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Swindon’s youth tell world leaders what they want following COP26

The project is part of a collaboration between several local partners based in the GWR Carriage Works.

Young volunteers from Swindon Junior Street Reps have teamed up with University of Bath PhD students to release three films on what they want to see in Swindon and the UK to tackle global warming, following the COP26 conference in Glasgow.

The Junior Street Reps are a group of passionate young volunteers who work with Swindon Borough Council's adult Street Reps to improve the different parts of Swindon for all who live there. The teams chose to create films about how everyday people in Swindon, along with businesses and government could make a real difference to people’s lives in Swindon and beyond. For example, by changing how we grow local fresh food, how we travel around Swindon, and by reducing plastic waste.

The project is part of a collaboration between several local partners based in the GWR Carriage Works, as part of Swindon’s Festival of Tomorrow.

“The Carriage Works is fast becoming a centre of innovation in digital, heritage and clean growth.  The teams were trained and guided by media production social enterprise Create Studios and supported by the team behind the University of Bath’s Centre for Sustainable and Circular Technologies, which has opened its new innovation arm, the Innovation Centre for Applied Sustainable Technologies (iCAST), in Swindon,” said Rod Hebden, Director of New Elements, the organisation behind the Festival of Tomorrow.

“The teams of volunteers and students planned, researched and produced the films in just two days, and they pulled it off brilliantly!”

The reps worked with PhD students from the University of Bath’s Centre for Sustainable and Circular Technologies, who helped them access the latest research, as well as giving a national perspective of the issues which the young people cared about.

“Growing your own food at home really helps decrease the amount of food waste and plastic waste, so we are urging World leaders to consider providing incentives for people to grow their own food to reduce waste and improve taste,” explained Leana, one of the Swindon Junior Street Rep volunteers, who has a real passion for reconnecting people with how their food is grown.

“It was such a great experience, getting to meet the researchers and get to look inside the labs as the University of Bath, and record interviews with inspirational people from the Olive Tree Café, Recycling Technologies and Cllr Keith Williams, SBC Cabinet Member for Climate Change.”

The three films were posted on the Festival of Tomorrow website, and across social media, at the close of the COP26 conference on global warming, hosted by the UK, in Glasgow.

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