Year of Green Action 2019

We are proud to be partnering with Defra and the #IWill4nature campaign to support the 2019 Year of Green Action (YoGA).

Desmond Family Canoe Trail Desmond Family Canoe Trail.
The Year of Green Action is about connecting people, of all ages, from all walks of life and from all across the country with nature and showing how we can all take positive action to improve our environment.
It’s a year-long drive to help everyone get involved in projects that support nature and improve the natural world in our own gardens, schools or workplaces, and as consumers.
To coincide with this, the #iwill campaign, Defra, and a group of 25 environment and youth-sector partners (including us) are spearheading activity to drive a new agenda forward – with young people at its heart. This includes appointing young ambassadors to drive environmental action in their communities and encourage environmental volunteering such as litter picking, planting pollinator-friendly flowers or fundraising to maintain or enhance green spaces.

Scout resources

We are working with the Scouts to refresh our 'A million hands' partnership to tackle plastic pollution in our waterways.

We've created a set of resources to support Scout groups to plan and lead green social action that will have a local impact, and work towards tackling the global issue of plastic pollution. We're empowering young people to take action that will benefit their communities and beyond.

Youth Panel

Youth in action on the canal

To coincide with Youth Social Action Day 2019, we are launching our first national youth panel. Using the Year of Green Action as a focus, we are bringing together a group of young people from across the country to put young people’s voices at the centre of our work. 

This is an exciting step on our journey to embedding youth leadership and social action in all our work. Harry who is 17 and from Cheshire has joined because 'the youth panel is in a unique position to inspire and enthuse a much closer connection of young people with our waterways'.

The group will be working closely with decision-makers and teams across the Trust to shape our youth engagement programmes and to act as ambassadors sharing our key messages with young people and new audiences. Youth panel member Alex, from York said: "I hope to be able to make a difference in how our canals and rivers are perceived, especially by young people."

All the youth panel members are passionate about the opportunity, our  vision to make life better by water, and bring a range of experience to the group. The youth panel are going to be making a difference in their communities, across our regions and beyond.

We are working with the members of the youth panel to plan their programme, and we will be sharing more of their stories and ideas soon.

Last date edited: 17 December 2020