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IKEA x Let’s Go Zero

£1.5k eco prizes up for grabs in short film competition for schools
Katie Hill - Editor-in-Chief, My Green Pod
The opening ceremony at Christ the King Sixth Form, which won a dedicated Eco Hub in the IKEA x Let’s Go Zero competition in 2022

Main image: The opening ceremony at Christ the King Sixth Form, which won a dedicated Eco Hub in the IKEA x Let’s Go Zero competition in 2022

The IKEA x Let’s Go Zero competition is giving schools the chance to kickstart a brilliant green project that cuts waste and brings climate learning to life.

To be in with a chance of winning, pupils and teachers need to create a film about their sustainable work at their school, to inspire students and the wider community to care for the environment.

Four winning schools will each choose one of three sustainability product bundles worth £1,500: materials to create a swap shop, an outdoor learning area or a sustainability hub that makes an indoor space for learning about climate issues.

How to take part

To take part, pupils need to don their directors’ caps and make a short film about their school’s sustainability plans.

Pupils can show the hard work they’ve already carried out to green their school, enthuse about the students who will benefit from the space and excite judges about how the prize will bring positive change to the community. 

The short video (no more than one minute 30 seconds) should feature pupils and teachers and showcase their brilliant eco efforts, explaining why they should win the competition and which bundle would make the most difference to their school.

Applications for this fantastic prize open today (Monday 08 January 2024) and close on Monday 19 February 2024.

Zero-carbon schools

The IKEA X Let’s Go Zero school competition is part of wider work to drive change across communities and help schools become more resilient to climate change.

It acknowledges the vital role of children in protecting the planet, and underscores how schools can play an important part in educating future generations to make sustainable, healthy choices in their lives. 

The competition also supports the Let’s Go Zero’s ambition to help all 32,000 schools in the UK reach zero carbon by 2030.

‘This project will bring inspiring ideas and spaces to life to help young people learn about our environment and develop sustainable behaviours. I’m really looking forward to seeing this year’s IKEA x Let’s Go Zero competition winners and the impact their projects will have bringing climate action into their schools.’

Head of Let’s Go Zero

Inspiring a zero-carbon future

With 42% of all UK households home to school-aged children, the classroom is a natural place to inspire change across communities for the next generation.

Both schools and children play a critical role in helping the UK cut carbon emissions, building on the existing energy and passion of the next generation to be more climate conscious and make beneficial changes.

The IKEA x Let’s Go Zero Competition allows schools to lead by example and inspire others to be a part of the UK’s zero carbon transformation. 

‘The IKEA vision is to create a better everyday life for many people. Climate change threatens this, for people today and for generations to come.’

IKEA UK and Ireland Country Sustainability Manager

Click here to find out more about the Let’s Go Zero campaign, sign your school up for free sustainability advice, get help with funding and see information about previous winners.

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