International Youth Day: Focus on the Next Generation
Here's a big question for you - what do you think the countryside will look like in 20, 30 or even a 100 years?
How about our wildlife? Will rabbits still be digging holes in fields, do you think our bird feeders will still be swarming with tits and finches?
What can we do to try to conserve our future landscape and biodiversity? For as King George VI said: "The wildlife of today is not ours to dispose of as we please, we have it in trust, we must account for it to those who come after".
Whilst planting trees and running conservation projects for our most imperiled animals are all fantastic initiatives there is one thing we can all do - engender a love of the natural world in our youngsters. Many of them are getting there before us, the youth arm of Extinction Rebellion is a perfect example, but what about those still welded to their phones and computers? This is a subject we're tackling in the November edition of CJS Focus which will be looking at "The Next Generation", considering ways to get school age children involved and the importance of doing so. We're in very early stages of preparation so if you've got any suggestions as to what we should include or perhaps you'd like to put yourself forward to write an article please get in touch with Amy.
On this International Youth Day take a moment to consider the role of young people as essential partners in change; the UN say it's an opportunity to raise awareness of challenges and problems facing the world’s youth. This year's theme is: Transforming Education - highlighting efforts to make education more inclusive and accessible for all youth, including efforts by youth themselves, and examining how Governments, young people and youth-led and youth-focused organizations, as well as other stakeholders, are transforming education so that it becomes a powerful tool to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.