I’m passionate about people’s relationships with each other and with the planet. As many have said before me, we only have one earth and we need to look after it. So, how do we go about effecting the biggest change we can? I believe finding common ground, especially on issues that affect all of us, is the key to building partnerships that can have a big impact. And no ground could be more common than the ground we stand on! That’s one of the reasons why our Big Ideas Programme, focuses on sustainability. It provides a space for young …and older people from businesses and schools, corporates and communities to creatively collide, share knowledge and skills, and to think big. The benefits of this are gifts that keeps on giving.
As humans, we are built to take risks, to fall down and get up (continuously as we learn to walk!), and to think creatively (I had imaginary pets coming out of my ears as a child!). However, as we grow, we’re told what’s right and wrong, we have to sit still and learn rather than explore, and we have to memorise information rather than learn by doing. We learn to fear making mistakes, we worry about what others think, we think we know our limits. That’s why, at Solutions for the Planet, we work with young people because we have so much to learn from them and with them. The planet needs us to take better risks, to face our fears about changing lifestyles, to get creative in how we live more in tune with our planet and for that we need the daring, resilience, creativity and passion that young people bring to the table.
The young people we work with aren’t bound by any of the limits we set ourselves as adults, that’s one of the reasons their ideas and enthusiasm are so inspiring. They inspire us every day and they also inspire the mentors that work with them from our Business Partners.
Speaking of great ideas, Sarah, our Big Ideas Programme Manager knits hearts as part of Hearts of Joy in Worcestershire, an idea conceived by a 17 year old who started knitting hearts for people in hospitals and care homes, pairs of hearts in fact (one for a COVID patient and one for their relative) as a way of connecting them while apart. Last year Sarah knitted blue and green hearts for our team, to match our logo (and the planet) and for Show the Love she has pivoted to produce green hearts!
Show the Love is an annual celebration of everything we care about and want to protect from the worst impacts of the climate crisis that’s facing our planet. We fully support their call to ask politicians to put aside their differences to tackle the climate crisis. Ever since the start of Show the Love, communities across the UK have demonstrated year-on-year that beautiful things are possible when people work together. Things may look a bit different this year, but you can still show the love! You can post photos of your creations on social media using the hashtag: #ShowTheLove
We’re excited to see what comes out of COP26, hosted this year in the UK, and we are keen to find every opportunity we can to make sure that young people’s voices are not just heard but actually listened to. What new efforts will be agreed to limit greenhouse gas emissions and restrict the rate the world is warming and what contributions will our young people have to make.
Solutions for the Planet are committed to #ShowTheLove today and everyday!
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Solutions for the Planet Ltd