Young people shaping the future
We want to hear your (youth) voice over the priorities for Weymouth’s future.
Think ahead, as you become an adult, with less but more difficult food, at a time period of global warming and cuts in Carbon emissions. This is for young people, concentrating on a different HOT LOCAL TOPIC each month, giving you the power to have your say, and even more importantly to think about what your future might involve….
Come and join in the conversation and action – young people can lead the way.
THE BIG PICTURE – THE EARTH SUMMIT. (2012)
GLOBALLY ‘People under 25 constitute over half of the world’s population and often bear the brunt of the economic, environmental and social crises. Youth must be involved in all decision making, processes that affect our future at all levels’. 2011, UNCSD, Children and Youth (United Nations Commission for Sustainable Development). Young people are poorer than other sectors and more young people use emergency food hand outs.
Principle 21 of the RIO declaration continues that, “the creativity, ideals and courage of the youth of the world should be mobilised to forge a global partnership in order to achieve sustainable development and ensure a better future for all’.
YOUTH VIEWS IN EUROPE:
“The most important to me ….. I am a 17 year old girl, it’s really important for me , and also for my family, to learn as good as I can at school, in order to get a good job for the future , but also to create an important social status. I also think communication is really important for everybody, because we are humans, so our feelings must be researched and appreciated in order to preserve a strong future of adults, able to help each other.” – These are real words from a 17 year old volunteer from Europe.
LOCAL YOUTH VIEWS
Emily: ‘I think we should recycle & become more eco-friendly ‘it’s the way forward’.
Molly: ‘I think re-using and mending clothes is important instead of buying new ones’.
Lucy: ‘Less jobs because a lot of jobs are driving and things.’
Emily: (aged 7) ‘Families are important because if you were on your own there will be nobody to look after you.’
Eleanor: ‘Hi. Life in the future should include people being self sufficient and not relying on things like supermarkets and big shops’
Unnamed: ‘I think in the future more people should grow and make their own food to cut down on packaging and food miles’.
“Around three quarters of global transport emissions come from road travel”. It is thought that
only 20% (one fifth) of these car journeys could not be made by public transport or by bike if these were improved. (2010, ‘Energy Revolution’, Peace Child International.)
Ten years ago, in 2001, the government estimated that 28% of the traffic on urban roads at ten to nine in the morning was on the school run.
’Safer Routes to School’. Putting the choice and decision making into the hands of children and their parents.
The situation now:
County Council school bus passes in Weymouth cost more. Empty spaces on the school buses can now not be filled at a lower charge. Children can’t use their public bus tickets on the school buses any more.
HAVE YOUR SAY:
What could be done? More bike racks in schools or in town, flexible bus passes which would let you cycle walk or drive sometimes, bigger buses… Please leave a comment – We will collate and deliver all comments to the authorities, and they will also help us to know what should be on the Transition Town to-do list!