Ecotricity launches search for Young Green Britons

23 January 2018

Britain’s greenest energy company, Ecotricity, has launched a search to find the next generation of environmentalists - and will give them the chance to make their voices heard at WOMAD Festival this summer.

Ecotricity’s work focuses on four key areas - energy, transport, food and nature - and they are looking for secondary school pupils to present their big ideas on each of these topics on stage at the Festival.

Between them, energy, transport and food make up 80% of our carbon emissions, so Ecotricity aims to tackle these, as well as making space for nature to help create a Green Britain.

Each Young Green Briton Champion will be mentored by a well-known expert in their chosen category at the event, before taking to the stage at WOMAD with their mentor to present their ideas and prove that the next generation has what it takes to make a difference.

One of the previous winners, Findlay Wilde, has gone on to become a prominent environmental blogger and campaigner and has since appeared in BBC Wildlife Magazine’s Wildlife Power List, been interviewed on Springwatch and Newsround, and had a hen harrier named after him after working with the RSPB on their Skydancer campaign.

Will Guyatt from Ecotricity, said: “The Young Green Briton Chat is a brilliant opportunity for young environmentalists to make their voices heard and put their vision across for a greener future. Previous entrants have gone on to great things so we can’t wait to see who enters this year.”

To take part, each youngster needs to make a video lasting no more than three minutes which explains their ideas on how Britain could be greener in one of the four categories - energy, transport, food or nature. They should be as creative as possible, so the entries could include a science experiment or a news report – whatever works best to bring their idea to life.

Entries can be sent to Ecotricity via this online form or by emailing younggreenbriton@ecotricity.co.uk.

WOMAD Festival is an annual celebration of world music and dance. This year it takes place from 26 - 29 July at Charlton Park near Malmesbury.

Ecotricity will sponsor the Arboretum Stage for the sixth consecutive year in 2018 and alongside the Young Green Briton Chat will host The Big Green Britain Chat, where influential figures will get the chance to discuss the key environmental topics of the day.

About the competition:

Entries for the Young Green Briton Chat close on Sunday 19 May. Ecotricity will select three finalists in each category and each mentor will select the overall winner, per category, by Friday 15 June. Winners will be informed no later than Friday 22 June. The four winners will receive a weekend pass for themselves and two adults to ‘WOMAD 2018’ (including camping and backstage entry into the Artists’ Village), as well as a personal meeting with their Green Britain mentor. Please make sure that you’ve got permission from your parent or guardian, and that you’re available on Sunday 29 July for the event at WOMAD festival.

Terms and conditons are available on the application webpage.

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