Feel overwhelmed when you think about the global crises we’re facing? Same.
We all know climate change is happening. We’ve seen it in the news and felt it in the weather.
As a young person you might be feeling pretty anxious. And we get it. It can be confusing knowing how to make a difference, especially when there’s so much wishy-washy language and people are making big decisions that don’t feel relevant to your lives.
Is this fair? We don’t think so.
Protect Our Future is the calm amongst the storm.
Where did Protect Our Future come from?
- 2020 - 2021
- November 2021
- December 2021
- March 2022
Since 2016, we’ve run STEM Crew, a platform for educators that provides young people with inspiring, real-life sporting experiences to demonstrate the power of science. To date, it’s used in over 50% of UK secondary schools.
When Covid-19 hit, we *all* learnt a lot more about how science can be used to solve global challenges. Professor Louise Archer’s concept of ‘science capital’ inspired us; by growing our understanding of science’s everyday application, we sought to bridge the gap and inspire more young people to consider STEM careers.
The landmark COP26 climate conference encouraged everyone to consider their impact on the planet. During roadshows, events and school visits, we spoke with young people and teachers and witnessed their anxiety around the climate crisis first-hand.
Working with environmental communication agency Hubbub, we ran a poll of 1,000 young people aged 11-16. Protecting the planet was of huge importance to them and they wanted to know what steps they could take to make a real difference. The scale of the problem was clear and we realised there was an urgent need to provide support.
Our response was a new flagship programme, Protect Our Future. Our online platform equips young people with the knowledge and skills to tackle the climate crisis. We also provide inspirational, science-based teaching resources for educators, 70% of whom don’t currently feel equipped to teach sustainability.