Schoolchildren and community groups will be pledging to ‘go green’ to help the environment as Knowsley officially launches its 2019 Year of the Environment activities across the borough.
Children from St Albert’s Primary School in Stockbridge Village will pledge to organise local clean-ups, recycle more and not drop litter during 2019, while Knowsley’s Bike and Boots group will continue to promote cycling as a transport option, at the launch event at Court Hey Park, Huyton.
Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods Cllr Shelley Powell will outline the council’s commitment to support the Year of the Environment throughout 2019, with a focus on encouraging more children and young people to get involved with nature and supporting more environmental volunteering.
The launch will also feature representatives from local businesses who will talk about their efforts to address environmental issues, including supporting employees to take part in volunteering in the community and cutting back on single use plastics.
The Knowsley event follows the Liverpool City Region launch of its focused Year of Action for the Environment, led by the city region’s Local Nature Partnership, Nature Connected along with the combined authority, local authorities, the Environment Agency, Natural England, and a broad range of partners.
The Year of the Environment aims to raise awareness of environmental issues and areas that demand action and attention, including air quality, waste levels, and the need to shift towards more sustainable use of energy. Activities throughout the year will focus on themes such as connecting and engaging communities with nature, reducing waste and health and wellbeing, which will give people the chance to get involved in projects that improve the natural world.
In Knowsley, the year will see the launch of a schools’ photography competition asking secondary pupils to submit images reflecting what the environment means to them, as well as a willow weaving competition for primary schoolchildren.
Schools will also be encouraged to make greater use of the outdoor environment for educational and exercise programmes.
Cllr Powell said: “Campaigns like this give us a golden opportunity to demonstrate partnership working at its best, and how we can work together to change the conversation about the environment – for the better.
“There are lots of ways people of all ages and backgrounds can get involved and make a real difference to our environment, everything from organising a local clean-up to volunteering at a local park, resolving to reduce the use of single use plastics and cycling instead of driving.”
In 2018, the government launched its 25 year plan for the environment, pledging that this would be the first generation to leave the environment in a better state than they found it. As part of the plan, 2019 was declared as a national Year of Green Action across the UK.
For more information about how you can get involved in the Year of the Environment activities and to register your activity visit the Year of Environment website.