Our first ever Virtual Big Ideas Competition 2020 is drawing to a close – 645 pieces of work were submitted; over 150 students from over 20 schools continued through the lockdown; more than 60 incredible mentors and judges were involved; and 7 live online regional finals were held! As an organization we are so pleased to have created a space, albeit virtual, for such incredible hope, positivity, collaboration and action at such a difficult time for the world. The S4TP team reflect on the last few months below, whilst looking forward to celebrating ALL the teams involved at the live-streamed ‘A Night With Big Ideas’ event on Thursday, August 6th, 17:30 – 19:00: Continue reading
Our relationship with water is complex. Whether it’s scarcity in some regions or flooding in others, it reminds us more than anything how we, as humans, are inextricably linked with nature. Continue reading
The students we work with on Solutions for the Planet Big Ideas Days care about reducing waste. It’s the subject that they immediately grasp, whether it’s food, clothing or general waste, it piques their interest because it’s something they can see, feel, and in some cases smell. The teams below are an example of how students have turned their attention to how to reduce waste and recycle in their schools, communities and beyond; Continue reading
Yet the young people that we work with at Solutions for the Planet in the landlocked cities of Bradford, inner-city London and Birmingham have a strong bond and passion towards the worlds oceans and how they can help to clean them of pollution. As Tom Franklyn, an inner-city primary school teacher who founded City Kids Surfing, said: “We’re never going run to out of inner-city children, but we are going to run out of clean, pure ocean. If we put the two together, what a combination that would be, what a powerful force. We’re trying to come up with a truly humanitarian approach to ocean sustainability. Helping these kids fall in love with the sea is a vital first step in safeguarding our planet’s future.”
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.