The National Youth Agency’s Our Bright Future project is called The Environment Now.  It is run in partnership with O2 Think Big and supports young people aged 17 – 24 to develop sustainable solutions to pressing environmental challenges.

The Environment Now, an exciting opportunity from O2’s Think Big in partnership with the National Youth Agency, brings together O2’s digital expertise and environmental leadership with the NYA’s commitment to championing youth work.  The programme provides support and funding for young people aged 17-24 years to create  unique digital ideas to help the environment, such as improving energy efficiency, reducing waste, or recycling.

The Environment Now is receiving around £1million through Our Bright Future to help young people step up and create what is rightfully theirs: a healthy planet, a thriving economy and a better future.

Building on 5 years’ experience of providing grants, training and support to enable young people to lead positive social change on the Think Big programme, The Environment Now is providing up to £10k together with training and wrap around support for 50 young people to develop their ideas, confidence and skills to become sustainability leaders of the future.

Take a look at the Go Think Big website for more details.

The Projects

We’re funding some amazing green tech projects under The Environment Now.



LettUs Grow is on a mission to reduce food waste around the world. It aims to bring affordable food growing to the modern city using an innovative aeroponic technology which helps reduce food waste to grow the freshest food possible. This soil-free automated way of gardening is currently in the testing stages.


Pipes Away! is a virtual reality experience developed by Victoria which allows users to fully immerse themselves into the pipes of their sewers. Through an interactive game it will raise awareness of sewerage pollution, flooding and the danger posed to marine life by unflushables.

Read more on the projects we’re funding by looking at our grant announcements here and here.



Our Bright Future

The Environment Now is part of Our Bright Future, a £33 million programme funded by the Big Lottery Fund and run by a consortium of eight organisations which is led by The Wildlife Trusts.

Our Bright Future aims to tackle three big challenges facing society today – a lack of social cohesion, a lack of opportunities for young people and vulnerability to climate change. Thirty one youth-led projects across the UK are each receiving around £1m of funding to give young people the skills and knowledge to improve their local environments – from reducing marine pollution to minimising food waste.

This young, ambitious and capable movement is ensuring this generation’s voice is heard in the current debates around environmental improvements and a resource-efficient economy.

See our launch press release.

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates on how to get involved.


48.8% of young people worldwide said that climate change and the destruction of nature was the most critical issue in 2017 #ShapersSurvey
#TheEnvironmentNow gives yp the opp to be leaders and take action on this issue.

Happy #EarthDay! Let's #EndPlasticPollution with & for yp!

Our pleasure. We need the whole sector to get behind @natyouthagency #backnya

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