Welcome to WCA's Youth Group! We are a fairly new group, open to all under 25's in Wiltshire who want to get involved with local climate action. We will be running inspiring talks and 'how to' workshops and have lots of exciting ideas for the future including competitions and demonstrations!
To mark the second anniversary of Wiltshire Council acknowledging a climate emergency, we recently held a Youth Climate Conference with Wiltshire Councillors and MPs. We are currently collecting climate commitments from our leaders which we will share in the run up to the local elections. Report to follow soon but in the mean time you can watch the recording of the event HERE
or read about it in this Wiltshire Times article.
We have recently decided to offer young members the opportunity to run some of our youth meetings so that we all have the opportunity to discuss the issues that we are passionate about. Contact us for more information or register your interest HERE.
Tuesday 4th May at 6pm - General Youth Meeting (register HERE)
If you have any questions, please email us at email@example.com
To join as a young member, register HERE.
Young People's workshop with Wiltshire Council - 12th November - Recommendations for a greener future? - Here is the report
On the 12th November, we held our first ever youth event, with the aim of providing young people with an opportunity to influence what Wiltshire Council is doing to plan for a greener recovery. Young participants had the chance to have their voices heard and put ideas straight to the council.
We were delighted that 25 young people joined the meeting and around 40 people in all attended including Wiltshire councillors and officers. We had an excellent spread of age groups, with several university students and also people as young as 9 attending.
The report and recommendation (in the form of PowerPoint Slides) can be seen on this LINK
Here is a useful document containing hints and tips for lobbying.
Your lobbying is most effective when it is really based on and informed by the law- legal issues are the no1 problem when NGOs and citizen groups approach campaigning.
Need to enter into your politician’s ‘space’ e.g. where do they spend their time- online, within the council, at the end of an email etc....
Click here to read the full document.
Here is a selection of free resources that you may find interesting:
This blog written by our Youth Coordinator which explores sustainable living and wider environmental issues.
'How youth activism is moving the needle on climate action' article
David Attenborough's 'Climate Change: The Facts' documentary
Greta Thunberg's 'I am Greta' documentary
Teach the Future campaign and petition which is calling for climate change to be included on the school curriculum.