What is the Youth Eco Forum

Launched on 2nd June 2020, young people 14 – 18 meet using Zoom every other Sunday at 8pm. It is a safe and friendly place where they can discuss worries, hopes and share ideas and actions. The group is led by a Christ’s Hospital School Eco Ranger who is keen to help provide Zoom gathering for local young environmentalists to gather, discuss and connect for an hour of planet-friendly chat.

Both the climate crisis and the pandemic raise big questions for the future of younger generations and it is important to be able to discuss concerns and to problem-solve in a creative and collaborative way. Sussex Green Living hopes that the creation of this forum will enable young people to tackle eco-anxiety with eco-action and being an essential part of the local green community.

The Youth Eco Forum members have worked together on lots of projects including:

  • Designed and installed an environmental shop window display in 18 East Street, Horsham.
  • They featured in a great article in All About Horsham which can be seen on page 21-24 here.
  • Designed, written and illustrated the ezines below.
  • Helped promote and participate in the Keep Rookwood Green bio blitz.
  • Secured an Argus Crisis Grant to develop and run their Beyond Be-Leaf outdoor education day in an ancient woodland in The Haven, near Billingshurst on 14th July 2021. Watch the video below and take a look at their special issue of Planet B to learn all about it.
  • With the balance of the grant they purchased 10 books for the participating schools, the YEF members recommended environmental books.
  • Saturday 18th December 2021 they did a fun green Christmas run in pre-loved clothes, donned placards and Santa hats to get their message across, see photos and learn more here.
  • They are planning two more events in 2022 to raise money for the Woodland Trust.

All About Horsham article in December 2020 edition

YEF’s Catherine Sleeman winning Young Volunteer of the Year

Catherine Sleeman

Where and When

A Zoom meeting takes place every other Sunday at 8pm.
FREE tickets can be booked here.
The joining instructions will be emailed to you a couple of days before the meeting.
Or email us to learn more or join.

I have been involved in lots of activities with YEF which has helped me build confidence and knowledge about the environment and nature. The activity that stands out in my mind the most was taking part in an educational day teaching children from London and more locally about the environment, nature and mindfulness.

It was a huge learning experience for me and quite a surprise to learn how little the children knew about being outdoors and with nature. All the attendees said they had an amazing day.

I have been empowered to do more of this, teaching and talking to people about environmental issues and I now regularly help out at the Sussex Green Living Hub.

Being in YEF has exposed me to so many new opportunities and has allowed me to meet tons of lovely, like minded people. Being in a leadership role for a short amount of time also taught me valuable communication and organisation skills.