As part of our Youth Climate Action Takeover in April, 15-year-old author Alex White gave us his take on why children were striking in protest against efforts to tackle climate change. Now – for our Summer Holiday Special – we asked Alex to give us his top tips for venturing outdoors this summer without forking out too much cash. Here’s what he came up with:
Savour the extraordinary world in your backyard
It is typical for people to overlook what goes on close to home, but there is something to see even in the smallest of gardens. My garden is where I can witness everything that goes on in a TV soap opera, from murder to love affairs and from family life to day-to-day survival, all just a few steps away from the kettle and fridge. There are plenty of ways to attract wildlife to your garden. A summer project of planting bee-friendly plants, building a pond or adding a window box can help birds and wildlife.
Get to know your neighbourhood
I think of my local patch as the places I can walk to – secluded corners I can escape to. Learn to love your local area, it’s the place we should all get to know, to notice the changes, the patterns that repeat themselves year in, year out. They are the places we should protect.
Urban areas are brimful of animals – so learn to enjoy them