Bright Green Future
Youth programme to inspire next generation of environmental decision-makers
Project duration: March 2016 ongoing
CSE’s Bright Green Future initiative is a five-year leadership programme for up to 200 young people aged between 15 and 19 that will equip them to become the environmental decision-makers of the future.
‘It’s your world. Step up and be heard’ is the message.
Funded by £1m grant from the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund, the project will give some of the skills, understanding and practical experience to help young people shape the future of their neighbourhoods, focusing on sustainable energy. It's a five year programme in which we will work with young people in cohorts of two years each.
Potential applicants can find out more and download a form to apply at www.bright-green-future.org.uk
Bright Green Future is one of 31 youth-led projects across the UK, each receiving a similarly sized Big Lottery grant and all of which aim to give young people the skills and knowledge to improve their local environments – from reducing marine pollution to minimising food waste. Collectively, the projects form Our Bright Future, which is run by a consortium of eight organisations and led by The Wildlife Trusts.
Roy Kareem, Bright Green Future programme leader, said: “We're helping young people to develop the confidence and resilience they need to become environmental leaders and decision makers – to make sure this generation’s voice is heard, and to influence plans that affect their environment. Participants are challenged to deliver their own low carbon energy projects that have positive outcomes for the local environment and community.
"At the same time they're learning from, and inspired by work placements and shadowing of professionals who shape today’s local and national environmental policy. We are partnering with the Town and Country Planning Association who are just one of the organisations offering participant work placements.”
The Bright Green Future training schedule is diverse, and includes online and face-to-face sessions, project mentoring, and a four-day residential summer school with expert speakers, hands on activities and workshops. Through these activities, young people will learn about decision making and policy influence in theory and by seeing it in action.
Bright Green Future participants playing "Plan or Die" at the first BGF training event in February 2017. Read more about the event here.
“Over the course of the project we’re learning a great deal about how we can support young people in environmental participation,” said Roy. “This is fed back to the wider Our Bright Future movement, as we all share evidence, learning and knowledge gained from a brilliant array of projects.”
If you’re aged between 15 and 19 and want to find out more, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring our switchboard on 0117 934 1400.
Stephanie Hilborne OBE, Chief Executive of The Wildlife Trusts said: “Our Bright Future is an innovative movement for change. It is brilliant that the Big Lottery Fund has recognised that societal and environmental challenges are two sides of the same coin. The programme supports young people to develop the skills needed to thrive in the workplace and it does so through the environment. We want to see a generation of courageous and wise leaders empowered to change our world for the better."
For a quick overview of what we've been up to in the first year of Bright Green Future, please take a look at this document.