The Natural History Museum Wants To Inspire Young People To ‘Act For The Planet’

The Natural History Museum is hoping to secure the future of our Earth, by looking to inspire young people to play an active role in preserving it. To do so, they’re hosting Generation Hope: Act for the Planet, a week of free events to get them engaged and invested in climate-related issues.

Across talks, workshops, activities, and more, the Natural History Museum will demystify some of the issues at the root of the current environmental crisis. But, they’re not just hoping to fearmonger. They also want to show the possible routes forward, and demonstrate how young people can get involved and safeguard the Earth.

What exactly is Generation Hope?

Generation Hope is a week of events running from March 20-25. A host of activities, workshops, and talks will be on offer, aimed at participants aged between 16 and 25. The events, created in partnership with young activists from around the world, are intended to be approachable and accessible. Regardless of whether you’re just thinking about getting involved, or are already engaged with the issues, all young adults are sure to gain something from the events.

Perhaps you want to better understand the science behind the climate crisis? Maybe you’re after tools to better deal with eco-anxiety? Or maybe you’re keen to meet like-minded people? All of this is on offer, and plenty more. There’s a Generation Hope event for everyone. Many of the events also have corresponding online, virtual sessions, so anyone wanting to Act for the Planet can join in.

the poster for Generation Hope
Credit: Natural History Museum

Conor O’Keeffe, the Creative Producer of Generation Hope at the Natural History Museum said:

“Only by connecting to one another, bridging divides and forming communities can we ensure a future where people and planet thrive. By the end of the week, our hope is that everyone participating can commit to one action, whether it’s following up on a new connection, or speaking up on behalf of nature.”

What topics are covered?

The various events through the week will cover a whole host of topics, but all relating back, of course, to ‘acting for the planet.’ Over the course of the week, young people will be able to explore food waste and planet-friendly diets at the Food Wave pop-up, and meet the scientists who work with the museum.

They’ll also be able to engage with workshops where they can work on murals, engage in planetary storytelling that considers the past and future, take a solutions-oriented approach to tackling the climate crisis, and more. Talks will provide attendees the opportunity to discuss such topics as the climate and biodiversity crises, the role of the media, the link between environmental justice and racial justice, and much more.

All Generation Hope: Act for the Planet events are free, but due to limited spaces booking a ticket is required. Head to the website to take a look at the full list of available events, and secure your place.