Residential camp to teach students climate change skills

Outdoor education charity Field Studies Council (FSC) has launched a brand new residential course aimed with teaching young people the skills needed to fight the climate crisis.

The Field Studies Council (FSC) will host a five-day-long Climate Change Ambassador course for students aged 16 upwards at its marine research centre based at FSC Millport on the Isle of Cumbrae.

Starting on January 27, the newly-launched residential field trip will cover a range of environmental topics, get youngsters involved in individual projects and teach them how to write a CV which will secure them a job in the environmental sector.

Alex MacFie, centre manager at Millport, said: “Climate change is the single biggest challenge facing humanity in the 21st century and this camp has been curated to give young people the skills they need to move forward and make positive changes to their own behaviour as well as influence and inspire larger climate-positive, systemic changes in society.

The course is open to final year A-Level and AS students, undergraduates and post-graduates and young people working towards their Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Gold Award.

It has been designed to align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and comes as the DofE Award Scheme publishes its own ‘Experience List’ detailing 25 things teenagers in secondary schools should tick off before leaving school.

Number 25 on the list suggests teens should learn about climate change to help secure a sustainable future.

Alex said: “The timing of this course is absolutely perfect for those teens taking note of the experience list published by the DofE and working towards their Gold DofE award. It means they could get this one ticked off before the month is out leaving the rest of the year to focus on the other 24 experiences.

“We are also pleased to see that spending more time in nature features on the ‘Experience List’ for teenagers. There's no substitute for experiencing nature first hand. Connecting to nature does more than just help us understand the world we live in - it engages all our senses, captures our imagination and expands our horizons."