CSE asks young people to make an ‘energy pledge’

"Knowledge and enthusiasm" at launch of Envision Bristol

29 November 2012

Turning off the lights, using the computer less, cycling more, watching less TV, and wearing warm clothing in winter rather than turning up the heating.

These are some of the 'energy pledges’ made by young people at the launch of the Bristol chapter of Envision, a national charity that helps young people to make a difference in their communities by tackling issues from street crime to climate change.

CSE's Nick Chapman and Maddy Gunn attended the launch – at the Old Fire Station in Bristol's city centre – and spoke to around 200 youngsters about their ideas for saving energy in their own schools and communities. The pledges were written on luggage-label tags and hung on CSE's pledge tree.

Envision was set up a decade ago by four young people to challenge the stereotype of ‘the youth’ as apathetic and disengaged with the issues going on around them.

The day started with a fair for charities and social organisations to engage with young people in Bristol and offer support and advice on community projects.

"I was impressed by the young people's knowledge and enthusiasm", said Maddy. "Lots were already engaged in energy projects of one kind or another and it was great to see how engaged they were in issues like climate change and resource-use."

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