Hundreds find out about carbon footprints

20th May 2009

The Save the World Young facilitator project recruited young people who care about climate change and want to encourage others to reduce their carbon footprints.

The scheme began with an eco-residential where they learned about effective communication and how to use the dozen activities available for groups.

Then they responded to requests from dozens of groups, travelling to deliver sessions from Alnwick in the north down to Peterlee in the south. Groups included scouts, guides, looked-after young people, school environmental groups, refugees, and many others.

Said one participant: "One highlight was leading a session at Gateshead Youth Assembly's Get Green conference. We found out that some people's carbon footprints were so big, they would need six planets to support their lifestyles!"

The Save the World team then joined the Earth Hour parade at the Millennium Bridge, shining wind-up torches while walking across the darkened bridge. They were joining campaigners across the globe, to highlight the importance of the Copenhagan conference later in the year.

Mentors supported the young people, and the initiative helped with development of confidence, learning new skills and of course, making a difference in tackling climate change.

The project was funded by Awards for All. More details in full project report.

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