Britain’s leading youth-led network for driving environmental change, UK Youth for Nature are gearing up to its latest project, Silent Spring at 60.
Starting on Monday 26 September, Silent Spring at 60 is a week of free, virtual panel discussions, talks and workshops to mark the 60th anniversary of the publication of Silent Spring by Rachel Carson. Silent Spring heralded the start of a global environmental movement and was the first time issues like insect decline as a result of the use of chemical pesticides came into public awareness.
UK Youth for Nature played a key role in Knowsley’s Youth Summit in May this year – you can watch our video here to find out what it was all about. Those who attended the event or have a passion and interest in our environment are encouraged to check out the programme of free, online events that coincide with the run-up to the UN’s biodiversity conference COP-15.
The programme covers plenty of ground, including first-hand experience of nature-friendly farming, testimonies from women in conservation, the plight and importance of insects, an intro to policymaking and the power of nature writing.
The full programme can be found below and you can book your place click here.
Monday 26th at7pm
- Keynote: The importance of insects in 2022 with Dr Erica McAlister
Tuesday 27th at 5.45pm:
- Introduction to policymaking & campaigning with Hannah Conway, Policy Officer at Wildlife & Countryside Link
Tuesday 27th at 7pm:
- Nature writing workshop with writers and artists Amanda Thomson and Elizabeth Reeder
Wednesday 28th at 6pm
- Celebrating Rachel Carson: Women of the nature movement with Mary Colwell (environmentalist), Rhiane Fatinikun (founder of Black Girls Hike), and Celina Chien (conservationist & storyteller)
Thursday 29th at5pm
- Reporting on biodiversity, in conversation with Guardian journalist Phoebe Weston
Thursday 29th at 6.30pm
- Gardening & farming with nature with Greenfingered George (young gardener & naturalist), Balam Werner Gomez Baker (bio intensive veg grower), and Khalil Radwan (organic halal regenerative farmer)
Friday 30th at 5pm
- Wildlife photography with acclaimed photographer Tony Rath