We are working closely with groups of 14-19 year olds to make a real difference to our local environment. We are currently delivering the first of many accredited Ambassador schemes in collaboration with other youth organisations to encourage younger generations to take ownership of their local environment and drive forward change to protect and sustain it for future generations. The first of which has focused on local ponds in Sholver where the youngsters have been learning all about their ecosystem and how they can improve it.
Further to this, we have been working with local schools and colleges to promote the values of the project and tackle climate change first hand by delivering tree planting and ‘grow your own’ sessions. These improve local CO2 catchment, help reduce flooding and encourage reduced food miles to the local communities.
But Our Bright Future goes a lot further than the impressive impacts seen by these individual projects. The programme is gathering strong evidence about how we can support the development of the environment and young people using a resource-efficient and sustainable ‘green’ economy. More than a hundred organisations are contributing to the wider Our Bright Future movement by sharing evidence, learning and knowledge which will soon start to inform the choices made at local, regional, and national levels in the UK.
Our Bright Future is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and run by a consortium of eight organisations which is led by The Wildlife Trusts. The partnership has more than 40 years of combined experience in managing social and environmental grant programmes totalling nearly £300 million, and has a proven track record of working with and empowering young people in communities of all social circumstances.
Dene Marland, Education & Communities Project Officer, Groundwork BBOR said:
“We are thrilled to be a part of this innovative programme that is set to change the lives of young people across Oldham & Rochdale.
“With over 35 years of experience of helping young people play an active role in their communities, we have seen first-hand the impact that comes from giving them a voice and recognising that the youth of today are the decision makers of tomorrow.
“We look forward to supporting them shape their local communities for the better.”
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.”
Peter Ainsworth, Chair of the Big Lottery Fund said:
“The environment is where we live. Our Bright Future is designed to unleash the ambition of young people across the UK to make a personal and collective contribution to making our environment brighter, happier and more resilient to threats like climate change and the waste of natural resources.
“This initiative over the next seven years aims to join up the social, economic and environmental benefits that will come from enabling young people to shape their own future and others that follow them.”