Only 21% of 8–12 year olds

in the UK have a decent connection to nature

18% of children

living in the most deprived areas never visit natural areas

Up to 72% of carbon emissions

in certain local authorities come from schools.

Up to 218 tonnes of CO2

can be saved per hectare in urban green spaces, over 50 years.

What we're doing

Bringing kids closer to nature

From making schools more energy efficient to planting forests that double up as outdoor classrooms, we’re bringing nature to kids who need it.

Our projects help children and young people understand why they should care about the environment, and show them how they can protect it for years to come. We know that not all kids are taught how important this is. And, often, they don’t even have the chance to get out and about in nature. So we’re changing this and teaching the next generation about the climate crisis. Because they’re our future.
Only 21% of 8–12 year olds

in the UK have a decent connection to nature

18% of children

living in the most deprived areas never visit natural areas

Up to 72% of carbon emissions

in certain local authorities come from schools.

Up to 218 tonnes of CO2

can be saved per hectare in urban green spaces, over 50 years.

£1m

put into changing things over the next 3 years

116,000

children and young people switched on to climate change issues

6,000

of CO2 will be saved in UK schools by 2022!

Our projects and how they work

We’re putting £1m into helping the next generation create projects that have a real impact on the climate crisis.

Action for Conservation

Action for Conservation’s brilliant plan is to mould the next generation of nature conservationists. With our support, they’re teaching 2,500 students aged 11-17 from less advantaged areas how to bring environmental projects to life making their schools and communities greener as they go!

Energy Sparks

With the right tools, kids can help make their schools more energy efficient, thanks to Energy Sparks. And once they’ve got this new, energy-saving know-how, they can pass it on to their families and friends too. 

We’re funding 350 schools to become more energy efficient, and fight climate change, with an online energy education programme. Together, we’ll help schools ditch 6,000 tonnes of CO2, and save £1.9m in energy costs.

Earthwatch

We’re planting 12 Tiny Forests in deprived areas of the UK. They’ll become amazing outdoor classrooms, where kids will learn about nature and the climate crisis. And they’ll absorb up to 7.2 tonnes of carbon each year making them up to 30x more effective than other tree-planting schemes. Wow.

Each forest absorbs 450-600 kg of carbon after 4 years of planting. So they’re up to 30x better at absorption, compared to other tree-planting schemes – and this means our Tiny Forests will absorb up to 7,200 kg of CO2.

3 WAYS CLIMATE CHANGERS IS HELPING TACKLE THE CLIMATE CRISIS

Educate

Educate

We're increasing children's knowledge, skills, and confidence in all things sustainability.

Empower

Empower

We're giving children real opportunities, and the self-belief they need, to take action on the climate crisis.

Deliver

Deliver

Children and young people are leading projects that are making a real difference to their environment

Latest news
In 2020, OVO Foundation agreed on a new strategy with sustainability at its heart. This new vision lines up nicely with Plan Zero, OVO’s 10-year vision to drive progress towards zero-carbon living. Our new strategy marks the first step, to make sure all children and young people have a greener, fairer world to grow up in.

Find out more about Plan Zero

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