Our Bright Future promotes sustainable development and the green economy in schools across the UK

Students at Northumberland Park School learn about green design. Image: Rowan Longhurst

Members of the LI are working with Groundwork to help it deliver a schools programme, sponsored by ‘‘, that aims to inspire the next generation of environment leaders.

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 funding to give young people the skills and knowledge to improve their local environments – from reducing marine pollution to minimising food waste.

Groundwork London has received £1 million to deliver a schools programme, , that will engage young people across 70 secondary schools in London. Over 700 students will learn how to undertake environmental audits in their schools, as well as find out about the wide range of careers in the green sector.

As part of the associated programmed of workshops, the Artas-ua.info Institute is running the ‘create a greener playground’ scheme. This will introduce students to the idea of sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) and approaches to landscape design that improve water management issues.

10 LI members have signed up to the scheme, and will be running the landscape session in pairs. These members are part of the LI’s scheme.

Poppy Smith, Education Development Officer at the LI, said, ‘We are delighted to be working with Groundwork on this project. We are excited to get students thinking about designing outside spaces that can not only improve the look of an area, but also help to tackle problems such as flooding’.

Graham Parry, Groundwork’s Director of Youth, Employment and Skills, said, ‘At Groundwork, we know that every young person has the potential to succeed, given the support, training and opportunities to take control of their lives and their futures. This initiative will enable us to work with hundreds of young people over the next five years, helping them find out about environmental careers, gain the skills to enter the workforce and succeed in a range of fantastic vocational opportunities in the environmental sector’.