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Start the Switch (AYCC)

The Problem

Young people can be apathetic when it comes to environmental issues, while others are enthusiastic about making change but feel powerless to do so. Underlying everything is the wider problem of climate change, which many young people do feel passionate about, while political leaders are reluctant to take decisive action on.

The Solution

The AYCC's Start the Switch program helps students set up a group in their school to run a number of sustainability projects. These can range from mobile phone recycling, to creating a vegetable patch, to holding a fundraising event to raise money for solar panels. This promotes a positive attitude towards the environment and sustainability while making tangible change, rather than just learning about these issues in a classroom. This program also fits into the AYCC's wider aim of creating a generation-wide movement to solve the climate crisis before it's too late. I myself am a volunteer with the AYCC and mentor a couple of these groups!

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