WWF-UK is working with schools and businesses across the UK to inform, inspire and empower young people, so that they understand sustainability and can play a part in building a positive future for people and nature. They want to help young people build a career with positive long-term prospects, that will benefit their own career path and help bring our world back to life. WWF-UK’s Sustainable Futures Programme equips young people with the right knowledge, skills and experiences to help them thrive in a future green economy, no matter what career path they choose.
The Sustainable Futures Youth Advisory Group
This group exists to help shape the Sustainable Futures Programme and guide the development of resources that meet the needs of young people in secondary and further education. On Saturday, the group had its induction, and below Marie and Raquel tell us about their experience!
My name is Marie and I’m a student in London. I wanted to join the Sustainable Futres Youth Advisory Group because I am passionate about sustainability and striving to make the world more equitable and equal for everyone.
On the 25th of March 2023, we had an online induction where we learned more about our role, such as the significance of youth voice and how sustainable careers affect our planet. We also got to know our fellow members better during the ice breakers and all shared our thoughts and opinions throughout the meeting.
I’m excited to meet everyone in person and see the impact we can all make on other people’s lives as well as each other’s.
I enjoyed the icebreaker and group game, as they encouraged active participation and engagement from all the attendees. The games promoted teamwork and fostered a sense of community among us participants, which I found to be an excellent way to start the workshop.
What really stood out for me, was the Youth Voice session by Lucy Plummer. It was empowering as it allowed us to share our experiences and taught us about proper ways of communicating and reaching out. We discussed different examples of representing youth voice, including the importance of active listening and meaningful engagement. I found this a valuable lesson that I can apply in various situations.
Furthermore, I gained new insights into employability skills and sustainable thinking among young people as we consider career pathway options. The presentation on the WWF-UK Sustainable Futures Programme by Olivia was an excellent opportunity to learn more about the program’s goals and objectives. It was also interesting to learn about the role we can play in contributing towards building a sustainable future for the planet, and the importance of education in achieving this goal.
Overall, this was an exciting session that provided us with a platform to learn how to voice our opinions and concerns, learn about sustainable futures, and explore future sustainable job opportunities. I am grateful to have participated and believe that the lessons learnt will stay with me for a long time.