One Step, One World charter
Thursday 13 August 2009
The One Step, One World charter describes
young people's vision of a sustainable future. It was created by
young people who were new to sustainable lifestyles and offers a
fresh perspective on the issues that matter to them.
The One Step, One World charter, part of NCB's Small Steps to a
Sustainable Future project, was launched at the House of Commons on
21 July 2009. The project is part of the wider programme Young
Activists, which is funded by the Department for Children, Schools
and Families until March 2010. Its aim is to help young people
become activists for sustainable development and climate
One Step, One World was developed over a weekend in the Peak
District in February by seven young people aged between 13
and 16 from London and Leicester. Some of the young people had
never visited a national park before and had little knowledge of
sustainable development, so for them the weekend was about learning
as well as having their say.
They took part in a nature walk around the Peak District, and
worked in teams to design art structures from natural materials
found in the woods to represent sustainable development.
The charter aims to provide a starting point for discussions
around sustainable living and the involvement of young
people. NCB ran an online survey to gather other young
people's views on different aspects of the charter.
It will be used at five Regional Action Workshops, which will
cover all nine government regions in October and November. NCB will
also set up a One Step, One World online presence, where people can
sign up to the charter and help to generate a movement.
The Climate Challenge is another aspect of the Small Steps to a
Sustainable Future project, which will run in 12 settings across
four local authorities. It will encourage children and young people
to take up a challenge on the theme of sustainable living for four
The project will work with young people in pupil referral units
or secure or public care settings. NCB will produce resources for
the children taking part, as well as the supporting staff in these
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