Connecting children and teenagers with local nature

by Guest Author Events Health & wellbeing Families

A new two-day event connecting children and teenagers with local nature comes to The Living Coast this June.

This UK research showcase and networking event is co-organised by the University of Brighton’s Dr Rachel White and Royal Holloway’s Dr Deborah Harvey and will be held at the University of Brighton’s City Campus on 17 and 18 June. It is an opportunity for academics, researchers, environment professionals, educators and students from across the UK to network and share findings.

MP Caroline Lucas is among the speakers at the symposium that will explore the benefits of connecting children and teenagers in the UK with local nature. The Green Party MP for Brighton Pavilion will give a talk entitled ‘Young People and the Natural World: The Art of Paying Attention’ on the first day of the event. She will make the case that:

connecting young people with nature is not only vital for their wellbeing, but for the wellbeing of the planet as well

Other speakers include delegates from WWF, Earthwatch Europe, Natural England and the South Downs National Park. The full schedule can be found here:

The focus of the symposium is on children and teenagers from five to eighteen years old and the event will consist of round-table discussions, exhibits, poster sessions and talks.

Dr Rachel White, Senior Lecturer in Ecology and Conservation, said:

"Multiple benefits can arise from interacting with the natural world first-hand (such as biodiversity conservation, education, health and wellbeing), yet there are growing concerns that people are becoming increasingly disconnected from nature.

This interdisciplinary and inclusive event will provide the unique opportunity to showcase and learn from existing efforts aimed at connecting children and teenagers with nature on their doorstop.

From this, we hope to facilitate collaborations and identify ways to expand upon and scale-up successes to date.”

Registration is now open. Further information, including how to book a place, can be found on the event website

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