Living in Harmony
Who are we ?
The Living in Harmony team was created as a platform for young social activists that care about the green spaces, safety, and wellbeing of London. ‘Living in Harmony’ team took bold steps of advocacy towards creating a safe & better environment for young people: they talked to politicians, activists, influencers, journalists, and other organisations to create bigger and better change. We did research on our local parks and came up with very interesting facts & statistics through interviews and a SWITCH ID! The Living in Harmony team cares about the local parks and the fact that sometimes, they are not very safe – we want to change that. We want to feel proud of our public spaces and feel safe to spend our free time appreciating the green and fresh air with our friends.
We brainstormed our ideas and came up with the pitch proposal that we presented to London Youth and London Wildlife Trust, to secure the funding we needed to make our dreams come true.
Living in Harmony Pitch Proposal
On-field Social Action by us
Our Stratford Park Dream
The Living in Harmony team, together with the other Guardians of Nature talked about a dream that was very important to them: The Stratford Park Dream!
We asked 80 other young people about their needs and they all had one common answer: “That parks are a place where young people choose to go, choose to spend their free time. That parks are spaces that make them proud of their neighborhood and community.”
We learnt that everyone can be a good social activist if they show they care. Help us make this dream come true!
The Living in Harmony team did not rest in pursuing their dream of making Stratford Park better. We went back to the park and conducted a SWITCH ID. We interviewed and talked to local people to determine how happy they are with the park and green spaces.
100% Value Green Spaces
50% + were Locals
71% think that the Park is Dirty and needs Cleaning
86% Value Safety
54% Not Enough Opportunities for Young People
50% Think that the Area/Park is not safe
Our Stratford Park Dream: The Sequel
Sign our Petition: More Green Spaces for Young People
As part of our work as the Guardians of Nature at Shpresa Programme we want our community to recognise that there is a lot to be done. We need your help to raise our voices about some issues that are important to us. Sign our petition for a better & greener London.
What we want:
- We want more attention given to green spaces and parks
- We want to feel proud to be young Londoners, there should be more action taken to keep parks cleaner and safer
- We want organisations like Shpresa Programme to be able to organize cultural events with important themes like Nature, Environment & Mental Health
- We want Stratford Park to become our safe haven for most ‘Guardians of Nature’ activities
Newham Citizens Assembly - 11 July
The Living in Harmony team takes pride in being social activists in our local community, which includes talking to politicians and presenting on different important platforms for our community.
On the 11th of July 2021, The Guardians of Nature presented to the Newham Citizens Assembly and made our case for our ‘Stratford Park Dream’. Our team members, Kevin and Jessica were welcomed with applause and praise.
This is how our team members were introduced at the assembly:
Talking to Politicians
As part of the Living in Harmony team, in our initial pitch we expressed that it was necessary for our project to talk to politicians, influencers and activists. Throughout all the work that Living in Harmony has done we have talked to Politicians, influencers and activist as part of our advocacy journey for green spaces and wildlife.
This is a good example of the conversations we have been having. Our young green ambassador in Albania, Erik, had a conversation on green spaces, nature & the environment with the Mayor of Burrel, a city in Albania. They talked about youth involvement in environmental causes, and decision-making on green spaces, forest exploitation, pollution, and how important it is to have harmony between all of us and nature.