Welcome to the Year of Green Action!

The Year of Green Action (YoGA) is about connecting people all around the country with nature, and showing how we can all take positive action to improve our environment. It’s a year-long drive to help everyone get involved in projects that support nature – in our own gardens, schools or workplaces, and as consumers.

Everyone can get involved in projects to improve the natural world. YoGA can help you to make a change, one choice at a time..

As we’ve seen from series like the Blue Planet, the choices we make in our day to day lives affect the world around us. The right ones can help us leave a healthier environment for the next generation.

In 2019, there are so many things you can do. You could arrange a litter pick or beach clean, create a community garden to grow your own food, make water, waste and energy-saving improvements to your home or organisation, or just spend time out appreciating the beauty of the natural world by volunteering or visiting green spaces.

Throughout 2019 we want to hear all about your green action and showcase it here to inspire others to get involved.

Gove kicks off Year of Green Action - 31 January 2019

Gove kicks off Year of Green Action - 31 January 2019

Photograph: Barima Owusu Nyantekyi

Speaking at ZSL London Zoo, the Environment Secretary launched the Year of Green Action – a year-long drive to get more people from all backgrounds involved in projects to improve the natural world.

The #iwill4nature initiative, charity Step Up To Serve’s contribution to the Year of Green Action, was also launched. The government-backed initiative is a nationwide campaign to grow environmental youth social action and support a series of activities for young people to connect with, protect and enhance nature.

He allocate £10 million to help children from disadvantaged backgrounds better access the natural environment, with grants awarded to projects that will create greener school grounds and increase the number of school visits to local parks, wildlife sites, care farms and National Parks.

During his speech, the Environment Secretary called on everyone to play their part and back the Year of Green Action – from businesses to gardeners and government itself.

Read the full press release >

The Year of Green Action is part of the government’s 25 Year Environment Plan, you can download it here

Please download a copy of our toolkit, which we hope you’ll find useful in planning your activities in the year ahead.

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Children and Young People are at the heart of the Year of Green Action and we have partnered with the charity, Step Up To Serve, to promote youth social action in 2019.

Click here to find out more about the #iwill4nature campaign.

The Year of Green Action was officially announced in parliament on 11 January: Ministerial Statement

You can join organisations and individuals across the country in making your Year of Green Action pledge to protect the planet here: make a pledge

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