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Applications Open for Youth Environmental Programme

Applications are open for Bright Green Future, a UK-wide environmental leadership programme for young people (14-17) run by the Centre for Sustainable Energy. The scheme is looking for the next cohort of young people who are passionate about the environment and want to gain the skills and knowledge to create a different world.

Bright Green Future is CSE's environmental leadership programme for teenagers aged 14-17 who want to create a more sustainable future for our planet, learn about climate change and environmental protection, gain confidence and meet like-minded people. It’s a unique opportunity for young people to learn about sustainability and environmental decision-making as well as improve prospects for future jobs and university.

The one-year programme consists of structured training, mentoring, a local project, a work placement and a residential summer school out in the wild. Each young person on the programme is assigned a mentor from the Bright Green Future team at CSE to help them find a work placement and organise their project.

One previous participants  said: 'It’s very easy to feel overwhelmed in regards to climate change but on Bright Green Future it was really lovely to meet so many like-minded people with passion for the environment and gave me a lot of hope for the future.'

www.bright-green-future.org.uk

 

Community Renewable Project Progress in Hope Valley

Over the last year, Hope Valley Renewables has been exploring community energy opportunities in the Hope Valley. Working with Sheffield Renewables, the group has now reached agreement with Hope Valley College to explore the possibility of installing a solar array on their roof, to generate electricity to be used at the College (as well as providing a teaching resource). It is hoped that, subject to certain technical and structural requirements being met, this will be registered before the end of March and installed in the early summer.
 
Anyone who is interested in investing in this project, which is anticipated to generate 2-3% return for investors over 20 years as well as paying into a community benefit fund, can register their interest in advance by contacting Jeremy Wight at mandyjeremy@yahoo.co.uk
 
Further information can be found on the Sheffield Renewables website.

National Trust Forced to Allow Seismic Surveying at Clumber Park

The National Trust has been forced by INEOS, a fracking company, to withdraw legal opposition to seismic surveying at Clumber Park. Seismic surveying is the first step in ascertaining if hydraulic fracturing (more commonly known as fracking) is possible in an area.
 
The National Trust released a statement in which they said: ‘We can assure you that the Trust remains fundamentally against fracking at Clumber Park, and will fight tooth and nail to protect the Park.’ The trust is now focusing efforts on making sure that wildlife is protected during the seismic surveying.
 
https://bit.ly/2Rufv1L

New South Derbyshire Environmental Forum Facebook Group

If you are part of a Group or organisation interested in improving the environment in and around South Derbyshire then there is a new online network for you. The forum now has a Facebook group which has been set up to help you all share information on training, resources, and answer each others questions. If you are interested in joining a practical group to make a difference to your local environment you can find one through this network group too. The Environmental Forum has been running for a few years but it's new to Facebook. Members are welcome to link to their own site and village pages and use the group to promote their work, recruit new members, ask for loans of equipment etc.

https://bit.ly/2sY0nQD

Community Climate Action Networking Events

Saturday 9th March - Sumac Centre, Nottingham
Saturday 23rd March, Loundsley Green Community Centre, Chesterfield
Both events: 12pm-4pm
Free event. Bring something to share for lunch

An opportunity for eco-focused community groups in Derbyshire, Derby, Nottingham & Nottinghamshire to meet to share their projects, successes, struggles and ideas. There will also be a workshop at each event focused on creating and maintaining a group that endures and thrives.
 
Confirmed Nottingham workshops:

  • Creating and maintaining a healthy group culture. A space in which to reflect on how your group and members are doing and how you can give yourselves the best chance of being a group that endures and thrives. Caroline Harmon, Marches Energy Agency
  • Climate friendly gardening. Tracey Lloyd, Windmill Community Gardens
  • Greening Beeston. Anne Jennings. Greening Beeston will also be bringing their eco dolls house which they use at community events to help people learn about eco friendly homes.
  • Campaigning to make it easier to build eco homes locally. Claire and James Healey, EnVelop Homes
  • Extinction Rebellion: declaring a climate emergency.

Confirmed Chesterfield workshops:

  • Creating and maintaining a healthy group culture. A space in which to reflect on how your group and members are doing and how you can give yourselves the best chance of being a group that endures and thrives. Caroline Harmon, Marches Energy Agency
  • Creating opportunities for anyone to experience cycling. Alastair Meikle, Inclusive Pedals and Cycling Without Age
  • Hayfield Sustainable Transport: a minibus car club. Roland Strube, Hayfield Sustainable Transport
  • Local Anti-Fracking campaigns. Greg Hewitt
  • Campaigning to make it easier to build eco homes locally. Claire and James Healey, EnVelop Homes
  • Combating poor air quality. Peter Robinson, Derby Climate Coalition

If you are part of a community group and would like to bring a short informal workshop/talk (25 minutes) about a project you are running/have run please get in touch: caroline.harmon@mea.org.uk / 07748 508704. Otherwise, come and be inspired.

Please indicate you are attending either via the Facebook events or by emailing Caroline Harmon: caroline.harmon@mea.org.uk

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