Programme to inspire next generation of environmental decision-makers

Five-year project launches today

15 March 2016

‘It’s your world – step up, be heard’. This is what we’re asking of young people in our leadership training programme for 15 to 19 year olds.

Funded by a £1m grant from the Big Lottery and launched today (15 March), Bright Green Future  give around 200 young people the skills, knowledge and practical experience to help them shape the future of their neighbourhoods. Each young person will participate in the programme for two years and be part of a cohort that will attend training and a four-day residential summer school together.

Bridget Newbery is leading the project. “We’ll be helping the young people develop their confidence and skill sets so that they can become environmental leaders and decision makers  in their own right – and make sure their generation’s voice is heard,” she said.

The Bright Green Future training will be challenging and diverse. In addition to the summer school, it will include online and face-to-face training, work placements and shadowing of professionals. Through these activities, young people will learn about decision making in theory and by seeing it in action.

“Our participants will plan and deliver their own low carbon energy project – one that has positive outcomes for the local environment and community,” said Bridget. “At the same time they will learn from, and be inspired by, professionals affecting today’s local and national environmental policy – for example the Town and Country Planning Association are one of the organisations offering participant work placements.”

 The project will run until 2021. 

If you’re aged between 15 and 19 and want to find out more, please email

Bright Green Future is one of 31 Big Lottery-funded youth-led projects that together make up the Our Bright Future network which is run by a consortium of eight organisations and led by The Wildlife Trusts. Other projects range from on marine conservation to reducing food waste.

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