ERASMUS+ Youth Leader Mobility Scheme by Deborah Benham

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Newbold believes in a life sustaining society where we can thrive personally, co-exist in harmony, feel interconnected with the living system of the planet and therefore protect and conserve this for future generations. We believe in empowerment and positive leadership. Newbold believes that to build a more positive society we must empower leaders to face the challenges of today.

Reports from a wide range of Youth charities show that young people face unprecedented challenges in the modern world. Finding meaningful employment is increasingly difficult, and with record levels of unemployment and decreasing job security, many feel a sense of anxiety about the future. Collectively, young people will be the most affected by alarming global trends like climate change, environmental degradation, and social tensions based on culture, religion, or class. At the same time, it is our young people who have the most potential and often the most drive to contribute to a sustainable future.

We aim to harness and empower that potential through recently awarded ERASMUS+ funding. Newbold have been awarded 50,000 Euros by the ERASMUS+ Youth Leader Mobility scheme to run two fantastic 8 day trainings for Youth Leaders in August and September.

In the training participants will learn how to empower young people to identify and use their unique strengths and qualities, in service to themselves and their communities. This will enable them to develop more rewarding careers and take an active and positive role in their local communities.

deb_poppyBy Deborah Benhan

A PhD Marine biologist and animal behavior expert, Deborah is an environmental educator and sustainability designer working to support the emergence of regenerative culture and the recovery of healthy ecosystems through innovative design, stakeholder engagement, multidisciplinary education and deep nature connection.

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How community can save our planet

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At the Newbold Trust ‘We envision a world where people live in a life sustaining culture which supports the interconnected wellbeing of individuals, community and the Earth‘

Therefore our interest in the protection of our planet from the devastation caused by climate change is vital. COP21 saw Political Leaders, Climate scientists and Energy ministers negotiate on carbon accountability, carbon footprint reduction and importantly national targets to reduce carbon emissions and form a global treaty on climate change (now know as the Paris Agreement). 196 countries have committed to freeing up funding for action on climate change, starting a transition away from fossil fuels and prevent temperatures rising above 1.5oC (compared to pre-industrial levels)

It is vital that we remember our work is not done (nor has it just began). We alongside many others have been working towards a greener and most sustainable future for decades but now the political leaders are on board so the opportunity for a revolution comes now. The opportunity to work with one another and build a greener and more sustainable future is here.

Communities are at the forefront of change.                                                                         Environmentalists and activists will now take center stage as governments and communities align to start to build a low carbon future. The agreement is simply a framework for change but the agreement does not guarantee staying within 2oC of change (or more importantly 1.5oC). It is therefor imperative that we pave the way for a greener and sustainable future and hold government accountable to their pledges. Its important that we set an example by living low carbon lives and together we can create an example of how living in harmony with the planet is better for our economy and our community.

How we can collaborate and work together to create real change                                  The headlines speak of political victory but its people power that is impactful when it comes accountability for lowering emissions. There are many incredible organisations that work locally, regionally, nationally and internationally that bring together communities to offer low carbon solutions paving the way for a more environmentally friendly planet whilst empowering the communities that support them. Here is how you can get involved:

http://www.treehugger.com

https://avaaz.org/en/

http://www.edie.net/news/

http://www.theecologist.org

There are organisations who hold governments accountable for actions and are the collective voice of our communities and there are individuals who write, act, sing and create in raising awareness of the problems, solutions and opportunities in our transition to a greener and more sustainable planet.

http://www.foe.co.uk

http://350.org

http://www.stopclimatechaos.org

http://www.theclimatecoalition.org

http://www.campaigncc.org

http://www.greenpeace.org.uk


To find out about how we implement sustainable values at Newbold Click here – http://newboldtrust.org/sustainability-commitment/

To find out how you can help with our community and have hands on experience with sustainable living check out our volunteer and community guest programmes – Click Here http://newboldtrust.org/community-guest/ http://newboldtrust.org/volunteer-programmes/

 

Newbold supports climate action

The Newbold Trust is committed to the idea of building a culture of sustainability; both as a community and as a social enterprise. The importance of our connection to nature and the principles of sustainability hangs in the balance as the world is impacted by Climate Change.

COP21 in Paris is a chance to see global action with participating leaders from 190 countries attending the Paris convention. The Newbold community is showing their support for climate action with members attending a local Climate march standing in solidarity with the community and transition town Forres in demanding action to save our planet. The climate march is one of many across the world over the weekend.

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 You can find out the climate march by visiting:

https://transitiontownforres.wordpress.com

http://forresweb.net/event/climate-march-forres-high-street/?instance_id=945

http://www.stopclimatechaos.org

http://www.cop21paris.org

 

You can find out more about the Newbold Trust by visiting:

http://newboldtrust.org/sustainability-commitment/