Youth Voice for Nature 

 

Young people are the future of the Shropshire Hills. 

Youth Voice for Nature is for local people aged 17-21 who live in, or near to the Shropshire Hills AONB and who would like to take action to conserve it.

*YOUTH VOICE FOR NATURE - DIGITAL LAUNCH EVENT*

Monday 5th July at 7:30pm  

Register for the launch event here!

 

Youth Voice for Nature

Young people are the future of the Protected Landscapes we care about but they are under-represented in the decision making process.

  • Take part in an environmental forum in collaboration with the Shropshire Hills AONB Partnership. Meetings take place approximately once a month to explore and highlight local environmental issues
  • Gain valuable work experience with a conservation organisation and build on your  understanding of environmental management issues, on a landscape-scale
  • Represent young people's priorities and concerns and take action through a local campaign or project

Young people in the countryside

What's involved?

Set against a backdrop of unprecedented concern for the future of the natural world manifesting in a Climate and Ecological Emergency, AONBs are in a good position to do something POSITIVE about this locally.  

  • A working group in collaboration with the Shropshire Hills AONB Partnership, meeting with peers roughly once a month, to explore and highlight local environmental– your priorities
  • Personal development and leadership, by meeting other like-minded young people, by working as a team and by developing communication skills
  • Connecting with the AONB landscape to understand conservation issues; to gain insight into the work of the Shropshire Hills AONB and related conservation organisations and networks
  • Work to embed young people’s priorities in the governance and future working of the Shropshire Hills AONB Partnership
  • Project work focussing on a local environmental campaign or issue that you care about, e.g.:
    a Local Climate Change Strategy for young people working towards Net Zero, or a Nature Recovery Plan or Species Action Plan for the AONB

 

Why get involved? 

The Shropshire Hills AONB Management Plan 2019-24 specifically makes the development of a youth engagement project one of our top priorities, incorporating elements such as the John Muir Award, Young Rangers and Youth Voice for Nature.

  • Be an advocate for nature and an ambassador for the Shropshire Hills AONB, a protected landscape.
  • Understand more about your local natural environment and make a positive difference to it
  • Develop leadership skills and play an active role in supporting the work of the Shropshire Hills AONB
  • Contribute youth perspective to the governance of the Shropshire Hills AONB Partnership
  • Be part of the work of the Europarc Federation, a network of protected landscapes across Europe
  • Build on your knowledge/understanding of the local landscape and of local environmental networks and organisations 

For more information please contact:

  • Joe Penfold, Young Rangers Project Officer  joe.penfold@shropshire.gov.uk                                                                                                               

Youth Voice for Nature is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Lottery Fund and the following organisations 

Heritage Fund logo South Shropshire Youth Forum logo        Shropshire's great Outdoors logo