Climate College Students– re-living 2006
05 Jan 2007
As the new cohort of students enrol at Ben ands Jerry’s Climate ChangeCollege, some of last years Climateers share their favouriteexperiences and encourage us all to get involved in tackling climatechange.
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The whole experience with Climate Change College has beenincredible. It was clear, very early on, that this is not youraverage, corporate, social responsibility scheme ñ from the highcalibre speakers, who spoke to us in London, to the once in alifetime’ opportunity to work alongside climate scientists onGreenland’s ice cap. It has also been great to get out there’ and talkabout the experience.
I am really proud of the people we have signed up at all the variousevents across the UK. I hope our contribution has made a difference andthat, in our own small way, we have reached some of the people who canhelp to solve the climate change problem. I am undoubtedly moreskilled, thanks to my work with the college, and although the newintake of students is now on its way, the work I have done so far hasmade me all the more determined to keep campaigning.
It is hard to believe that our time as students of the Climate ChangeCollege is coming to an end already, but what a year it has been! LastNovember, Ben, Hayley and I were unexpectedly thrown together at theRotterdam selection weekend; sharing a tepee, cooking our own food onan open fire and lamenting our lack of fitness at the end of an earlymorning run. Twelve months on, we have shaken hands with Al Gore, spentone week camping on the Greenland Ice Cap, and learnt more about eachother and ourselves than we ever thought was possible. Now, we are allcaught up in our own campaigns; speaking at events, doing mediainterviews and signing up people to the Stop Climate Chaos pledgealmost every day. I am in no doubt that my experience with the collegehelped me get my current job as Stop Climate Chaos Scotlandco-ordinator. Huge thanks to everyone we have met along the way;climate change doesn’t stand a chance against such a great team!
Applications for this year’s Climate Change College have now closed butyou can keep up to date with the new cohort of Climateers by visitingthe website. You can also get involved by becoming an e-campaignerthrough the sign-up page.
Positive Youth News would like to take this opportunity to wish all theClimate Change College Graduates the best of luck in their futurecampaigns.
Above: Ruth, Ben and Hayley 2005/6 Climate Change College Graduates
Photo: © Ruth Cameron/ Climate Change College
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