A countrywide competition with a £1 million prize has been launched in a bid to encourage new carbon-cutting initiatives.

Communities and groups all over Britain can enter the Big Green Challenge organised by NESTA (the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts).

To enter, you need to develop and implement a new approach that will cut C02 emissions in your ‘community’ by 60%.
A number of celebrities are supporting the challenge, including TV’s Property Ladder host, Sarah Beeny. She says: “We all need to take responsibility for the environment and coming together as groups and communities to find ways to tackle climate change on a larger scale will really make a difference.”

NESTA believes there are plenty of people who have good ideas to tackle climate change and just need encouragement to work together and turn their ideas in action.

And it hopes that successful initiatives from the competition will be copied across the UK and help to achieve significant reductions in emissions.

It is working with partners including UnLtd (an organisation that encourages social entrepreneurs) to offer advice and encouragement to applicants and it will also be giving practical support and some funding to the 10 finalists.

Applicants to the competition need to be formal not-for-profit organisations, but NESTA says you can enter the challenge while this is being sorted out.

Projects need to be a community effort but the definition of community can include those with shared leisure or work interests, groups of a particular faith or culture and they can be local or spread across a wider area.

There is advice about eligibility on the challenge website as well as FAQs and information on how to enter. The closing date for entries is February 29 but you do not need to have detailed plans by then. If your project is chosen from first stage entries, you will be asked to draw up detailed proposals by late spring.

You can find out more at

And you can watch the launch event for the challenge here:




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