidates. You can make changes and add your own thoughts when you write your letter – it will be a more powerful message if they hear from you in your own words.
Dear candidate(s)
I am a young person living in the ward where you’re standing for election. Nature and the future of our environment is very important to me. I will be voting on 5 May.
  1. I believe it’s really important that young people have the opportunity to input into important decisions that affect us and our future. If elected, will you commit to listening to young people and taking our views into account? If so, how would you do that?
  2. We are in a nature crisis, with one in six species in Wales at risk of extinction. If elected, would you support the local authority declaring a nature emergency and agreeing a plan of action to address this?
  3. Add in any specific questions you have about your local community
I look forward to your reply. Please also copy in election@wtwales.org to your response
Thank you for your time.
Yours sincerely,
Copy this text 👆 into an email; feel free to change it however you want to.
Click here to find contact details of registered candidates, and you can email them yourself.
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Young people from Our Bright Future and Stand for Nature Wales have co-designed this action. If you have any questions, contact ourbrightfuture@wildlifetrusts.org or take a look at our frequently asked questions here.