The ‘Youth Nature Movement’ is a thing of beauty. The initial, pioneering work of the few young naturalists willing to poke their heads above the proverbial parapet now having lead to a surge interest in the natural world. One need only read this recent guest blog by Ben Eagle to see that the movement it is gaining momentum, fast. As groups like AFON and Next Generation Birders create a thriving, vibrant community of passionate young conservationists: offering support, advice and wonderful opportunities to those looking to forge a career in the environmental field. These groups have worked wonders for the prospects and even the self-esteem of young people. And, as such, more and more aspiring environmentalists are involving themselves annually. An uplifting trend if ever there was one though there is one slight problem – that aside from the highly interesting AFON blog, which I really advise you to visit and enjoy by the way, the movement lacks a serious media outlet. This is something that we at New Nature hope to remedy.
In New Nature, we hope to collate the fabulous work of young people (up to the age of 30) and to broadcast it far and wide on the internet. Utilising the dual powers of social media and writing to create a hub for news and exciting revelations within the youth nature movement. We hope to highlight the passion, dedication and talent of young naturalists in the eyes of the general public and any potential employers, while offering said young people with advice, opportunities and no end of interesting reading themselves.
Based on the initial ideas of Myself, Alex, Alysia, Connel and Alice – the editorial and creative team – New Nature looks set to contain a huge breadth of material. From conservation news and creative nature writing, to opinion and expert interviews: as well as promotions, photography and much, much more. We hope to highlight the great work of those involved in the YNM: their research, practical conservation work, citizen science efforts, art work and a great deal more. While padding out the magazine with other interesting tidbits courtesy of the editorial team: including competitions, book reviews, challenges and perhaps, in the future, a spotlight series highlighting the true star characters fighting forward for nature. It won’t be easy – creating something of this kind never is – but we are determined to do it, and sincerely hope nature lovers new and old alike will get behind us in this.
New Nature will be released online, and made available on our various social media channels (see Twitter and Facebook) – and we hope that it will be shared far and wide on the web. It will, of course, be free and will be easily accessed by anyone with an interest in the work of young people. With options to share via both email and Whatsapp currently being explored by the team. It is not aimed at a particular audience, though we hope it will appeal to all with roots in the environmental field: young, old, professional and amateur alike. And ahead of our December release, we hope that you will join us in promoting the project, by sharing our social media channels, talking to friends and drawing attention to this and any other blogs set for publication over the coming weeks. We would be truly grateful for any help in making our vision for New Nature come true, and feel that, together, we can turn this initial, exciting concept into a thing of beauty. And, more importantly, something of use.
Please stay tuned for updates, the next few months look set to be jolly exciting. And if you are below the age of 30 (or over if you wish to be interviewed), please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to pitch, chat and share any ideas.
James Common (@CommonByNature) – Founder/Editor-In-Chief of New Nature.