In 2018, the Government introduced its 25-year environmental plan, committing to ensuring that our generation would be the first to enhance the state of our environment rather than degrade it.
As an integral part of this initiative, 2019 was designated as the national Year of Green Action throughout the United Kingdom. The Local Nature Partnership, Nature Connected, in the Liverpool City Region, is spearheading this effort in collaboration with the Combined Authority, the Environment Agency, and Natural England. Together, they aim to implement a Year of Action for the Environment specifically tailored to the Liverpool City Region, collaborating with diverse partners from various sectors within the region. In response to the growing concern for the environment, our collective commitment is to collaborate and guarantee that:
“Throughout 2019, Liverpool City Region will witness a year of proactive environmental initiatives, engaging people from all walks of life in projects dedicated to improving the natural world (eg the Schools Poster Competition). Our objective is to leave behind an improved environment for the succeeding generation and establish our area as one of the premier places to live, work, and thrive in the country.”
A brochure outlining the goals and themes for the Year of Environment, along with a schedule of activities and events, is available for those interested in participating.
- Support the National Year of Action
- Help deliver the Greenest UK city region
- Highlight the economic contribution the environment provides
- Increase children and young people’s connection to nature
- Showcase outstanding blue green assets of the Liverpool City Region
- Celebrate and promote the range of environmental organisations
- Encourage a range of practical actions that inspire
- Use 2019 as a catalyst for ongoing positive environmental behavior
Themes for activities
The Liverpool City Region Year of Environment 2019 will be focused around the following themes for activities:
Climate Change and Resilience
Green Spaces, Habitats and Biodiversity
Connecting and Engaging Communities with Nature
Health and Wellbeing
Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of Liverpool City Region
…while Year of the Environment is a golden opportunity to showcase our stunning natural assets – it must also be used to start a conversation on how we protect and preserve them for future generations.
Emma Howard Boyd, Chair of the Environment Agency
This year, I’m looking forward to increased environmental action and events that promote Liverpool. I hope the Year of the Environment inspires people from all backgrounds to get involved in projects that build on the ambition in the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan to make us the first generation to leave the environment in a better state than we found it.
Gideon Ben-Tovim OBE, Chair of Nature Connected
We hope 2019 will enable us to demonstrate the quality and value of our outstanding blue green assets – rivers, parks, canals, community gardens, coast, reserves – and to showcase the range and commitment of our environmental organisations and our volunteers.