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Contract: Youth Climate Summit delivery

On behalf of the Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership, CAfS has been awarded £2.5 million from the National Lottery’s Climate Action Fund, for a five-year Zero Carbon Cumbria project. This includes a Youth Climate Action Programme, to support, empower and skill up young people in Cumbria to have their voices heard and to influence those in power to listen and act. The Youth Climate Action Programme includes a series of annual Youth Climate Summits with schools across Cumbria, bringing children, young people and teachers together. Youth Steering Committees will help set priorities for the summits including the topics covered and the [...]

Smaller grants lead to widespread action

The Zero Carbon Cumbria Community Climate Grants have been awarded to 11 organisations over the past few months. Earlier this year, we updated you on the two large grants (up to £10,000) awarded to community projects working to reduce carbon emissions in Cumbria. Now, we thought it was about time to give you a flavour of some of the other action taking place as a result of the grants. These projects are recipients of either the small or medium sized grants. While this is not all the projects that have been funded, they provide a snapshot of the brilliant initiative [...]

Calling young people to the Youth Climate Fest

Young Cumbrians aged 11 - 18 are being invited to a free day of activities and workshops in Penrith to talk about climate issues. The event, which takes place on Wed 27 Jul, will provide an opportunity for young people who care about climate change to meet like-minded peers to discuss the environment alongside positive input from a host of organisations. The planned activities will aim to make the young people feel supported, and validate them to make changes in their own lives for the benefit of the planet. A carousel of different events to empower the voices of the [...]

By |2022-07-13T12:11:40+01:00July 13th, 2022|Homepage, News, Youth|

Council commissions study into nature curriculum for schools

Cumbria County Council has appointed CAfS to work alongside the Cumbria Development Education Centre (CDEC) and The University of Cumbria (UoC), to produce a report to help establish an improved nature curriculum for young people in Cumbria. The study will focus on the provision of place-based learning about the environment and sustainability for schools in Cumbria. It will include learning about the local environment and wider Cumbrian landscape, issues of sustainability, climate change and biodiversity as well as experiences that build appreciation for nature and the environment. Over the next few months, the partnership will be sending a questionnaire [...]

By |2022-06-10T13:55:39+01:00June 10th, 2022|Homepage, News, Youth|

Climate change training rolling out to educators in Cumbria

CAfS will be helping to create a national climate training toolkit for educators as part of a new government plan. We will be one of the partners developing the toolkits, as part of the Department for Education's Climate & Sustainability Strategy, announced in April. Every maintained nursery, school, college and university in the country is to have a sustainability lead among their staff, all of whom will have 'carbon literacy' training on the climate crisis and how we can respond. We've been delivering accredited Climate and Carbon Literacy training in Cumbria since 2019 and we're now running a pilot [...]

By |2022-05-18T14:48:29+01:00May 18th, 2022|Homepage, News, Youth, Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership|

Young people in Copeland make their voices heard on climate change

Young people are highly aware of the threat to their futures from climate change yet are rarely able to influence the ‘gatekeepers’ of climate emissions – those decision makers in Cumbria whose strategies and plans can most affect our carbon emissions. To help address this we worked with Shared Future (a local not for profit organisation) to fund and create interactive sessions with youth groups which explored their views on climate change and shared their ideas with people and organisations across Cumbria. In total 62 young people aged from 11 to 19 years took part in the workshop sessions [...]

By |2022-04-14T15:00:57+01:00April 14th, 2022|Homepage, News, Youth|

Young people lead wave of climate action from school

A few months ago, school pupils in Cumbria penned a new storybook that took on the story of Driggsby, the whale that washed up on a Cumbrian shore in 2014. The young Fin whale was thought to have died due to developmental complications caused by plastic in her mother's milk. In response, the kids produced Driggsby, a whales tale, an illustrated book while learning all about the issues of plastic pollution and participated in beach cleans along the coast from Allonby to Seascale. This remarkable work which led to, as well as the book, an exhibition in Tullie House [...]

By |2022-03-22T11:20:50+00:00March 22nd, 2022|Homepage, News, Youth|

New sustainability opportunities for young people created

As we emerge into a new year, emerging alongside us are many opportunities for engagement with young people on sustainability. Through the brilliant work of our Youth projects Coordinator Ceri, CAfS is looking to place the needs of this generation at the heart of the transition to net zero. We thought we'd give a little update on what sort of things young people can expect in 2022 from us. Work with schools and youth groups The new Greener Schools project has appointed environmental auditors who will shortly begin working with students in 16 primary and secondary schools on Cumbria’s [...]

By |2022-01-27T12:06:17+00:00January 27th, 2022|Homepage, News, Youth|

Young people capitalise on COP26 to raise climate concerns

Young people in Cumbria have seized on the momentum generated by the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow to present their environmental concerns to leading figures within the county. They presented the outcomes from a recent successful Cumbria Youth Climate Summit to Councillor Celia Tibble (Cumbria County Council Cabinet Member for Environment) and Karen Mitchell (co-chair of Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership and CEO of Cumbria Action for Sustainability). The meeting, which took place at Cumbria County Council’s Kendal offices, coincided with Youth and Public Empowerment Day at COP26, the United Nations summit that brought together heads of state, climate experts [...]

Youth Climate Summit 2021

Calling all Cumbrian schools! The Cumbria Youth Climate Action Summit is being held online on Friday October 15 2021, from 9:30am – 12 midday. We’ve been hard at work behind the scenes getting together a great programme, with a steering group made up of young people in Cumbria helping us plan workshops that will help inform and empower your students. These workshops cover a range of topics which you can choose from, from getting your voice heard and COP26, to making your school carbon zero, to what opportunities there are in the Fellfoot area. The event will be held [...]

By |2021-10-01T11:50:38+01:00October 1st, 2021|Homepage, News, Youth|
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