Climate squad launched – 5 June 2009

A £1.5 million youth environment programme called Climate Squad was launched today by the Bank of America, Charitable Foundation, v– the National Young Volunteers Service and Global Action Plan. The squad will tackle climate issues that matter to young people, aiming to engage over 3,000 16-25 year olds in volunteering over the next two years in England.

The project will equip young people with the skills and confidence to develop initiatives on climate change in their local communities.

Bank of America are supporting Climate Squad as part of its $20 billion environmental programme.

Ian O’Doherty, President Europe Card Services at Bank of America said:

“This initiative will allow young people to have their say and make recommendations on a variety of things their communities can do to reduce its carbon footprint”.

According to a recent v poll of 1,225 young people conducted by YouGov, three quarters of young people think that it is very important for them as individuals to act to tackle climate change.

Trewin Restorick, CEO of Global Action Plan said:

“The Climate Squad will be a radically different environmental initiative. It will give young people the opportunity to create their own practical initiatives that will drive change in communities and politically”.

Find out more about Climate Squad