Young people in Wales are calling on politicians to act in the interests of future generations – by improving mental health services, acting on climate injustice and reducing social inequality.
With just five weeks until Wales goes to the polls in local elections, Future Generations Commissioner Sophie Howe has launched a forward-looking manifesto developed with young people across Wales.
Eva Franklin,16, was among those who contributed. She said: “Our voices as young people are so important because we are the future, so we should speak up about issues in order to shape the best future for us to inherit.
“I will be able to vote for the first time in the upcoming local elections and it is crucial that young people like me get to the polls and have our say because it is the most direct way to have your voices heard.”
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24-year-old musician Josh Whyte, who performs as Blank Face, was another of the young voices who shaped the manifesto.
“This manifesto supports us in our careers,” he said. “It gives us an opportunity to work on projects and gives us a platform to express our feelings.”