Award winning teenage blogger, Zach Haynes, has joined the #OurBrightFuture #OwningIt campaign. Here’s what he’s up to…
For those of you that don’t know me, I’m Zach! I live in North Yorkshire which makes me quite lucky as I have lots of countryside that I can explore. That’s great for me as I have a big passion for nature which has been growing since I was very young. I’ll tell you about how this developed in a bit but one of my biggest ambitions is to try and get more people, especially people my age, appreciating and caring for nature. So, I was very happy to get involved with the #OurBrightFuture campaign as this is all about spreading the message that all our futures, particularly young peoples’, are connected to the future of the environment. I’ve been amazed how some of the little actions I’ve been able to take can make a difference and this campaign is all about lots of us making little differences which will add up to big changes. It’s all about us #Owningit, taking charge of the environment for our futures. I’ll talk about how it doesn’t matter what age you are, you can make more than a little difference.
So, I’ve got my parents to thank for my love of nature I think as since before I could even walk they’ve taken me out through woods, moors, mountains, valleys and dales. I’ve got some great early memories of gazing over lakes, watching and listening to waterfalls, feeding ducks and geese and many more. As I got older I started a blog as a way of learning about the things I would find as I explored the countryside on our family walks. The more I wrote about nature the more I learnt about all of the wonderful wildlife around us, how fascinating and wonderful it is. I also started to realise how fragile it is and the impact humankind is having on the environment. I talk about this a lot with my family and lots of the people I met through my blog when I’ve had the chance to visit reserves or go to events like BIrdfair.
I started to wonder what I could do to help. I’d do practical things like putting up bird boxes, growing bee friendly flowers, helping out at reserves and those sort of things, but I wondered how else I could make a difference. I was 10 when I started blogging, I’m only thirteen now, but I’ve learnt there are a lot that young people can do to make a difference. Here are a few of the things that I’ve discovered whilst doing my blog that anyone can do to help nature.
So, there are lots of ways to get out there and do things to help out wildlife and the environment. Just because we’re young doesn’t mean we can’t be active conservationists. I may not have a vote, but I have an opinion and there are plenty of things I can do to help make a difference.
Taking actions like this will show people it’s #OurBrightFuture and we’re #OwningIt!
Hope you enjoyed,
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