How did the campaign come about?
In 2018, young people created the hashtag #OwningIt and took social media by storm, showing 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 improved 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?’
We collected more than 700 ideas from young people and youth workers during eight events and youth-led research.
Young people replied that they wanted three key changes around the following themes:
Ask 1: more time spent learning in and about nature
Ask 2: support to get into environmental jobs
Ask 3: Government, employers, businesses, schools and charities to pay more attention to the needs of young people and the environment