Climate Action – how students took on the County Council

Back in April our SU Green Team society President, Yolande Boosye was invited to Gloucestershire’s first climate summit to be the voice of youth and discuss the development of a new strategy for the county to tackle climate change.

Since then Green Team have been invited to give a number of further talks to council and business leaders in the region, and last month it was Molly’s turn to present (these slides) to the commissioning team at Gloucestershire County Council.

Here’s how she got on…

“In entering the Shire Hall, I looked around to see a large group of around a hundred professionals sat listening to the first presentation led by Director of Corporate Resources, and I felt instantly out of my depth! I wondered if my presence, and my upcoming speech, was totally out of place and would fall on dead ears. However, as the meeting progressed to the presentation before mine, led by Pete Wiggins on ‘Responding to Climate Change’ I could feel my nerves settle as I could sense the engagement from the audience.

I reminded myself of the importance and privilege to be able to represent a youth’s perspective on the climate emergency at such a crucial time.

However daunting it was, delivering the speech was empowering, and I tried my best to deliver the passion of the youth on the climate action that is needed, although I was not sure of what the response would be from the other attendees.

When the speech came to an end, I received a huge round of applause, a big hug from one of the organisers, followed by another round of applause!

It felt amazing to know that our message had really been listened to, and that the youth can have our say, and do our bit to make a difference.

It led to the opportunity to network further, sharing emails with several members of the council as well as taking photos for the Gloucestershire County Council’s social media, and already there has been mentions of requests to deliver the speech again. I feel inspired by the positive response, and will encourage any other person, no matter what age, to grasp the opportunity to speak up and act out, in any way, big or small, for what they believe in.”

Molly Ames – 3rd year Ecology and Environmental Science student

Check out some of the amazing feedback on Molly’s speech!

“Molly’s presentation – it was outstanding. I hope elected members hear this, not just at the county council but at the district level. As someone not quite young enough to be on the youth panel.. I’d really like to hear about ways we can support the efforts of both the youth panel and the Green Team.”

“[The best bit was the] Climate Change presentation by the University of Gloucestershire student – it was credible and so inspirational”

“[The best bit was] the presentation from Molly. She spoke with real passion, she gave us a lot to think about and she has inspired me to continue with what I am already doing to limit my impact on the environment and to think hard about what else I can do in various aspects of my life e.g. thinking more carefully before acquiring more ‘things’ – do we really need them?, re-using more and making smarter choices when I do buy.”

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