Helping the next generation connect with our amazing planet

Helping the next generation connect with our amazing planet. A raft of inspiring initiatives are launching to help connect young people with nature and empower them to get involved in climate action.

The South Downs National Park Trust is announcing several schemes, including grants for schools across Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire, funding for nature-based activities and a fun eco-art competition. It comes as the Trust, the official independent charity for the National Park, is stepping up activities in 2022 to ensure more young people than ever before can enjoy the South Downs and connect with the amazing landscape, biodiversity and cultural heritage.

Julie Fawcett, Chair of the South Downs National Park Trust, said: “Nature needs us now and that’s why all these initiatives are so important in the face of climate change. “Young people are the future stewards of the South Downs, and indeed our planet, and so it’s vital that we help them learn about biodiversity and how we can protect it. Fortunately, young people are more natured-focused than perhaps ever before and there’s a real appetite to get involved with climate action.

“There are also many children and young people from towns and cities who may never have had the opportunity to visit a National Park and we’re committed to ensuring that everyone gets the chance to connect with the natural world.”

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