Green energy company launches a search to find inspiring young environmentalists

Lucy Purdy

Green energy company Ecotricity has launched a search to find Young Green Britons – inspiring young people who are passionate about the environment

Secondary school pupils with ‘big ideas’ on energy, transport, food and nature are encouraged to enter Ecotricity’s Young Green Briton competition, now open for 2018. A winner in each category will be mentored by a well-known expert on the subject before presenting their ideas live on stage at Womad, a festival for world music that will take place in Malmesbury in July.

“The Young Green Briton Chat is a brilliant opportunity for young environmentalists to make their voices heard and put their vision across for a greener future,” said Will Guyatt from Ecotricity. “Previous entrants have gone on to great things so we can’t wait to see who enters this year.”

Previous entrants have gone on to great things so we can’t wait to see who enters this year

Energy, transport and food make up 80 per cent of our carbon emissions between them, said Guyatt, so Ecotricity has created a category for each, as well as recognising the importance of nature.

One of the competition’s previous winners, Findlay Wilde, has gone on to become a prominent environmental blogger and campaigner. Wilde, who is now 15, has since appeared in BBC Wildlife Magazine’s Wildlife Power List, been interviewed on TV programmes Springwatch and Newsround, and had a hen harrier named after him after working with the RSPB on the organisation’s Skydancer campaign.

To take part in Young Green Briton, each entrant must make a video of no more than three minutes that explains their ideas on how Britain could be greener in one of the four categories. Entries should be ‘as creative as possible’, said Guyatt, so could include a science experiment or a news report – “whatever works best to bring their idea to life”.


Entries can be sent to Ecotricity via this online form or by emailing [email protected]

The four winners will receive a weekend Womad festival pass for themselves and two adults. Entries close on 19 May. See here for full terms and conditions


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