Helping Bristol students take on the climate crisis

We’re teaming up with Bristol City Council to fund workshops that will empower young people to tackle the defining issue of our time.


9 October 2019

Bristol’s Climate Challenge kicks off on the 9th October and will involve students from 9 secondary schools and a sixth form college that are all committed to overcoming disadvantage, raising aspirations and broadening education.

Working alongside environmental groups, the students will develop carbon-kicking projects for their schools and communities, before presenting them to guests. 

Everyone will be given the chance to reflect on the kind of changes that are needed to reduce carbon emissions, and protect our environment. With many of the projects expected to help people:

  • Promote walking and cycling.
  • Use less energy.
  • Reduce meat consumption.
  • Buy fewer clothes.
  • Ban single-use plastics.
  • And make school grounds into havens for wildlife. 

Bristol City Council has already declared a climate emergency, and this project comes right in the middle of global climate strikes that are shining a light on the issue, so it couldn’t be more timely. 

As well as a bunch of passionate students, the launch will be attended by Bristol’s Youth Mayor Siena Jackson-Wolfe, Doug Allen from the BBC’s Blue Planet, Councillor Mhairi Threlfall, and OVO’s very own Sustainability Manager, Lucie Agass.

It’s easy for the climate crisis to feel overwhelming, but we’re proud of Bristol’s students who are standing up and taking action to make their city more sustainable – and we’re not the only ones. 

Project lead from Bristol City Council, Fiona Carnie, says “Bristol is committed to a sustainable future. It’s heartening to see young people taking an active role in making that future a reality.”

We couldn’t agree more.

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