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Young people of Wales take climate action

15 July, 2021
By Wildlife Trusts Wales

We catch up with our partner, Wildlife Trusts Wales, to hear about how the young people of Wales are taking climate action.

In May this year, the Wildlife Trusts in Wales launched Stand for Nature Wales. A youth climate change project which aims to empower and inspire young people to take action for nature in their local area in a bid to tackle climate change.

With over 70% of Wales being used as farmland, farmers have an essential role to play in our fight against climate change. Young farmers really do have the power to make a huge difference to the way we manage our land. By putting nature back into our landscapes it will help us adapt to the changes in weather that climate change is bringing. These nature-based solutions work not only for people but for wildlife too.

Through this vital project, we are reaching and empowering all young people in Wales. We are amplifying young voices and giving them the skills and tools to deliver climate action in their local area. Youth forums across Wales are leading the way by harnessing the potential of nature to tackle the climate crisis. From reinstating wildflower meadows to raising awareness of the importance of our oceans and blue carbon. Young people are securing a Wilder Future for Wales through local climate action.

Chris Baker, Stand for Nature Wales Project Manager said:

“We know that young people are the future. This is why we are delighted to be able to empower the young people of Wales to take climate action not only for nature and wildlife, but for their own wellbeing too.”

There has never been a more important time to take action for nature. We are currently facing a nature emergency, with 17% of species in Wales at risk of extinction. But we can change this by acting now. The Wildlife Trusts are calling for at least 30% of our land and sea to be actively managed for nature by 2030. By putting nature into recovery, we can tackle climate change.

Making more space for nature to become abundant once again will give our struggling wildlife the chance to recover and will restore beautiful wild places – places that store carbon and help to tackle the climate crisis. But to achieve this, we need to stand up for nature, as Ellen, a young person on the Montgomeryshire Stand for Nature Wales Youth Forum explains:

“I think the project is important because it gives young people power to make a change. There are many problems to overcome; loss of habitat, species and tackling climate change but I am confident we can make a difference together.”

Are you a young person who would love to help tackle climate change? Why not join us? Find out more here.

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