Protect the environment

Take action today to protect tomorrow 

 

Over the last few months the Climate Change action group has been working towards creating a video about the changes to OUR Planet. The process of creating this video has been long and tricky under Covid conditions. But the group has come together since early April to start discussing and create a script that was engaging and impactful. 

We decided to make a video about the issue to spread awareness and to spur people into action. Covid-19 has seen a rise in people buying single use products, such as face masks and gloves, which has started to be seen in places they shouldn't be and picked up by animals. With this addition to the climate change problem we all must take action now! 

Our video attempts to tackle why climate change is an important issue to us and why it should be to ALL of us. Please watch our video at the top of this page or on our Instagram page (@MKYCAB1)Twitter page (@MKYCAB1) or on our Facebook Page (@MKYCAB) and please feel free to share.  

Think about what you can do to make a difference then pledge using #OurPlanetOurHome and link our video on your social media. We look forward to seeing your changes.

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Campaigns 2019-2021

These compaigns have now ended.

The national UK Youth Parliament campaign changed in 2020 replacing the Votes at 16 campaign with Protecting the Environment. We worked on it in co-ordination with the UK Youth Parliament until the end of 2020.

We were going to do a litter pick but that got halted by Covid-19. So during lockdown we changed our plans. We were busy working on a climate change video and making arrangements to plant trees at the end of the year. We were also a part of the MK Council climate change task and finish group which YCAB members were able influence decision makers about climate change in MK. We also gave a presentation to that committee.

Previously we had created lesson plan resources about climate change and politics for all MK secondary schools as detailed here. 

Young people and climate strikes

As we all are aware many young people, such as Greta Thunberg, have been challenging decision makers about climate issues. MKYCAB are soon going to be part of a council committee looking at climate change and how MK can help towards tackling this climate crisis.

We recently held an "issues ballot" and 1385 of young people selected "reducing our environmental impact" as their biggest issue on the ballot.

Many of the young people who voted for this issue highlighted climate change and global warming as issues they felt weren't being dealt with effectively. We believe that young people should be made more aware about these issues.  As young people feel strongly about these issues, we have spent time preparing a presentation for form tutors in schools (or for youth groups to adapt) to show their students at an appropriate time where they can have a discussion about the themes and politics. We would really appreciate it if you could take the time to educate your young people on this matter, as it will directly affect their future.  Below, you will find

A prominent issue mentioned on this topic was the littering and overall lack of cleanliness in Milton Keynes including in local schools.  We believe that young people need to be made aware of the impacts that come with littering. To help this cause attached are different posters for you to display/ distribute around your school. Hopefully this will make people think about their actions. Download the Litter posters (PDF, 896KB)

We feel strongly that Milton Keynes should be a place where young people feel proud to come from, so we will be running a litter pick around CMK. This will raise the awareness to the local community, adults and young people. 

If you would like to take a step further with your school, we recommend that your school participates in the "Eco schools" award, "an internationally recognised award for excellence in environmental action and learning". If you would like any more information, visit the Eco Schools website.

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Last Updated: 3 September 2021