Young people take action for our seas!

Ceredigion Stand for Nature Wales youth forum

Ceredigion-based Stand for Nature Wales youth forum talks all things climate and the sea with Ruth from Coast and Country!

On 1st July, the Ceredigion-based Stand for Nature Wales youth forum met with ITV's Ruth Dodsworth for an upcoming Coast and Country episode. 

New Quay was already bustling with tourists when we started the day on the beach. Phyllis, Ellie, Grace, and Mattie were all keen to get started and rushed off to do some litter-picking. All the while a drone flew above capturing their climate action. Despite the team at the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales' Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre conducting regular beach cleans, the young people found 56 items of rubbish which included 29 pieces of plastic!

Young people litter picking on the beach

Once the beach was clean, the young people settled down for a chat with Ruth about the Stand for Nature Wales project, why it's important to them and what they're doing as a group to tackle climate change locally. 

 

It's amazing to see the animals in their natural habitat, and I want to protect that. Litter picking stops litter from getting in the sea and harming the animals.
Phyllis, Stand for Nature Wales forum member
Young girl being interviewed by a TV crew

Ellie being interviewed by Ruth for ITV's Coast and Country

The afternoon was spent out at sea looking for dolphins. The sea was calm and still, perfect conditions for dolphin spotting!

With squeals of delight from not only the youth forum but staff and camera crew too, over 20 bottlenose dolphins were spotted! They put on quite the show and even came close to the boat much to the surprise of the young people!

But for Mattie, it was the jellyfish that really stole the show. He counted a whopping 204 jellyfish during the short boat ride, from blue, compass, and even a small barrel jellyfish! He couldn't wait to talk to Ruth all about his sightings.

Young boy talks to a woman whilst standing on a boat with cliffs and the ocean in the background

Mattie talking to Ruth all about his jellyfish sightings

The Stand for Nature Wales project is Wales-wide and aims to empower and inspire young people to take action for nature and wildlife in their local area in a bid to tackle climate change. 

With youth forums all over Wales, there are opportunities to get involved regardless of where you live!

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