Lottery funding invests £33m in next generation of green leaders


Three months on from the Paris climate change agreement, young people across the UK will receive extra support and training to develop their skills as the environmental leaders thanks to £33m of new funding from the Big Lottery Fund.

The Lottery Fund will provide over 30 youth-led projects across the country with around £1m each to help provide an estimated 50,000 young people with the skills and knowledge to improve their local environments, from establishing ethical start-ups to from reducing marine pollution to minimising food waste.

Through the scheme young people will develop the confidence and resilience to become environmental leaders and influence decisions at local and national levels.

The movement is ensuring this generation’s voice is heard in the current debates around environmental improvements and a resource-efficient economy.

Stephanie Hilborne OBE, Chief Executive of The Wildlife Trusts said:

“Our Bright Future is an innovative movement for change. It is brilliant that The Big Lottery Fund has recognised that societal and environmental challenges are two sides of the same coin. The programme supports young people to develop the skills needed to thrive in the workplace and it does so through the environment. We want to see a generation of courageous and wise leaders empowered to change our world for the better.”

Peter Ainsworth, UK Chair, Big Lottery Fund said:

“The environment is where we live. Our Bright Future is designed to unleash the ambition of young people across the UK to make a personal and collective contribution to making our environment brighter, happier and more resilient to threats like climate change and the waste of natural resources.

“This initiative over the next seven years aims to join up the social, economic and environmental benefits that will come from enabling young people to shape their own future and others that follow them.”

With over 30 projects across the UK and the involvement of organisations such as St Mungo’s, The National Trust, Action for Blind People, Centre for Sustainable Energy, Friends of the Earth, and UpRising, there is a very bright future ahead.