Saving the world and reducing the size of our carbon footprints.
The Tyneside-based Save the World project recruited a team of young people aged between 16 and 21 to help spread the word on how we can reduce the size of our carbon footprints.
The Save the World project was developed because increased knowledge and awareness of climate change did not seem to be leading to changes in behaviour by individuals and organisations to reduce their carbon footprints. Our aim was to help motivate people to want to make a difference and provide useful information to do that straight away.
You may have seen Save the World in action – our activities are delivered in special Wheelie Bins like this! The bins have visited youth groups, schools, and festivals around the North East over the last year.
We developed them after research into attitudes to climate change, as we were concerned that awareness was not leading to action.
And another key finding was that young people would welcome the chance for their learning sessions to be facilitated by peer educators. Learning sessions are being held with dozens of groups.
We seek funding so that this work can be offered free to groups. When no funding is available, a ratecard applies but we always try to help – if a group does not have funds we will seek to provide volunteers.
The sessions have been delivered to more than thirty groups across the area. They included:
All participants received our Save the World newsletter with a summary of feedback.
Awards for All
The Eco-Residential was extremely successful and would work well for all ages groups. The learning resources work well with all ages and abilities. They are very flexible so can fit sessions of different durations They can be hired for use by your own facilitators or we are happy to provide facilitators. .