By Mary Jones 21st January 2020

At FSC we are looking forward to hosting the upcoming five-day-long Climate Change Ambassador course for students aged 16 upwards at our marine research centre, based at FSC Millport on the Isle of Cumbrae, helping to equip the next generation with the skills needed to fight the climate crisis.

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, helping them to secure them a job in the environmental sector.

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.

Alex MacFie, centre manager at Millport

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

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.

Alex MacFie, centre manager at Millport

Click for further information about the Climate Change Ambassador Course.

The FSC Millport Actinia boat ready for boarding
The FSC Millport Actinia Boat