New environmental youth voice for Torbay
- Credit: Cool Climate
Have you heard about Cool Climate yet?
The new environmental youth voice for Torbay is a collaboration between Gaia, Groundwork, Torbay Climate Action, Youth Genesis and Sound communities. Funded by Imagine This and Sanctuary Housing.
To those in full-time education/work, it can often be that we learn about the environment through social media and friend group echo-chambers.
This can lead to misinformation that can be more damaging than helpful, something Cool Climate’s founder, Jordan, realised early on in his environmental education.
In fact, this is one of his reasons for setting up the group.
Cool Climate is a Torbay-based educational group aimed at opening up the conversation on all things environmentally focused to those aged 13 to 25.
The aim is to provide an easy space - whether over a free coffee or hot chocolate at the Climate Cafe afternoons held at Gaia Coffee, Paignton, or online during lockdown - where young people can share ideas, learn more and plan meaningful action to support our natural environment.
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Most schools across the UK, including Torbay, still refer to climate change as a side note within an already-packed geography syllabus.
Although those younger than 25 are likely to experience the full extent that climate change has to offer, there is little in the way of helpful environmental education on a national or local level - until now!
Having started a weekly Climate Café in September 2020, Cool Climate has ignited the conversation on environmental concerns for our young citizens in Torbay, while keeping relaxed, positive and solutions-focused vibes.
All of the lockdowns and uncertainty around the past six months have certainly changed what the group has been able to do. But with the reopening of the weekly Climate Cafe, workshops, activities and competitions planned for 2021, there’s bound to be something for everyone.
Climate and environmental conversations can stir up different emotions for different people. Cool Climate’s approach to this is to ensure all those taking part feel comfortable listening, speaking and asking questions in a judgment-free zone.
When it comes to the environment, there are no silly questions!
If you pop along to one of the Climate Cafe afternoons or follow us on Facebook/Instagram, you’re likely to come across one of Cool Climate’s outreach team -- made up of Jordan, a local youth worker and business owner, Rae Stanton, environmental activist and committee member of Torbay Climate Action, and Theo Law, environmental science graduate and Torbay local.
Jordan said: "We are the familiar faces but we often have awesome people joining in the conversations too - why not come and join?’"
Want to know more? Eager to get more eco? Head to @coolclimate39 on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with all the latest.