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EACEA National Policies Platform


9. Youth and the World

9.5 Green volunteering, production and consumption

Last update: 27 January 2021


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  1. Green volunteering
  2. Green production and consumption


Green volunteering

The following top-level programmes and projects foster young people's participation in environmentally friendly or nature friendly initiatives. They are overseen by non-ministerial departments and agencies and other public bodies, as follows:

  • The #iwill4nature campaign launched in 2019 as part of the UK’s Year of Green Action. It is an initiative to bring young people (10-20 year olds) into the heart of environmental action through environmental volunteering such as litter-picking, maintaining green spaces or campaigning for the zero-plastic agenda.
  • the Snowdonia Ecosystem project holds practical conservation days to maintain and enhance the natural beauty of the Snowdonia National Park and welcomes volunteers who are under the age of 18.
  • the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park runs a Youth Ranger scheme for people aged 16-25, supporting them to learn and develop skills and to get involved in a range of conservation projects in the area.

Additionally, the Eco-Schools programme, run by Keep Wales Tidy (which receives funding from the Welsh Government), empowers young people to make positive environmental changes to their school and wider community whilst building their key skills. The programme is free for schools which are funded by their local authority.

Green production and consumption

The Active Journeys Programme, which is being funded by the Welsh Government for three years and is delivered by Sustrans, involves trained officers working with schools to create a culture where children choose to walk, cycle or use a scooter to get to school. Officers work with school leaders and champions to develop whole-school approaches to active travel, while a range of lessons are on offer to participating pupils.