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New report shows how nature nurtures children
The Wildlife Trusts commissioned a study by the Institute of Education at UCL to evaluate the impact that experiencing nature has upon children. Overall, the research revealed that children’s wellbeing increased after they had spent time connecting with nature: the children showed an increase in their personal wellbeing and health over time, and they showed an increase in nature connection and demonstrated high levels of enjoyment. Read more here.
One of the UK’s largest youth-led environmental programmes is calling young people to take part in Outdoor Classroom Day this Thursday
Our Bright Future, a partnership of 31 projects across the UK, is calling young people to spend an hour of their school day outdoors, this Thursday, in order to improve wellbeing and engage with nature. Read the full article here.
The greatest environmental youth movement you’ve never heard of
Behind Greta Thunberg’s headline grabbing thunderstorm of the #YouthStrike4Climate and the Extinction Rebellion protests, there is a grassroots environmental youth movement tackling climate change and boosting young potential. Nearly 100,000 passionate, skilled and environmentally conscious young people are leading the way to a brighter future, through Our Bright Future, a programme funded by The National Lottery Community Fund. Read the full article here.
Our Bright Future featured in Time Out London: 3 September 2019 issue
Following the recent launch ofThe National Lottery Climate Action Fund, Time Out London has published an article about Our Bright Future Youth Forum member; Ummi Hoque. She did a speech at the launch event about her involvement in the Our Bright Future project;My World My Homeand inspired us all! If you’re in London today (3 September) do pick up a copy from stations in Zone 1 and 2 and turn to page 14. Alternatively, you can have a readhere.
Our Bright Future attends launch of £100 million National Lottery Climate Action Fund
Youth Steering Group to conduct a review of DEFRA environment and climate policy
Such exciting news from Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) A historical day and a crucial step towards one of the three changes young people want to see: to be heard and play an active role in society.
‘Defra and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy have invited the Youth Steering Group to conduct a review of environment and climate policy. The Youth Steering Group is a group of young people aged 14-24, brought together for the first time in 2019 by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and led by the British Youth Council. The review will be carried out by a committee comprising members of the Youth Steering Group and facilitated by the British Youth Council. The Group will consider progress and priorities for future action relating to three areas – tackling climate change, waste and recycling and biodiversity loss – and also consider how government can better capture the views of young people as it develops environment and climate policy. The review will take place in July and report to Ministers after the summer.’
We hope that the Youth Steering Group will explore ways of including some of the inspiring young people who are already leading in this area, like you. Read more here.
Networking event aims to inspire next generation
Young people got the chance to learn from environmental professionals in an innovative and informative setting thanks to Amelia, a Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust Young Ambassador and Our Bright Future Youth Forum member. Read the full article here.