Graham Duxbury, national CEO of Groundwork, said:
We have seen the huge positive impact that young people can have on where they live. Groundwork teams work with local young people up and down the country, supporting them to be heard on issues that impact them and their community.
But young people’s influence is not confined to their local area. From one girl sitting alone outside the parliament in Stockholm, the school climate strike has become a global phenomenon with over 100 countries taking part. The first school climate strikes in the UK last month prompted backbench MPs to call the first debate on climate change in the House of Commons chamber for two years. The government has not yet meaningfully engaged with the debate or young people’s voices on climate change but as the movement grows so too does the pressure to take notice.
Through Groundwork Youth, we aim to give young green leaders the tools they need to lead their own campaigns on issues that matter to them, whether that’s a threat to their local park or a threat to the global environment. Strong, sustainable communities are built on the words and actions of all age groups.