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

Empowering climate crisis action

The climate crisis is urgent. While it’s up to all of us to do our bit, we know that not all children and young people are taught how important it is – or even given the skills to help. This is where our projects come in. It’s our mission to help children understand why they should care about the environment, and show them how they can protect it for years to come.
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

investment over the next 3 years

116,000

children and young people are more engaged with climate change

6,000

tonnes 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.

Our support will help 2,500 students aged 11-17 from less-advantaged areas. These children will gain the skills and knowledge needed to deliver environmental improvement projects, making their schools and communities greener – and more sustainable in the process!

Energy Sparks

Energy Sparks empowers pupils to make the energy efficiency of their schools better. The children learn energy-saving skills that not only have a real impact on climate change, but that they can take home and teach to their families and friends.

Our funding will help 350 schools become more energy efficient and fight climate change through an online energy education programme. Over the next 3 years, we’ll help schools ditch 6,000 tonnes of CO2, and save £1.9m in energy costs.

Earthwatch

Our support will help build 12 Tiny Forests (sites of 200m2 of land, with 600 trees per site) in deprived areas of the UK. These forests will be used by teachers as incredible outdoor classrooms to teach children about the environment and sustainability.

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 will be in the driving seat of projects that make 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 equal access to a sustainable future.

Find out more about Plan Zero

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