Our Youth Panel The Youth Panel represents people across the country on important environmental and social issues, and helps to shape GAP's new mission to tackle our throwaway culture and demand more action and progress towards a truly circular economy. Meet the Youth Panel Alice Fathers Alice is a second year Modern European Studies student at the University of Nottingham. She is on the panel because she cares deeply about providing solutions to the social and environmental issues created by the throw away society we live in. She wants to work with other young people to bring about positive change. Global Action Plan’s mission takes a look at the value experiences - rather than things - can bring. What does Alice like doing in her free time? She likes being outdoors, photography, travelling and learning foreign languages. What inspires Alice about Global Action Plan’s mission? It is spreading the message of owning less and thereby living more. Annie Osborne Annie is a Programme Officer at climate change charity Climate Parliament in Brighton, which works to promote renewable energy policy across the world. She graduated from Durham University in Physical Geography in 2016. Whilst at university, she was the Environment Representative for her college. After graduating she become Project Management and Communications Intern, then Intern Manager at Positive Impact Events in Manchester, helping bring sustainability to the event industry. She has also worked at Buxton Festival Fringe, and co-founded a small theatre company. Global Action Plan’s mission takes a look at the value experiences - rather than things - can bring. What does Annie like doing in her free time? Annie loves going to music festivals and gigs or hanging out with her puppy What inspires Annie about Global Action Plan's mission? Annie is motivated to combat climate change in creative ways, and tackling excessive consumption is a really important part of this. Carys Tetlaw Since school, Carys has championed environmental awareness. She was involved in running gardening sessions and a Swap Shop. More recently, she has worked with Leeds Council to improve student recycle rates and volunteered at an Environmental Film Festival! Carys studies Sustainability at the University of Leeds, and is due to graduate in 2018 with an integrated masters.She is particularly interested in how sustainability can be integrated into business strategy. She studied at the Australian National University for a year and interned at an ethical pension fund. This cemented her interest in sustainable businesses and corporate social responsibility. Global Action Plan's mission takes a look at the value experiences - rather than things - can bring. What does Carys like doing in her free time? Carys is always planning her next trip abroad - usually to try her favourite food! What inspires Carys about Global Action Plan's mission? We can inspire young people to end excessive consumerism and hold businesses accountable for their environmental impact! Dexter Lee Dexter is currently studying for a MSc in Environmental Economics and Climate Change at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Dexter wants to practically translate his knowledge into tangible results through the work of the Youth Panel. After an internship at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, he is particularly interested in energy policy, and the government’s role in decarbonising the UK’s energy system. Additionally, Dexter grew up in the Welsh Valleys, therefore naturally has a fondness for green space, and illuminating its importance for wellbeing. Global Action Plan’s mission takes a look at the value experiences - rather than things - can bring. What does Dexter like doing in his free time? Dexter enjoys watching countless hours of film, live comedy and running (contingent on the weather!). What inspires Dexter about Global Action Plan’s mission? Dexter finds it fascinating how ‘nudging’ people’s decision-making can result in such profound impacts for the future climate. Emma Thomson My name is Emma and I am currently studying for an MSc in Global Environment, Politics, and Society at the University of Edinburgh. The relationship between people and the planet is fascinating to me, and ensuring that we as a society live in the most sustainable way possible in order to protect the environment is one of my biggest passions, be it through promoting environmental awareness to buying clothes from charity shops. Being able to work towards these goals and promote them on a wider scale through my role on the panel is a wonderful opportunity - and something I am really excited about! Global Action Plan’s mission takes a look at the value experiences - rather than things - can bring. What does Emma like doing in her free time? In my free time I love volunteering, and spending as much time surrounded by nature as possible! What inspires Emma about Global Action Plan’s mission?Global Action Plan's mission to tackle the throw away culture is essential if we are to promote happiness within society, and preserve the planet for years to come - both of which are hugely important and inspiring to me! Gabriela Kosmaczewska Gabriela is on the Youth Panel, as she would like to reverse the self-perpetuating cycle of fast and disposable consumerism that young people are instructed to follow with current advertising strategies. Why? Because changing this mentality to focus more on communal well-being benefits everyone. As well as being part of Global Action Plan's Youth Panel, Gabriela works for a children's charity in Westminster as Social Media Coordinator, and as a Guest Experience Executive for a Host Management Company. Both jobs need clear and informative communication to their clients and thus, she has the qualities needed to communicate environmental ideas effectively to young people. Global Action Plan’s mission takes a look at the value experiences - rather than things - can bring. What does Gabriela like doing in her free time?Gabriela enjoys seeing friends for coffee, fundraising and dancing to techno, but perhaps not all at the same time. What inspires Gabriela about Global Action Plan’s mission? GAP's focus on running environmental behavioural change campaigns offers a rare opportunity to make a positive difference by helping them develop a more responsible relationship with 'stuff'. Grainne Martin I’m studying environmental science at the university of Edinburgh In my gap year I have been part of a group setting up an environmental education programme for children in Morocco as part of Merit360. I’m also the local media co-ordinator for my local Greenpeace group; managing press releases and the social media accounts. But my real passion is educating other young people about climate change, so volunteer with the girl guides, the RSPB and a lottery funded programme called Our Bright Future. Global Action Plan’s mission takes a look at the value experiences - rather than things - can bring. What does Grainne like doing in her free time? In my spare time I can be found walking the dogs and listening to too many podcasts (I’m subscribed to 50!) What inspires Grainne about Global Action Plan’s mission? I’m inspired by GAP’s mission because reducing the amount of stuff we have is something that can make you so much happier and help the environment at the same time! Greg Morrison Completing a degree in English Literature fostered my love of progressive ideas. My current role working across editorial and digital projects at a London-based creative agency centres around communication; using editorial, photographic and digital skillsets to tell complex stories effectively. My interests have previously been focussed on the arts. However, recently the dire situation that faces our planet due to mankind’s short-sighted use of our limited resources have begun to overshadow this focus. As the urgency of our environmental situation becomes clear, recently discovered ideas such as the concept of gentle protest provide me with optimism that positive change can be made and I hope that my involvement with Global Action Plan will help contribute to making this change happen. Laurence Taylor I'm Laurence from East London, and I recently graduated from Queen Mary University of London with a Bachelor of Science in Geography. I currently work on the fraud team of a tech company, which involves the prevention of credit card fraud and money laundering. My broad interests are the environment, technology, and politics, and I joined GAP's youth panel because it seemed like a great way to make a collective difference. Global Action Plan’s mission takes a look at the value experiences - rather than things - can bring. What does Laurence like doing in his free time? In my spare time I enjoy reading and designing things. What inspires Laurence about Global Action Plan’s mission? The thing that inspires me most about GAP's mission is its potential to help tackle mental health issues. Shayne Tshabalala Shayne here, currently reading International Studies & Economics at the University of Buckingham.I am the current president of the Buckingham Debate & Speaking Union where I facilitate student debates and key note speeches by renowned speakers on the pressing issues of the day such as Brexit & Climate Change. I am an avid researcher and enjoy talking to young people about the issues and finding out what they're views are. I recently served as a young research representative for the Department of Culture Media and Sport were myself and exceptional team of reps spoke to young people up and down the country through focus groups and interviews about the state of Youth Services . I also serve on youth boards for Youth Employment Uk as well as UK Youth Voice where I have developed an interest in the Environment Climate Change and Global development. The Global Action Plan have afforded me the opportunity, the networks and platform to address the issue of excessive consumption, its effect on our environment and the chance to come up with solutions to counter the negative outcomes. I am honoured to be on board and look forward to serving and making my contribution. Global Action Plan’s mission takes a look at the value experiences - rather than things - can bring. What does Shayne like doing in his free time? In my free time I work on music , I collaborate with other artists and write and sing original songs. What inspires Shayne about Global Action Plan’s mission? I am keen to bring awareness to how climate change has a disproportionate negative impact on countries that contribute the least to carbon emissions but are simultaneously the least developed or still developing economies. The Global Action Plan and its mission inspire me to do more research and campaign to bring more attention to this interpretation. Sophie Burgis Sophie is a Philanthropy Officer at the British Red Cross and just another Aussie living in London. She is also currently studying Economics part time at Birkbeck and is particularly interested in how economics can adapt to the challenge of planetary emergency. While mega trends such as climate change, population growth and resource depletion freak her out a bit, she also thinks that they present business leaders with opportunities to disrupt markets and innovate in ways that can benefit their bottom line and change the world for the better. Sophie is an avid cyclist and can often be seen struggling to ride her bike to work in smart business attire rain, hail or shine. Global Action Plan's mission takes a look at the value experiences - rather than things - can bring. What does Sophie like doing in her free time? In her spare-time Sophie enjoys playing sport of all kinds, travelling as much as possible, and staying up late cooking elaborate dinners. What inspires Sophie about Global Action Plan's mission? Helping young people to forge a future where experiences transcend ‘stuff’ and sustainability is no longer a ‘buzz word’ or a ‘major concern’, but simply part of the fabric of society’s makeup. Sylvia Hayes Sylvia is a student in her second year at the University of Exeter. Studying Human Geography has given her a deep understanding of society’s unhealthy relationship with the planet, but she is keen to take her knowledge out of the lecture hall and into the real world where it can make a difference. During her engagements with sustainability groups and organisations both within and outside of university, Sylvia found her calling in climate change and has since dedicated her studies and actions to tackling unsustainable ways of living. Honoured to be a part of the Youth Panel, she is ambitious and optimistic, determined to save the world and inspire others to do the same in the process. Global Action Plan’s mission takes a look at the value experiences - rather than things - can bring. What does Sylvia like doing in her free time? When she’s not buried deep in coursework reading, Sylvia can be found exploring Devon’s coastal villages and baking. What inspires Sylvia about Global Action Plan’s mission? The potential for monumental change when young people come together. Victoria Looby My name is Victoria Looby and I am 21, living in Leeds studying for my Masters in Climate Change. I joined the panel because I agree with their sentiment of promoting sustainability, in particular when we’re purchasing goods from the high street and supermarkets, and because I wanted to actively work towards ending excessive consumption and global inequalities that result from it. I was drawn to joining the panel because I wanted to discuss these ideas with other like-minded people to make an active difference. Global Action Plan’s mission takes a look at the value experiences - rather than things - can bring. What does Victoria like doing in her free time? In my free time I’m often backstage at my Uni’s theatre helping build set and rig lights for dance shows, musicals and plays. What inspires Victoria about Global Action Plan’s mission? I was inspired by GAP’s mission to actively help tackle our ‘throw-away’ culture because it’s a sustainability issue but also a mental health issue that affects young people which desperately needs to be addressed! If you think you fit the bill and would like to be a part of Global Action Plan's inaugural Youth Panel then keep an eye out for when we next recruit young people.