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Today we have an awesome event going on! We are designing and planning how the summit will work! Today is all about designing how the summit will run and how we want the event to work!! There is so much energy from the team today! This years summit is going to be AMAZING!!

Do what you believe is right and don’t be afraid to take risks - BE BRAVE - ANON

Over the last few months we have had significant updates regarding the youth climate summit 2013. Firstly we have released this year invitations!! This means that we have also released are dates… KEEP THE 7th - 8th OF OCTOBER IN YOUR DIARIES!!!! In addition to this we have secured a small amount of funding for this years event… :D However we still need more funding for the event :( But, If you are intersted in supporting this yeard event, please, please, please contact us!! 

Last night we had another meeting with so much energy!! We have so much going on and there has been so much development for the event already! Were expecting invitations and info to go out next in the month or so! This years event is going to be amazing!!!

Photos from the first day of the Bath & North East Somerset Youth Climate Summit 2012, organised by Green Vision. The first day of the summit included a wide array of wonderful speakers including those pictured above: Matt Williams, co-director of the UK Youth Climate Coalition; Jane Stephenson, CEO of Resource Futures and Tim ‘Mac’ Macartney, founder of Embercombe.

The second day of the summit, which seeks to reflect on yesterday’s inspiration and help participants understand how they can use their new knowledge and learning in their schools, their communities and in their future lives.

Help fund the Bath & North East Somerset Youth Climate Summit!

This is a two day event which brings together 150 young people from across Bath and North East Somerset to learn about Climate change and other global issues which affect them.

On day one of the event we have 16 inspiring speakers talking on subjects that range from the science of climate change to economics, energy, migration, local food, coastal resources and youth climate action. These speakers include: Juliet Davenport, CEO Good Energy; Jane Stephenson, CEO Resource Futures; Tim Macartney, Founder Embercombe; Sarah Denie, Economist; Matt Adam Williams, Co-Director UK Youth Climate Coalition; Fergus Feilden, Founder and Architect at Feilden Fowles.

On day two we have a whole day of conversations which lead to creating personal or community led action. These conversations are hosted by young people and supported by a team of experienced facilitators.

More information is available at the summit’s crowdfunding page here or at the summit’s website here.

As you should know by now, the Bath & North East Somerset Youth Climate Summit is fast approaching. We would like to invite everyone - be they within the summit’s usual age bracket or be they older - to a fringe event of the summit: an Evening of Inspiration and conversation to be led by our guest speaker, the internationally recognised sustainable living visionary, Tim “Mac” Macartney.

Mac founded Embercombe - a centre that champions a new way of living and inspires people to contribute energetically towards the emergence of a socially just, environmentally sustainable and spiritually fulfilling human presence on earth. Mac will explore the stories from the climate conference and lead a conversation on how we can support young people in developing this agenda.

Jamie Colston, Facilitator for Green Vision and Jenny Mackewn will the begin conversations about the future of Green Vision and the Youth Climate Summit. We will also be inviting questions about where we as a community could take this project in the future.

We are inviting parents, governors, teachers, school leadership teams and people who support young people in their journeys. By creating a synergy between the Climate Summits agenda, the young people, and you, we hope to develop momentum and commitment that leads to positive change.

To view the full, formal invitation to this event click here [pdf].

If you have any queries or would like to book a place please contact Jamie Colston at jamie@greenvisionmovement.org or call 07909 442 006. For more information about the Youth Climate Summit please see www.greenvisionmovement.org/youthsummit. Further information about Embercombe can be found at www.embercombe.co.uk.

The Bath and North East Somerset Youth Climate Summit 2012 is fast approaching and it’s time to present our opportunities for you to get involved in its running and organisation. The information is available in full here. We particularly recommend you check out the opportunities to participate in our Facilitative Leadership Training (pdf).

Facilitators

In the weeks preceding the summit, we will be training up to 32 young people in facilitation and leadership skills. The one day Facilitative Leadership course will give participants practical skills and an understanding of World Café and Open Space facilitation methods. These skills are used around the world by business consultants, leaders, community  engagement specialists and conveners of conversations that matter. Those taking part in this training will then facilitate discussions at the summit, helping attendees engage with and reflect on the topics raised by our speakers and workshop leader. More information on the facilitative leadership training is available here.

People’s Kitchen team

During the two day summit, we will cook 280 meals using in-date supermarket waste food. We aim to give 12 young people the opportunity to get involved practically from finding the food, creating a menu, cooking, and creating a setting for serving beautiful food. We will enable the young people to gain a Level 2 Food Safety qualification and hope that in experiencing this unique opportunity that they will take this idea back in to their schools with support from the Green Vision People’s Kitchen team. This initiative will be led by a professional chef.

Co-Designers

Although much of this work has already been completed, the opportunity to participate in a working group choosing the speakers and workshop leaders, designing the two day event and then facilitating the conversations that begin there and may continue inside and outside of school for some time. You will be supported by Green Vision’s facilitator and trained in facilitative leadership skills, event design and organisation. This opportunity has given last year’s co-designers confidence, leadership and project development skills and increased their potential for future employment.

If you are interested in becoming involved in either of these opportunities then please contact Jamie Colston on jamie@greenvisionmovement.org or 07909 442006.

We’ve just released information about the 5th Bath and North East Somerset Youth Summit, which Green Vision will host in October.

An international movement for change is growing and young people are at the heart of it. Everywhere people are looking for a new generation of leaders to protect and restore our natural habitat and facilitate peace, fairness, equality and a creative economy that asks what we can do to make the world a better place for all.

This is the fifth Youth Climate Summit to be held in B&NES. For the first time it will be hosted by Kingswood School in Bath who have generously donated use of their premises. Green Vision will build on last year’s inspiring summit, hearing voices from around the world on how people, young and older are empowering themselves and enabling change to create a socially, economically and environmentally just world.

You can view information on the summit here.

If you’re a young person interested in getting involved in organising and running the summit, there’s information available here.

Information about last year’s amazing summit is available here.

If you’re dead keen already and want to get a teacher to book places for your school, you can download a booking form here.

Earlier this month Green Vision headed over to Southstoke for our ‘Vision Day’. We were joined by our newly recruited mentor-directors: Gavin, Janine and Steve.

We spend the day in the beautiful yurt pictured above, designing our strategy for the next year. We developed a plan of action for our bike-powered cinema project (now dubbed ‘Wheels for Change’) and mapped out the various groups of people that Green Vision had to engage with. Hopefully it will allow us to think a lot more strategically about our plans for the future!

Keep an eye on our website for updates about Wheels for Change - we’ll be launching it very shortly!

Green Vision will have a stall at Penny Farthing Festival, taking place in Bath on 5th May, a fully bicycle-powered festival! Lots of top bands will be playing at the event, which is put on by students from Bath Spa University and supported by several local businesses.

Green Vision will be talking to attendees about everything we do, but especially our new cycle-powered cinema project. The new project, details of which will soon be announced, will see a team of young people trained to build a bicycle generator which will be used to put on events in and around Bath. This project will involve raising £12000 to fund training and equipment, and we’ll see if Penny Farthing Festival can provide our first few donations!

For more information on Penny Farthing Festival, click here. It takes place between 3pm and 11pm on Saturday 5th May at Bath Pavilion. Tickets cost £3 for those under 13, £8 for students and those aged 14 - 18 and £10 for those over 18.