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This winter has been very busy for the Avon Schools Eco Network! If you have been keeping up to date with our social media pages, you would have seen some of our network members representing Avon at COP 26 in Glasgow. One of our mentors made this video of the trip. We spoke with leaders such as Alok Sharma, President Designate, and shared views about the need for politicians to invest in youth issues and the understanding of the need for immediate action. Back in Bristol we also participated at ‘We the 33%’ event with Creative Youth Network where we shared our experiences of going to COP 26 and raised awareness of opportunities for the young people of Bristol to get involved with the network.
We recently welcomed new members to the network from schools in Bristol and Bath such as Bristol Grammar School and Hayesfield and we hope to gather new members from other schools from year 11 as well as the Sixth Form. Our new members represented the network at UWE’s Sustainability Communications Course in February where we learnt about how to target campaigns via social media or film making to specific groups in society based on age, political agenda etc. We made videos of our own, spreading awareness of a climate based issue, using the expertise of lecturers and former film researchers at UWE.
The network is especially excited about our involvement with the Force of Nature’s Eco Anxiety training program. We are very grateful for the opportunity to receive training from climate activists and experts in psychology and well being from around the world. We hope that by the end of their training, our network members will have developed skills in eco counselling and will be able to mentor in their own schools and help those who are affected by eco anxiety. This is such an incredible opportunity for the network and the skills developed will be invaluable in the future as uncertainty about climate change grows and eco anxiety affects more and more of us.
In the future, the network is aiming to increase the diversity of schools and ages of our members and continue to use our social media pages to spread awareness of what we do.
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