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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

 

 
 
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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
 
 
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Down to Earth on BBC Countryfile
Our partners, Down to Earth in South Wales were featured on Countryfile on 2 June 2019. Matt Baker learned about their sustainable construction projects and climbed trees and ate pizza with the young people. If you missed the episode, don’t worry, it’s available here until 2 July 2019. Down To Earth are featured 2:30 – 8:30 and 53 until the end. 
 
 
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BBC Bitesize feature Our Bright Future stories 
As part of the geography careers feature on BBC Bitesize, four young people from Our Bright Future projects have shared their journeys into the conservation sector: 
 
 
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Taking a trip to the farm
The Green Futures project recently took a group of home schooled students to the Forest of Bowland Farm to learn about the origins of the food we see on our plates. Read the full story here

 

 
 
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Jade: Apprenticeships Bring Opportunity 
Read about what Jade from the Green Futures project has learnt in her last nine months as an apprentice conservation officer working with Cumbria Wildlife Trust here

 

 
 
Cardiff UpRiser gives speech at Wales’ launch of the Low Carbon Delivery Plan
When 24 year old, Sion Sleep, from Swansea, answered his phone to UpRising Cymru Programme Coordinator on the 6th of March, 2019, it had never crossed his mind that a couple of weeks later he’d be suited and booted, speaking in front of First Minister for Wales, Mark Drakeford. Read his blog about the day here or watch his speech in the video from 2:07:41. 

 

 
 
Creative Pathways Glasgow kick off a pizza packed programme
Young people at the Creative Pathways Environmental Design project are baking a name for themselves. They’ve chosen a pizza theme for the environmentally conscious work they’re engaged in over the next few month. Read their blog here

 

 
 
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Bright Green Future training weekend 
Young people taking part in the Bright Green Future project met in Liverpool for a weekend of training which focused on creating a sustainable future. Check out Bel and Amelia’s blog here and see what their ideal high street looks like!

 

 
 
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‘Youth climate strikes: why I’ll keep striking and when I’ll stop’ 
Our Bright Future Youth Forum member, Ummi Hoque is part of the My World My Home project delivered by Friends of the Earth. Her and her friends joined the hundreds of thousands of young people around the world striking together for climate action. Check out her blog here

 

 
 
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CBBC documentary
Nine Lives Media have followed school leavers, Jodie, Alex and Jordan on their journey through the Building Sustainable Communities project in South Wales. Watch the moving CBBC documentary on iPlayer now.

 

 
 
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Meeting MPs in Westminster
On 5 March 2019 young people from across the 31 Our Bright Future projects met their MPs in Westminster to ask for:
  1. more time spent learning in and about nature
  2. support to get into environmental jobs
  3. Government, employers, businesses, schools and charities to pay more attention to the needs of young people and the environment.
Read the full article of the event here.