Climate policy, youth voice and intergenerational justice: learning from Nottingham Youth Climate Assembly

Wilson, R., Keddie, K., Arya, D. ORCID: 0000-0002-5632-0156 and Henn, M. ORCID: 0000-0002-1063-3544, 2024. Climate policy, youth voice and intergenerational justice: learning from Nottingham Youth Climate Assembly. Children's Geographies. ISSN 1473-3285

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In this paper, we examine how youth voice and meaningful action that emerge from deliberative practices are shaped, legitimised, and constrained by national and international policy landscapes. Our paper situates itself within the policy nexus of the UK Government’s Sustainability Strategy in England (2022), and at the international level, the Berlin Declaration on Education for Sustainable Development (2021), where principles of participation, engagement, intergenerational justice, and learning are paramount. We explore the ground level challenges for youth-led and community action centred on intergenerational justice, in local partnerships and in national and international policy. Our paper examines the first Nottingham Youth Climate Assembly, and outlines the interventions implemented by the authors and the community groups that we worked alongside. We then consider the successes and challenges in conducting local-level deliberative democratic processes, before discussing the role of youth voices within action for climate change. Finally, we offer suggestions for improving future interventions.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Children's Geographies
Creators: Wilson, R., Keddie, K., Arya, D. and Henn, M.
Publisher: Routledge
Date: 15 May 2024
ISSN: 1473-3285
Rights: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Children's Geographies on 15 May 2024, available at:
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 07 May 2024 14:15
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 07:53

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