The Kids Are Alright!

Bolton Green Umbrella | Monday 07 October 2019 | 0 Comments

Over the past year, young environmental activists have been making big news and an even bigger impact across the globe. The ‘School Strike for Climate’ protest, which began as a one-girl demonstration by sixteen-year-old Swede Greta Thunberg in August 2018, quickly flourished into a worldwide youth movement, one that continues to grow as more and more young people take a stand for a cause they passionately believe in; our planet. You only need to look at the crowds of supporters who joined Thunberg in protest outside UN headquarters in New York City back in August, and the huge public response to her emotional speech at the UN Climate Action summit in late September.

Of course, Greta is not on her own. Inspiring youngsters from all over the globe, including Great Britain, are making their voices heard and urging authorities to take responsibility for our planet. Fifteen-year-old Dara McAnulty from Fermanagh in Northern Ireland fully supports Thunberg and has long been a supporter of policy change for a greener planet. He regularly blogs about his own experiences in nature and his concerns for the environment, driven by his passion for wildlife. Dara has spoken alongside other prominent activists (such as television presenter Chris Packham) at numerous events across the UK, and has also written a book about his love for the natural world, due for release in May next year.

A little closer to home, eight-year-old Elizabeth from Wirrell was recently interviewed by BBC News after she started her own litter-picking group for children, aptly named ‘Little Collectors’. Showing wisdom beyond her years, Elizabeth says “I think if we try our hardest and work as hard as we can, we can make a difference”. Inspiring words indeed!

With so many young people now taking a stand, engaging in environmental activism and working hard to improve where they live, what better time for us to add a new classification of Young People Groups to our organisation? We have already had the pleasure of welcoming two brand new groups of this kind to Bolton Green Umbrella this month; SPE (Society of the Protection of the Earth), a children’s environment club founded by ten-year-old Roxy Atack, and Girl Guiding Lancashire Border Headquarters who provide women and girls across Bolton with training, activities and access to a large garden.

We would love to grow this new area of BGU and welcome all new groups and members. If you would like to organise an event for children and/or young adults, start a Young People group of your own, or know a young person who would, please feel free to contact us for more information and guidance. And as always, keep an eye on our events page for upcoming family-friendly activities across Bolton!


Photo credit: Vincent Cole via Manchester Evening News


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