Manchester students #ShowTheLove

On Thursday 8th February our CEO, Jen Baughan was invited to run a workshop with young people challenging them to design a campaign to combat climate change in their school.

The event was organised by the Climate Coalition and the Manchester United Foundation. Over 50 students were welcomed to Old Trafford to take part in the #ShowtheLove event.

#ShowTheLove is a national campaign encouraging everyone to take action on climate change, whether that be through awareness-raising and wearing a homemade green heart on Valentine’s day or spinning the Spin for Love climate challenge wheel:

The event had a very warm response from students and teachers. Students spent the day learning about the impact of climate change on football and more generally in their local community. They then produced inspiration boards representing a variety of climate problems and existing solutions. The Centre for Alternative Technology ran a fantastic workshop with students writing a climate change-related news report, which they then recorded with a green screen! There were some lively debates about the potential contradictions of combatting flooding and extreme cold on football pitches by using additional electricity to under-soil heat pitches (something I didn’t know existed before last week).

The S4TP workshop focused on campaigning, and resulted in ideas like ‘nude food’ (a campaign to reduce food packaging in school) and ‘no electrics hour’ (to raise awareness about wasting electricity in school and try and change behaviours). Quite impressive considering we only had about 45minutes for the workshop! 

The support from the Manchester United Foundation was also remarkable. I had no idea of the range and depth of the support that they offer to their partner schools in Manchester. Over 25 staff members support 20 schools across the area. The support ranges from CV workshops to mentoring, careers days to climate trips. The staff from the foundation clearly had strong relationships with the schools and students that they worked with on a daily basis. It’s hard to admit, being a life-long Leicester City fan, but on this one I have to say that the Manchester United Foundation are doing some really remarkable work!  You can find out more on their website:


Written by: Jen Baughan, CEO

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