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The search is on for Scotland's next young climate champion

Zero Waste Scotland has joined with The Hunter Foundation, Sir Tom Hunter’s philanthropy,  to offer secondary pupils from across Scotland with a passion for the environment the chance to attend a charity dinner where Sir David Attenborough will be guest speaker.

13 Jan 20

Budding environmentalists are being asked to consider what changes could be made to address the growing climate crisis focusing specifically on Scotland. The best entry will secure a once-in-a-lifetime place for themselves and a group of teachers and classmates at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh on 18th February 2020.

Iain Gulland, chief executive of Zero Waste Scotland, said: “Young people all over the planet have played a vital role in raising awareness of the need to tackle the climate emergency. We saw the passion of Scotland’s school pupils during the recent climate strikes and know they can help us identify the solutions we have to find. The world needs fresh ideas for ways we can change our lifestyle and this competition represents a great opportunity for young people to share their thoughts and make a difference.”

Sir Tom said: “Climate change is happening now and we need to move quickly to address it. We are looking for answers and opportunities to what is clearly a global issue of concern, so who better to ask than the people who will be affected the most – our next generation of young Scots.”

The European Parliament declared a global “climate and environmental emergency” in December, as it urged all EU countries to commit to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, the Scottish Government had already gone a step further last year and committed to be net zero by 2045.

Sir Tom challenged pupils, saying: “The global climate emergency is one of the biggest risks to our future society. If you ruled Scotland, what big changes would you make to address the global climate crisis here in Scotland? Or how do you think young people in Scotland could lead the way in addressing climate concerns?”

Full details of the competition are provided below:

Your chance to attend Scotland’s amazing dinner with Sir David Attenborough

Think you could address the global climate emergency? Tell us how you’d do it and your school could win a table at a dinner with Sir David Attenborough. Sir David will address a charity dinner for up to 800 people at the National Museum of Scotland on 18th February 2020.

And this is your school’s chance to be there at the event. The Hunter Foundation in partnership with Zero Waste Scotland is offering one table of ten for a secondary school to attend the dinner.

Addressing the global climate emergency…

All you have to do is submit a piece of content that summarises what your school would do if given the opportunity to address the global climate emergency. What would you change, why would you change it and how? Your content could be anything from an essay, poem or song to a video or piece of digital art.

Written work must be a maximum of two pages and videos should be less than two minutes long and submitted as a link to YouTube. Be as creative as you like and also tell us how you’ll select the ten attendees on your table should you win (this can be in writing if submitting something creative). Feel free to promote your entry on social media using the hashtag #SirDavidDinner and tagging @THunterF.

How to enter

The closing date for entries is Friday 7th February 2020. To enter, you must get permission from your school. They will be responsible for getting you to and from the event if you win so you’ll need to keep them informed.

Your teacher will need to send your entry to schools@thehunterfoundation.co.uk and give the name of the school, an email address and phone number to get in touch that will be accessible during the February half term. A panel of judges will then select the winner.

When you enter you’re also giving us permission to publish your work if we choose to and to publicise your entry.

Further info

This competition is for secondary school pupils only. Your school group must be able to get to and from the venue – this isn’t included in the prize.

At least one member of the winning group must be a teacher or adult. The prize is only for Sir David Attenborough’s address, and does not include post-lecture entertainment.

The winning school will be contacted with further details as soon as possible after the closing date. The school will also be advised on publicity for the event.

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