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Carna Hope Week 2024

Carna Hope Week offers a full and immersive week, for a group of local students to find hope, enthusiasm, and curiosity through nature. They will learn and apply scientific skills that have a positive environmental impact, and in turn, be inspired to shape their destiny and opportunities. The Carna Hope Week aims to address the growing mental health issue in young people of eco and climate anxiety.

Carna Hope Week will provide a residential week for 10 school children aged 15 – 18 years on the island and will take place during the school term from Monday 3rd June 2024 to Friday 7th June 2024.

The week is led by Carna Conservation Initiative jointly partnered with Ardnamurchan High School, CAOLAS (Community Association of Lochs and Sounds), Argyll Hope Spot, D.Y.W. and The Friends of the Sound of Jura with support from Fauna & Flora International and the communities of Ardnamurchan and Morvern.

Carna Hope Week is a pilot study where we will evaluate the benefits, challenges, successes, and failures. We will explore participant appetite for a youth nature group. It is our hope from these lessons that we will be able to continue to offer a Carna Hope Week in future years.

Background

Young people tend to be more aware than adults of the climate and environmental crises, but many say they feel powerless to do anything.[1] Eco-anxiety adds to other worries, including the lack of local employment. Scotland’s west coast communities are depopulating, but there is scope here for more nature-based jobs and a need for nature-based researchers and stewards for the future.[2]

Even in Morvern and Ardnamurchan, a surprising number of children rarely experience the amazing natural setting in which they live. Many are unaware of opportunities to work with nature.

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The Island of Carna

Carna, the perfect place to host the Hope Week.

CCI aims to improve the ecological and economic sustainability of the Isle of Carna and its surrounding communities. Carna Hope Week is an outcome of the 2022 Carna Conservation Plan and Environmental Report.

The island is a natural gem set in the Sunart Special Area of Conservation and the Sunart SSSI. It sits inside two Marine Protected Areas: the Loch Sunart MPA and the Loch Sunart to the Sound of Jura MPA and is also in the Argyll Coast and Islands Hope Spot, an initiative of local marine conservation organisations, including CAOLAS and Friends of the Sound of Jura, which partner this project.


[1] Climate anxiety in children and young people and their beliefs about government responses to climate change: a global survey – The Lancet Planetary Health

[2] https://www.nature.scot/doc/working-nature