Young peo­ple urged to join ‘Year of Green Ac­tion on South Downs

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Young peo­ple are be­ing en­cour­aged to get in­volved in the gov­ern­ment’s ‘Year of Green Ac­tion’ and do their bit to help pro­tect the South Downs Na­tional Park.

As part of the #iwill4­na­ture cam­paign, the South Downs Na­tion­alParkAuth­or­ity(SDNPA) has come up with five sim­ple ways to get in­volved in help­ing the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment.

Jonathan Dean, SDNPA ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer has sug­gested young peo­ple might want to help to save wa­ter at home and school: “Sim­ple mea­sures such as re­duc­ing the amount of wa­ter used when brush­ing your teeth or wash­ing up can make a big dif­fer­ence. The South East is cur­rently an area of se­vere wa­ter stress with in­suf­fi­cient wa­ter to meet the needs of peo­ple and the en­vi­ron­ment. Av­er­age wa­ter use is 150 litres per per­son per day – against a na­tional av­er­age of 135.”

Jonathan is also ask­ing young peo­ple to re­duce their plas­tic con­sump­tion: “Any type of plas­tic has the po­ten­tial to end up in the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment and can take up to 1,000 years to de­com­pose. Help the en­vi­ron­ment by avoid­ing plas­tic straws, us­ing re­us­able bags, and get a re­fill­able wa­ter bot­tle.”

He also has a lit­ter mes­sage: ‘bin it or take it home’ and is urg­ing young peo­ple to ex­plore the na­tional park: “It has fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­ni­ties for walk­ing, cy­cling or horse-rid­ing, or add a twist to your ad­ven­tures by search­ing for our South Downs GeoTour geo­caches while out and about.”

For more de­tails visit https:// www.south­downs.gov.uk/en­joy/ geo­caching/

He is also plead­ing for vol­un­teers: “The na­tional park de­pends on hun­dreds of peo­ple who give up their spare time to carry out vol­un­teer ac­tiv­i­ties to pro­tect the area’s unique land­scape and pre­cious wildlife.”

Jonathan said: “We re­ally want to en­cour­age the tens of thou­sands of young peo­ple liv­ing in and around the na­tional park to be­come cus­to­di­ans of this amaz­ing land­scape.

“Af­ter all, it’s their na­tional park and they are ul­ti­mately the fu­ture.” Visit www.iwill.org.uk

Young peo­ple help to re­lease wa­ter voles on the River Meon, as part of the UK’s largest re-in­tro­duc­tion project

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