Wilder Next Generation Virtual Summit
About the event
As an organisation, we want to give people of all ages the opportunity to have their voices heard; to stand up and take action for our beloved wildlife. It is as important now as ever that the next generation of wildlife champions feel empowered and included in the environmental narrative.
The Wilder Next Generation Summit will be a chance for young people to virtually get together and share their ideas and opinions.
Please note this event is only open to young people aged 14-25. Anyone wishing to attend who is under 18 will need to provide a consent form completed by a parent/guardian before the event date. Please click the link to open the consent form in a separate tab.
Wilder Next Generation Summit Schedule:
10:00-10:50am - Summit kick-off and talks from our inspiring spotlight speakers. Find out how young people in your community are taking action for wildlife. Caution: their passion and enthusiasm will be contagious!
Megan Mccleverty: I am a 17 year old wildlife enthusiast from Buckinghamshire. I am a young ambassador for the Cameron Bespolka Trust and on the Youth Advisory Panel for the BTO. I have also previously volunteered at BBOWT’s College Lake on their youth work party. I will be talking about my own volunteering experience, how to get involved and the benefits of volunteering.
10:50-11:00am - Short break
11:00am-12:00pm - Share your thoughts and opinions. In small groups we will be discussing current barriers for young people and how we can work to overcome these to provide young people with opportunities to get involved in their local communities. We will also be finding out what environmental opportunities YOU would like to see, and how they would benefit YOU.
12:00-1:00pm - Lunch break
1:00-4:00pm - Afternoon workshops and activities. We will be hosting a series of optional workshops that attendees can choose to dip in and out of based on their current interests, hobbies and motivations. Meet like-minded people from your local community, learn new skills and get the chance to chat with wildlife experts.
Afternoon workshops include:
How to make your voice heard – lobbying your elected representatives. Speakers:
- Nicky Warden Public Affairs and Planning Officer at BBOWT will outline BBOWT's current campaigns, how we are working to influence local MPs and councillors and what you can do to help.
- EJ Fawcett, a non-binary Youth Climate Activist who has been active in campaigning about the Climate Crisis for over two years, will share their varied campaigning experience.
- Hannah Needham was a BBOWT conservation trainee from 2018 - 2019. She is now the Junior Director of charity Heal Rewilding, and also delivers lobbying campaigns as part of the UK Youth for Nature team. Hannah will explain why your voice is powerful and how to make it heard.
More details will be announced on our social media so make sure you follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We'll also be posting info about our spotlight speakers and workshop topics so check out the Wilder Next Generation webpage for regular updates!