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Natural History Museum launches Generation Hope: Act for the Planet

Between 20-25 March, the NHM will be hosting a series of free events curated in partnership with scientists and young people from around the world to drive positive change for a global future.

On a mission to ‘create advocates that are informed, confident, and motivated to make wise decisions, get involved, and use their influence and actions to drive positive change for the planet’s future,’ the Natural History Museum has launched Generation Hope: Act for the Planet.

The week-long event, which will take place between 20-25 March, aims to inspire youth to play an active part in preserving the Earth.

It’s doing so with a series of free workshops, panels, and talks curated in partnership with scientists and young people from around the world.

Intended to be approachable and accessible, the programme comprises a host of activities (both online and in-person) that will demystify some of the issues at the root of the environmental crisis and demonstrate the possible routes forward that young people can take.

From getting to grips with the science behind our current climate emergency and understanding its far-reaching impacts, to strengthening skills and tackling eco-anxiety, there are numerous options available to attendees seeking to foster more knowledge – no matter where they are on their journey.

‘Only by connecting to one another, bridging divides and forming communities can we ensure a future where people and planet thrive,’ says Conor O’Keeffe, creative producer at NHM and the project’s overseer.

‘By the end of the week, our hope is that everyone participating can commit to one action, whether it’s following up on a new connection, or speaking up on behalf of nature.’

As he explains, to guarantee that the Natural History Museum is listening to and learning from those on the frontlines of our collective response to the climate crisis, it has established an Advisory Board made up of activists and experts who’ve guided its approach and will be contributing to sessions throughout the week.

Environmentalist Mitzi Jonelle Tan, disability awareness advocate Daphne Frias, Force of Nature’s Kathleen Hamilton, NHM researcher Ken Johnson, Engajamundo’s Larissa Pinto Moraes, and Fridays for Future India’s Disha Ravi are just a few of the incredible individuals involved.

Workshop highlights include the exploration of how young people can leverage policy and politics to combat the environmental crisis, an examination of the most prominent health repercussions of climate change across different communities and how we can become more resilient to them together, a crash-course on the relationship between mental health and the eco-emergency, speed networking for those keen to meet like-minded others, and a rundown on how best to engage with climate science, overcome disinformation, and take a solutions-oriented approach to sharing stories of hope with a practical toolkit of mobilisation.

There’s additionally set to be a range of discussions on indigenous leadership, biodiversity, gender equality, the role of the media, how racial justice is fundamental in the fight for a lasting way out of this problem, and more.

‘With a vision of a future in which both people and the planet thrive, it is uniquely positioned to be a powerful champion for balancing humanity’s needs with those of the natural world,’ reads the official press release.

‘Everyone has the power and potential to take meaningful action for the planet.’

There are limited spaces so booking tickets is essential. Find them here.


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