Our Youth Council is a group of young people aged 13 to 25 year olds, that live in Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside. They are passionate about protecting the local environment, inspiring social action and creating positive change. The Council works to build a rich and biodiverse future for our area, where nature's recovery is the priority, because as one Council member stated “Nature's future is our future.”
The Council ensures that the voices of young people are at the core of the work of Lancashire Wildlife Trust, so that we truly represent our communities. We increasingly want to see the voices and ideas of young people shine through in our work.
What have we achieved so far?
The Lancashire Wildlife Trust Youth Council was first formed in 2019. Here is a quick look at some of the Council’s achievements so far;
- Supported our #PeatFree campaign. An example is a college now using only peat free products.
- Supported our Nearby Nature work.
- Met with Cat Smith MP, Shadow Minister for Youth, for a Q&A. The Council members expressed the need for greater action on addressing climate change and natures recovery.
- Spoke at the WILD Live national event on planning laws, representing young people at a national level.
- Attended Trustee and Conservation meetings.
- Contributed content for blogs as well as for our membership magazine, Lapwing.
- Attended and spoke at the Carbon Landscape Youth Summit.
- Attended a virtual tour of the Winmarleigh Carbon Farm.
- Co-produced funding bids to extend the work of The Trust.