One Planet Pioneers is a partnership between Middlesbrough Environment City, Tees Valley Wildlife Trust, Actes, Teesside University and a range of local community organisations.
This exciting new project is just getting underway. It will use the One Planet Living model of sustainability to engage young people in developing, designing and delivering a range of environmental sustainability projects across Middlesbrough. These will bring community and environmental benefits to Middlesbrough whilst also broadening participants’ own skills, experiences and life chances.
Over the next five years, the project will empower young people, 14-21 years old, through volunteering, training and apprenticeships on environmental projects, developing them as local environmental advocates.
The Project Will
- Develop, with participants, practical environmental volunteering opportunities and apprenticeships within Middlesbrough’s urban environment.
- Develop volunteering opportunities and apprenticeships in environmental awareness projects and events.
- Develop participants’ environmental knowledge, leadership and advocacy skills, including through decision-making on the project, participating in the John Muir Award and taking part in training courses. Through this, young people will become “One Planet Pioneers”, recognised as experts and influencers of environmental change locally.
- Improve enjoyment of greenspace for the community, through Forest Schools, walking and cycle-recycle schemes.
- Help participants progress into further training, employment and entrepreneurship opportunities.
One Planet Pioneers
Is part of Our Bright Future, a £33 million programme funded by the Big Lottery Fund and run by a consortium of eight organisations which is led by The Wildlife Trusts.
Our Bright Future aims to tackle three big challenges facing society today – a lack of social cohesion, a lack of opportunities for young people and vulnerability to climate change. Thirty-one youth led projects across the UK are each receiving around £1m of funding to give young people the skills and knowledge to improve their local environments – from reducing marine pollution to minimising food waste.
This young, ambitious and capable movement is ensuring this generation’s voice is heard in the current debates around environmental improvements and a resource-efficient economy.