Why we work with schools in areas of multiple deprivation
If we want to see real support for sustainability, it will be when everyday people see how it affects their own lives. Working in schools S4TP works hard to show the links between food waste and food poverty, how pollution affects those living in the most densely populated cities and how young people can have their voices heard.
It’s the young people we work with who live beside polluting factories, who can’t afford to heat their poorly insulated home or who can’t afford to move away from motorways or flood zones. They’re hit first and worst by climate change. And it’s these young people, who once they see their place in the debate will come up with real solutions to the sustainability issues facing the planet. They are creative innovators who see the real urgency for change.
The high cost of energy, the finite supply of traditional raw materials and clean water, and the increasing demand from consumers for sustainable goods, are all driving demand for new products, services, technologies. This demand for solutions in the Green Economy provides employment opportunities to the young people we work with. UK Environmentalism’s reputation as a rich white social movement will have enormous negative consequences and needs to be challenged every time we go into our schools. We must build positivity around the opportunities the green economy will bring for ordinary people, especially young people and change the narrative from a negative to a positive.
Big Ideas Programme Coordinator
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