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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


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Our Bright Future featured in Time Out London: 3 September 2019 issue 
Following the recent launch of The 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 Home and 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 read here


Our Bright Future attends launch of £100 million National Lottery Climate Action Fund
Ummi Hoque from the My World My Home project addressed leaders from across the environmental sector at the launch of the £100 million National Lottery Climate Action Fund. She stressed that ‘young people must be at the forefront of the drive to resolve the climate emergency’. The Environment Now projects Twipes and Pocket Pals also showcased their innovative products to reduce waste and engage young people with wildlife. Read the full story here


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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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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