Throughout the day participants will have the opportunity to listen to talks, visit the exhibitor hall and take part in a range of interactive activities, including:
Your Business Future
Roll up, Roll up for the Future Food and Fashion awards! Teams of students engage their creative side, developing a fashion or food item of today into a product fit for 2025. Working with successful entrepreneurs the teams will future proof their product - overcoming shifting consumer trends, resource scarcity, increased regulations and anything else the changing climate may throw at them. They will enter the product into the Future Food and Fashion Awards, and vote for the most sustainable entry, in terms of people, planet and profit.
Overall, students will gain an understanding of how putting sustainability at the core of business can enable it to thrive long-term by driving down costs, opening up new markets through innovation, and enhancing reputations and brand value.
Your Innovative Future
In this Dragons’ Den-style workshop businesses will pitch contrasting innovations for which they were seeking funding. The ideas revolve around an innovation that contributes towards the principles of sustainable development, e.g. minimising use of raw materials and maximising access for all too essential resources. Teams of students, supported by a university student, go onto discuss and decide which innovation they would like to fund and how - up to £1,000,000 worth of funding, per team, can be secured through banks, the UK government and charitable trusts.
Overall, students will gain a greater understanding that some of the biggest challenges we face, including climate change, the search for sustainable energy, deteriorating infrastructure and the stresses of rapid population growth demands science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
Your Energy Future
Through this workshop, students will work in teams to decide how they can best improve the sustainability of a settlement’s energy use. They will investigate different forms of renewable energy, considering the cost and environmental impact of each. They will also consider the relative potential of different methods for reducing consumption, including both behaviour change and technical measures. Students will also be provided with opportunities to consider the types of job roles that may be relevant when it comes to discussing and implementing the range of possible solutions.
As a result of working through these challenges students will begin to understand that when making decisions we must consider a range of factors - environmental, social and financial - and that we need to implement a range of solutions as no single solution can work to solve all of the issues involved.
This workshop is delivered by Severn Wye Energy Agency's education team.
Your Future Voices
In this workshop, students will work in groups to represent a cross section of society. Each group will be provided with an outline of a draft Climate Action Plan, and briefings about their group’s views. They will each put forward their group’s perspectives and together, will negotiate and decide the priorities for an ambitious vision of what can be achieved in the local area, and nationally.
Overall students will gain an: understanding of the breadth of perspectives in civil society regarding our sustainable future; know-how for presenting information and points of view clearly and actively listen to others; and confidence to lead dialogue and put forward your own opinion.
This workshop is delivered by InterClimate Network and will tie in with their Climate Voices programme.