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'Building the 
next generation 
of NATURE 
CONSERVATIONISTS'

To be a 'conservationist' or 'environmentalist' doesn't just mean following a career as a field biologist or a campaigner. We believe that a passion for nature can flow through anyone's life, whatever their day-job. We want to inspire today's young people to a long-term belief in the wonder of the living world, which will shape their dreams and actions however their life turns out. Find out more about our plans in Action for Conservation's new five-year strategy.  

About
Strategy

New research, commissioned by Action for Conservation, surveyed over 1,000 11-16-year-olds across the UK to learn how they felt about the environment. The insights from this survey reveal that 64% of young people aged between 11 and 16 are experiencing eco-anxiety. Young people are also frustrated with adults for not advocating for their future. Hendrikus van Hensbergen, Founder and CEO of Action for Conservation, says: "We see first-hand the impacts of eco-anxiety but also how direct experiences in nature and participation in positive actions for nature alleviate these worries". Read the full report 'Young People and the Environment'.

62% of young people

Do not feel adults, including politicians, teachers and parents, listen to their ideas and worries about

the future and

state of the planet

Grow Your Vision

YOUNG PEOPLE
APPLY TO JOIN A 
YOUTH LEADERSHIP GROUP

Action for Conservation is looking for young people aged 13-17 to join our Youth Leadership Groups (YLG) across England and Wales. We have three exciting nature restoration projects where young people are at the heart of designing and creating what future landscapes will look like in partnership with landowners, farmers, scientists and local people.

If you're interested in nature and motivated to take action for our planet and local communities, then this is for you!

Below you can find your nearest project. Find out more by reading the Information Pack with a parent/guardian and Apply Online!

The Penpont Project, Bannau Brycheiniog, Wales

Deadline for applications, Sunday 14th July 2024 at midnight

The Heartwood Project, Matlock, Peak District

Deadline for applications, Monday 26th August 2024 at midnight

TEACHERS & YOUTH WORKERS

INSPIRE YOUR STUDENTS

Action for Conservation works with secondary schools and youth groups to inspire and empower students to become the next generation of environmentalists. We are passionate about bringing nature into the lives of all young people, regardless of circumstance. Our WildED programme, led by young conservation professionals working in the field, currently runs in our priority regions in youth groups and schools in which an average of 49% of pupils are in receipt of pupil premium.

Teachers

VOLUNTEERS

BE AN INSPIRATION

Passionate about the natural world, a believer in the need to communicate this to others, early on in your career in conservation or related fields? Join our team of over 70 volunteer workshop leaders who are inspiring the next generation. To find out more about what is involved read our Information Pack and complete an expression of interest form.

Workshop Leaders
Partners

SYSTEMIC CHANGE

RACE FOR NATURE'S RECOVERY

In partnership with Generation SuccessSOS-UK and
Voyage Youth. We worked with over 30 environmental organisations across the UK to tackle the longstanding lack of diversity in the environmental movement. Over 18 months we provided 125 young people from underrepresented backgrounds with a route into the sector through Living Wage work placements and opportunities to influence organisational practices at the highest level.

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