Education, Politics and Climate Change

Hope for the Future schools workshops offers sixth form students an opportunity to learn more about the challenges and opportunities presented by climate change as well as the chance to meet with their local MP. 

“Now is a really important time for young people to engage in politics. If you care about climate change and the environment you have the opportunity to present your views in shaping environment policy after Brexit.”
— Guto Bebb MP
  Students in at Ysgol Aberconwy discussing the Government's response to climate change with Guto Bebb MP.

Students in at Ysgol Aberconwy discussing the Government's response to climate change with Guto Bebb MP.

Hope for the Future has been funded by Scurrah Wainwright to offer free workshops to schools in Yorkshire. The purpose of the activity is to educate students about climate change and to make them aware of the role of their Members of Parliament in dealing with the challenges that it poses.  Students are given resources and support to create their own climate campaigns and to present these to their local MP. The local MP is invited to become an advocate for the ‘winning’ campaign in Parliament. 

Our programme involves a structured series of activities, made relevant to particular student groups. Central to the workshop is an invitation to their local Member of Parliament to give a talk at the school about the importance of climate change.  While the workshop will be particularly relevant for Geography and Politics students, other subjects will certainly benefit from it too. You can read a blog about a recent workshop here.

Our workshops inspires knowledge and confidence in sixth form students at a time when they are making significant career path choices and approaching voting age.

If your school would like to take part in a Hope for the Future workshop, please get in touch at info@hftf.org.uk or find out how to contact us here.

Hope for the Future takes care of all planning, liaising with the local MP and provision of resources. 

“The [students’] presentations were excellent, being done in front of peers and invited guests was not easy but it was an excellent learning experience for them.”
— Teacher at King Edward VI, Morpeth
“Thank you so much for the fabulous session. The students continued debating the issue beyond the session, it seems to have really sparked their engagement with world issues.”
— Julie Parr, Pastoral Manager at All Saints’ Academy, Cheltenham.
“Climate change will affect our children much more than older generations. It is really inspiring to see our young people taking responsibility for positive change and challenging policy makers.”
— Julie Parr, Pastoral Manager at All Saints' Academy
“I learned a lot more about climate change and enjoyed the chance to work on a solution for a growing problem. It was an interesting experience meeting with Guto Bebb, he answered questions to the fullest and was engaged with us when we presented our presentations.”
— Student at Ysgol Aberconwy, Conwy
“It was great to see students at Aberconwy School engaging on the issue of climate change. I learnt from them just as they learnt from me.”
— Guto Bebb MP
  Students at Ysgol Aberconwy met with Guto Bebb MP. 

Students at Ysgol Aberconwy met with Guto Bebb MP. 

  Students at All Saints' Academy, Cheltenham getting involved in the workshop.

Students at All Saints' Academy, Cheltenham getting involved in the workshop.

  Sixth Form students at All Saints' Academy, Cheltenham,   discuss climate with with Alex Chalk MP

Sixth Form students at All Saints' Academy, Cheltenham, discuss climate with with Alex Chalk MP

  Hope for the Future with Ian Lavery MP following a workshop with Geography students at King Edward VI, Morpeth.

Hope for the Future with Ian Lavery MP following a workshop with Geography students at King Edward VI, Morpeth.