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Project information

Green Movies By Young People for Young People

To create two educational videos on 'Waste and recycling' and 'Rainforests' for our 'made by young people for young people' series. The films will be incorporated into YPTE's online educational resources, enabling teachers and young people to find out about environment and sustainability issues.

3 months

Charity information: Young People's Trust For The Environment (YPTE)

Young People's Trust For The Environment (YPTE) logo
  • Need


    In order to build a more sustainable future for our world, it is vital that today's young people are educated about environmental issues. If we can inspire them to care about their environment and equip them to take action to protect it, they are more likely to embrace a sustainable way of life.

    At Key Stage 3 it is no longer a requirement for teachers to teach sustainability, meaning that some students receive little or no teaching on vital environmental issues.


    YPTE's educational films give teachers and young people the opportunity to find out about important environmental issues in a visual and entertaining way. They are written, performed, filmed and edited by young people, ensuring that they appeal to and are well understood by other young people.

    The films can be used by teachers in a classroom setting, enabling them to feel more confident about teaching sustainability issues. They can also be watched by young people and adults around the world.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To produce, with students from Explorium, two high quality short environmental education films.


    » Explorium identify students to take part.
    » YPTE meets students to deliver briefings on 'Waste and recycling' and 'Rainforests', discuss key facts to be included and answer students' questions.
    » With support from Explorium, students write scripts, shoot and edit films and present to YPTE for critique and approval.
    » YPTE uploads films and promotes them via website and social media. All donors to the films can be credited in the end titles on request.

    What success will look like

    Through audience feedback - number of views of the films, viewers' comments.

    Aim 2

    Provide young people with the opportunity to make a film for a real-life application.


    » Young people learn the skills required to write, perform, shoot and edit a short film, whilst learning about important environmental issues.

    What success will look like

    Young people provide feedback on their experience using feedback forms and informal discussion with Explorium and YPTE.

    Aim 3

    Young people and teachers able to access high quality video content for environmental education.


    » Videos included in lessons about 'Waste and recycling' and 'Rainforests' and viewed at home by young people and adults.

    What success will look like

    Through audience feedback - number of views of the films, viewers' comments etc.

  • Impact


    Improved knowledge of young people about environmental issues - demonstrated by number of views of films and viewers' comments.
    More teachers confidently delivering lessons on the topics supported by the films.
    More young people actively engaged in living more sustainable lives.


    Not enough money raised to cover full costs of making two films - in this situation only one film or no film would be made.
    Quality of films insufficient - many procedures in place to ensure this cannot happen e.g. detailed briefing for students on what is required, expert guidance from Explorium and YPTE, final approval by YPTE prior to final delivery.


    YPTE will inform donors when films are available to view online and will report on their success 6 and 12 months after their release.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £1,400

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      Amount Heading Description
      £600 Explorium Recruiting students, providing equipment and creating two films
      £600 YPTE Input Briefing students on content, ensuring final quality of finished product, hosting films online
      £200 Promotion Promotion by social media
  • Background


    YPTE and Explorium are based in Somerset, England.


    Young people around the world
    Teachers around the world
    The young film-makers involved
    The general public
    The environment

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    YPTE's website is a leading source of environmental information and educational materials including fact sheets, lesson plans, videos, publications and games. In 2016 almost a million people visited the site, downloading 2.25 million pages of information. Our first 'made by young people for young people' film, 'Holiday of a Lifetime' has received thousands of views on YouTube and Facebook and highlighted the Great Pacific Garbage Patch - it can be seen here

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Peter Littlewood (YPTE)

    Briefing young film-makers, quality controlling films, promoting on social media.

    Julia Black (Explorium)

    Guiding young people, helping with content and technical knowledge.

    Young Film-Makers

    Making the films!