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We’re encouraging the tens of thousands of younger people living in and around the National Park to become custodians of this amazing landscape.

Taking action to help the environment doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming, but collectively we can all make a difference to help protect this beautiful and diverse landscape.

There are five easy ways younger people can take action to help the environment of the National Park.

1. #iwill – Save water where possible at home and school

Simple measures such as reducing the amount of water used when brushing your teeth or washing up can make a big difference. The South East is currently an area of severe water stress with insufficient water to meet the needs of people and the environment. Average water use is 150 litres per person per day – against a national average of 135.  

2. #iwill – Reduce plastic consumption

Any type of plastic has the potential to end up in the natural environment and can take up to 1,000 years to decompose. Help the environment by avoiding plastic straws, using reusable bags, and get a refillable water bottle.

3. #iwill – Pick up litter

The message is simple – bin it or take it home!

4. #iwill – Explore and enjoy the National Park!

The National Park has fantastic opportunities for walking, cycling or horse-riding, or add a twist to your adventures by searching for our South Downs GeoTour geocaches while out and about. By families getting outside and exploring the National Park, young people will have a better understanding of the special qualities of the area and why it’s worth protecting.

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5. #iwill – Volunteer

The National Park depends on hundreds of people who give up their spare time to carry out volunteer activities to protect the area’s unique landscape and precious wildlife. There are dozens of local conservation groups with opportunities. Find out more here:

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