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EACEA National Policies Platform


9. Youth and the World

9.7 Current debates and reforms

Last update: 22 January 2021

LAST MODIFIED ON: 11/11/2020 - 20:22


In September 2020, the UK government’s Environment Agency published a State of the Environment report, steered by the commitment of the 25 Year Environment Plan. It states: 

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has exposed and amplified green inequality in society. Too many towns and cities in England, especially those with a strong industrial heritage, have too little green space, too few trees, culverted rivers, poor air quality and are at risk of flooding. This holds back economic growth and the building of new homes.

The report states there is substantial and growing evidence for the physical and mental health benefits of spending time in the natural environment, but children are engaging less with nature. The report provides direction to future policy-making in terms of young people and the environment - outlining air pollution as one of the main priorities. However this report does not discuss any youth participation or contribution in UK or global environmental issues for the future.