Welsh youth lead the way in the fight against climate change

Wildlife Trusts in Wales launch a youth climate change project, Stand for Nature Wales

For the next three years, Wildlife Trusts in Wales will work to empower and inspire young people to take action for nature and wildlife in their local area in a bid to tackle climate change. From urban Cardiff to rural Montgomeryshire, young people are standing for nature and their futures.

There has never been a more important time to take action for nature. We are currently facing a climate and nature emergency, with 17% of species in Wales at risk of extinction. But we can change this. By putting nature into recovery, we can tackle climate change. Thriving habitats can safely lock up vast amounts of carbon, while providing other vital benefits that help us adapt, such as flood prevention, clean water and improved health and wellbeing.

There are many problems to overcome; loss of habitat, species and tackling climate change but I am confident we can make a difference together.

Ellen, a young person on the Montgomeryshire Stand for Nature Wales youth forum said:

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.

Through this vital project, Wildlife Trusts in Wales will amplify young voices and give them the skills and tools to deliver climate action in their areas. Youth forums across Wales will lead 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.

The Wildlife Trusts are calling for at least 30% of our land and sea to be connected and protected for nature’s recovery by 2030. Making more space for nature to become abundant once again will give our struggling wildlife the chance to recover and also restore beautiful wild places - places that store carbon and help to tackle the climate crisis. But to achieve this, we need to stand for nature.

Hannah Stitfall, Wildlife Presenter, Filmmaker and Ambassador for The Wildlife Trusts:

Our natural world is in trouble; this is no secret. But there is still hope! Projects such as Stand for Nature Wales give future generations the skills and knowledge and more importantly, the passion to stand for nature. I am delighted to see this incredible project launch today and can’t wait to see what the young people of Wales achieve!

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Visitor, Jazz Dyson, enjoys and photographs foxgloves {Digitalis purpurea} growing at Denmark Farm Conservation Centre, Lampeter, Wales, UK. June 2011. (Model released) - Ross Hoddinott/2020VISION