Moving away from a materialistic Christmas

Lily Stringer is taking part in the Cardiff Environmental Leadership Programme, delivered by UpRising. Her blog challenges our Christmas present buying habits. Make it Sentimental This may sound a sinister start to a post about Christmas, but consider this: if you were forced from your home and only able to take one bag of belongings […]

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2018-19 UpRising Environmental Leadership Programme Launch

The UpRising Environmental Leadership Programme 2018-19 launched in November this year in London, Cardiff, Manchester and Birmingham. We kicked off the programme with a Leadership Launch Weekend that was held simultaneously across the four cities. During the weekend UpRisers shared knowledge about the key environmental challenges facing their local communities as well as understanding their […]

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Grassroots Challenge Celebration Event 2018

Grassroots Challenge Youth Forum member and Our Bright Future Evaluation Panel Youth Representative, Arwen Greenwood gives an update on the recent Grassroots Challenge Celebration Event. This year’s Grassroots Challenge celebration event was held on Friday 23 November at the Craigavon Civic Centre and was a brilliant success. This is the second year of the project […]

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Ten years on from the 2008 Climate Change Act

In 2008, the UK set ambitious targets for tackling climate change. To mark this anniversary two projects from The Environment Now have shared their thoughts and how their businesses are making a difference. Tackling climate change one wipe at a time! Twipes was founded in 2015 by biochemist Elle and entrepreneur Al to tackle the […]

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How I became an Our Bright Future intern

In August Milly Spencer became the Our Bright Future Intern at Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust.  Before we begin, introduce yourself! How did Our Bright Future enter your life? My name is Milly, I’m from Manchester and moved here (to Gloucestershire) to study. I recently graduated with a degree in Wildlife Conservation, and have just started this internship at the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust Our Bright Future […]

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Young people and the environment: we’re celebrating a year of successes!

Policy and Campaigns Manager, Roberta Antonaci gives an update on the Our Bright Future campaign. With its 31 projects running across the UK, Our Bright Future is creating and improving many places and changing the lives of many young people across the four nations. We have already engaged more than 80,000 young people, breaking our […]

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The endless possibilities of fashion technology

Chidubem Nwabufo, founder of Impact Fashion discusses how technology has shaped the negative social and environmental effects of the fashion industry, but how new tech innovations could help tackle these same issues. Impact Fashion received £10,000 funding from Our Bright Future project, The Environment Now. Technology has become a pivotal part of how we interact […]

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Finding a new direction with Tomorrow’s Natural Leaders

Megan Humphreys has recently completed 12 months on the Tomorrow’s Natural Leaders project, delivered by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. She tells us how she found herself swapping retail work for getting her hands dirty. I came across the Tomorrow’s Natural Leaders (TNL) project while working a dreary retail job in the midst of an inevitable post-university […]

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Shire horses, bunting and a derelict car park; how the Urban Rangers are making London a little wilder

Catherine, the Our Bright Future Youth Forum member from the National Trust Green Academies Project, updates on the Urban Rangers activities. Urban Rangers is a group for 14-20 year olds that meet twice a week at the National Trust’s Morden Hall Park. They learn practical conservation skills and gain accredited courses. It is part of […]

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What’s coppicing all about?

Rachel Bush, Education and Wellbeing Officer at Wiltshire Wildlife Trust explains why the young people at the Milestones project are cutting down trees.  ‘We don’t care about the cold, we’ll keep on coppicing no matter what the weather is.’ Now that the colder, darker days of the winter months are a distant memory and spring […]

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Becoming a beekeeping tutor

From volunteer to Our Bright Future Youth Ambassador to qualified beekeeping tutor, Rachel shares her experiences as part of the BEE You Project at Blackburne House.   Blood rushed to my face and burnt under my cheeks. Every ounce of my energy I put into holding back the tears I felt building. Ten pairs of […]

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Wowed in Wales: 2018 Our Bright Future seminar

Last month the 2018 annual Our Bright Future all project seminar took place. Staff and Youth Forum members from across the UK gathered in Cardiff to celebrate the programme, learn from each other and plan ahead. Share Learn Improve Coordinator, Abi Paine shares her experience. Exactly one month to the day that I first started […]

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Kimberley and Adam go to the Royal Wedding!

Carlisle Undercroft is one of nearly 50 projects to date that has received funding from Spaces4Change, an Our Bright Future project, delivered by UnLtd. Kimberley has been working tirelessly to improve ‘Carlisle Undercroft’ and on May 19 her and her partner, Adam got the most incredible recognition for their efforts!  ‘As part of a group […]

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Regeneration and healthy eating in Berwick

This month we have a double blog for you! The Our Bright Future project, Spaces 4 Change, is delivered by UnLtd. It is a UK wide programme that finds, funds, supports and connects young people aged 16-24 to start and run social ventures that unlock the potential of unused or under-utilised spaces for the benefit […]

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Celebrating the success of vInspired’s Eco-Talent volunteers

vInspired’s Eco Talent is a six month volunteering programme for 16 to 24 year olds, which gives them the opportunity to develop real world skills and experiences so they can succeed in the environmental sector. Project Coordinator Jenna Hannon, tells us about  the graduation of cohort three.  The project is delivered in partnership with Barking […]

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Supporting and Empowering Tomorrow’s Natural Leaders

Georgina Umney is a participant in Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Tomorrow’s Natural Leaders programme 2017-18 ‘One person can make a difference to the world and everyone should try’. This well-meaning quote from J.F. Kennedy is a source of equal inspiration and exasperation to many environmentally conscious young people across Britain. In an interconnected world where news […]

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Our Bright Future Youth Forum meet-up

On Saturday 3 February 2018 Youth Forum members from Our Bright Future projects across the country met in York. Aaron Wheeler was one of them. Here’s his story…  Hey guys, my name is Aaron Wheeler. Not Alan, Darren or even Karen…as I’ve been called on the phone before! I’m 24 and I’m involved in a […]

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From volunteer to Trustee: how young people can influence change

Ellie Brown is Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust’s first young Trustee. Here’s how she landed the role. Wildlife and the environment are two of my greatest passions, and it was my desire to have a positive impact on the health of this planet that led to my involvement with Green Futures, one of the brilliant Our […]

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