We are excited to share that the Solihull Youth Climate Action Survey Report has now been published. The report, carried out in partnership with Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, communicates the views of 550 young people aged 10 to 25 within the borough, providing rich insights into the perspectives on climate change from young people in Solihull. The Report offers insights as to how the Council can support young people and involve them in Solihull’s net zero journey.

Councillor Andy Mackiewicz, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Climate Change, Planning and Housing, commented:

“It’s really encouraging to see how passionate and engaged young people are about climate change in Solihull. Ultimately, many of those who participated in the survey are future custodians of the borough and will soon be making the important decisions that shape Solihull’s environment.

We note that 8 out of 10 respondents believe Solihull Council should be taking action on climate change. As a Council, tackling climate change is one of our highest priorities, which is why we’ve set the target of making sure our own operations are net zero by 2030. On top of that, we recently adopted the ambitious Solihull Net Zero Action Plan in November 2021, setting out what is needed for the borough as a whole to become net zero by 2041.”

James Streeter, Executive Chairman of InterClimate Network, said:

“Solihull Council is taking the lead among local authorities in bringing the voices of young people into their strategy for becoming a net zero borough by 2041.

The high level of engagement from this joint project provides important insights into how young people can participate in Solihull’s journey towards net zero.

We look forward to further collaboration in the future to support the partnership approach the council has adopted towards incorporating youth voices into its Net Zero Action Plan.”