Yorkshire Times
Voice of the North
3:55 PM 13th November 2019

Youth Environment Summit

The Green Futures Youth Environment Summit brought 33 young people together
The Green Futures Youth Environment Summit brought 33 young people together
The fourth annual Green Futures Youth Environment Summit took place at Malham Tarn Field Centre, following months of hard work and planning by a group of passionate young people from across the region, including young carers, environmental trainees, Young Rangers and eco-school committee members.

Practical sessions, many delivered by the young people themselves, included a focus on land, rivers and oceans and how our lifestyles can impact upon each from plastic free periods to the food we eat.

One of the participants said: “It’s important that we look at making small differences in our lives and the impact we have on the planet. The Summit helps to get our thoughts out into the open, meet new people, learn more about the environment and spend some time outdoors.”

The event also heard from professionals from across the Dales.

As a partner of YDMT, Jim McRobert, Regional Branch Manager for Hawes and Malton Carrs Billington, discussed how agriculture is important in the current climate.

He said: “It was great to attend the Youth Summit and have the opportunity to discuss Carrs Billington, sustainability and careers in agriculture with a varied group of young people who were very clearly keen on taking action for our environment.

“The conversations clearly demonstrated the need for agriculture to be much more front and centre of the whole environment and climate crisis debate to ensure people’s opinions are made with factual information to hand.

“I look forward to engaging with these young people once again in the future.”

The event was part of the Green Futures programme which aims to empower and support the ambitious and capable young people of Yorkshire and Lancashire to become more involved, aware and connected to the fantastic natural environment that’s right on their doorstep.

Sarah Deane, Acting Green Futures Programme Manager, added: “It was a pleasure to welcome so many young people to the summit and it once again demonstrated how important the environment is to the younger generation.

“Participants were under no illusion at the scale of the climate crisis but wanted to discuss practical solutions and what they can do to make a difference.

“It was a fantastic event and already preparations are underway for next year’s meeting.”

Green Futures is part of Our Bright Future, a £33 million programme funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and led by The Wildlife Trusts that aims to tackle three big challenges facing society today - a lack of social cohesion, a lack of opportunities for young people and vulnerability to climate change.