The new issue of the award-winning green magazine Nature Calls, produced by Wiltshire teenagers under the guidance of the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, can now be downloaded from the Trust’s website at http://www.wiltshirewildlife.org/Schools/PageTemplate.aspx
The Trust is urging any budding journalists aged between 13 to 19 years to get in touch if they want to help research, write and produce the next one.
The third issue of the magazine, which reflects the ‘voice of young people on the state of the planet’, was written by 10 teenagers from Wiltshire schools. It offers a mix of topics from young people’s perspectives: celebrities with a green conscience, fashion to beat the credit crunch, ethical banking, eco gadgets and music that won’t harm the planet to name a few.
The magazine, which is published as part of the Trust’s Environment for Tomorrow project, won the top award at The International Visual Communications Association (IVCA) 2008 Clarion Awards last autumn. It is being distributed to all secondary schools and youth organisations in the county.
Training in how to conduct interviews, write articles, design pages, select photos and the editorial production process were provided to give real life skills to the teenagers.
Emily Nash from South Wilts Grammar School in Salisbury, says: "Nature Calls has not only inspired me to pursue a career in environment conservation and sustainability but it as also taught me valuable skills about how to present information in the most effective way. It has massively improved my confidence and been great fun!"
Rosey Brown from John of Gaunt School, Trowbridge says: “I loved helping out with the magazine. I like to write and I care about the environment, so it's a good combo for me. I was surprised by how interesting the research was; for example I didn't know how much carbon it takes to make CDs!
“The thing that worries me most about the environment is not any one particular aspect, but the way in which people try to look away, or forget about it. It's like the boiling frog theory – a frog will boil to death if the water is heated gradually – if things go wrong slowly, no-one notices.
“Also, people I know say that caring just isn't cool – being environmentally friendly needs to be seen as a positive thing. I like to think the magazine makes people take notice, without being all doom and gloom.”
Katherine Wilson got involved for the first time on this issue. “I enjoyed being able to talk to other young people about environmental issues and to get their take on them. Also learning how to write an article of a quality good enough to publish was really helpful because it gave me more of an insight into the world of journalism,” says Katherine.
But it the magazine is not an end product, rather a journey, according to the Trust’s Head of Environmental Learning and Action John Nickerson. “Great steps forward are always one at a time and this project is ready for its next step,” he says.
“To pass on the learning, energy and enthusiasm to new torch bearers who will, through learned journalism skills, help other young people share their views about all things green – even perhaps how to deal with the ever pressing problems of climate change.”
If you want to get involved with the next issue, or have something to contribute to it, please contact John Nickerson at email@example.com