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Climate Leaders Week

Climate Leaders: Eco-Action Week
Tuesday 16 - Friday 19 July, 2024

This is a unique opportunity to learn about the ecology of Epping Forest, get a nationally recognised Carbon Literacy accreditation and develop climate leadership skills. The course is packed with in-depth sustainability knowledge, practical conservation methods and skills for enabling you and others to create positive change.

One night of the course is a residential stay in The Hive camping pods; this includes vegetarian/vegan meals, campfire activities and time to socialise with like-minded peers.

Over the four days you will also hear from people in a variety of green careers and take part in a group project on a real-world climate action challenge. 

Tuesday 16 - Friday 19 July. 2024: 10am - 4pm
If you are unable to make all of the dates but are keen to attend please email poppy.flint@walthamforest.go.vuk and we'll work out if it is possible for you to join.

Day 1: Waltham Forest Town Hall, Forest Road 
Day 2 and 3: The Hive + overnight residential  
The Hive, Church Road, Loughton, Essex, IG10 4AJ (the group will walk to The Hive from Chingford, luggage will be transported via minibus. Please let us know if you require any accessibility support)  
Day 4: Waltham Forest Town Hall, Forest Road

Who it is for
Young people aged 16-21 years
For people living / studying in the borough of Waltham Forest - £10 to cover Carbon Literacy certification

For people living / studying outside of the borough of Waltham Forest - £70 towards the cost of the tuition, residential night and Carbon Literacy certification
How to sign up:
1. Complete this form to apply to the programme.
2. By mid June you will be sent a booking form including a payment link to secure your place 

Read a blog from one of the participants on the 2023 course.

  • Are you considering a green career?

  • Do you want to know more about the climate and ecological emergency?

  • Would you like hands on experience exploring the ecology of Epping Forest?

  • Do you want to turn your passion and knowledge into positive action?

Register your interest in the July 2024 Climate Leaders Week

It definitely opens your eyes about the whole 'climate change' giving you an optimistic look for the future.

Climate Leaders Week 2022 participant

What the Eco-Action Week covers:

  • Carbon Literacy Training – Developed by the Manchester Metropolitan University and The Carbon Literacy Project. Topics include climate change science, carbon footprints, a zero-carbon world, and action you can take. By the end you will receive an accredited certificate showing future schools, universities, and employers you are carbon literate.
  • Leading Change for the Climate – The course leaders and project managers from the council’s Climate Emergency team will support you to design and develop a plan for a realistic climate action intervention. You will strengthen your research and communication skills and gain an in-depth understanding of how to go about making practical and behavioural changes in your community.  
  • Ecology techniques – The climate crisis will continue to alter the ecosystem of habitats across the world. Learn key ecological surveying techniques and skills that are used in careers across the environmental sector for monitoring the state of our natural environment. 
  • Learn from experts in different sectors – Each day will be led by experts from environmental education, conservation, political ecology. There will also be opportunities to learn more about green job options and how to take the next steps in your green career.  

If you have any questions, please email