Hundreds of secondary school students from across Worcestershire and Herefordshire attended the Your Green Future event at the University of Worcester this June.
The second annual event gave 11 to 19 year-olds the chance to work with 30 local and national businesses, and university sustainability students to explore the opportunities in a low carbon, sustainable future.
Robin Walker MP delivered the keynote talk, telling attendees: “I’m delighted to be at the Your Green Future event, which gives our young people valuable information about the opportunities to work in exciting areas which make our world a better, safer, happier and healthier place.”
Other speakers included Dean Attwell, Managing Director of Oakland International, and Justin Ratcliffe from Council for Aluminium in Buildings.
Students took part in various workshops, such as working alongside local businesses including Evesham Vale Growers and Aramark to develop sustainable food products; negotiating a Climate Action Plan for Worcestershire; and sitting on a ‘Dragons’ Den’ style panel to decide whether to ‘invest’ in cutting edge innovations presented to them by business representatives, including from Tata Motors and One Environment
Aaron from Sainsburys said: "I found it enlightening and refreshing. You really get to see things from a totally different perspective. It opens up your mind to a different way of thinking. The young people come at things from a different angle. It's really good to embed sustainability in them from a young age."
Thanks go to the University of Worcester for hosting the event and to the local Rotary Clubs that were on hand to make sure everything went smoothly!