Youth Council teams from Brighton & Hove and Epping Forest are joining forces for a big beach tidy up in Hove to mark international youth day, which this year takes place on 12 August 2021.
The day is dedicated to the role young people play in bringing change to tackle global issues and achieve sustainable development.
Raising awareness and removing rubbish
On 17 August, groups of young people, with support from the council’s Community Clean Up team, will work between the King Alfred Leisure Centre and the West Pier to rid the beach of left behind waste and rubbish.
The event is part of Brighton & Hove Youth Council’s ongoing campaign to increase awareness of the climate crisis, improve environmental sustainability and reduce plastic waste.
Young people are tackling our climate crisis
Councillor Hannah Clare, lead member for children and young people, who will also be helping on the day, says: “International Youth Day is an opportunity to raise awareness of the challenges and problems facing the world's young people.
“Just this week we have seen scientists’ damning evidence about our planet’s future in the United Nation’s ‘code red’ climate report.
“Leaving rubbish on our beaches is dangerous to wildlife and causes harm to ecosystems in the sea. The work of our youth council in tackling this issue is inspiring and important.
“We all need to do better and do our bit if we’re to slow the devastating effects of global warming and the beach clean is evidence that our young people are leading by example".
Brighton & Hove Youth Council represents young people in the city.