Two Bristol University students will be taking a trip of a lifetime to the Amazon Rainforest after winning npower’s Future Leaders competition, challenging students to create a project on campus which has a positive environmental impact and a lasting legacy.
The intrepid group will visit the world’s largest rainforest to help the Kaxinawá tribe install renewable technology such as solar energy panels and water pumps in this remote location. The winners will experience first-hand the importance of living a more sustainable life, interacting with the tribes and learning how climate change is directly impacting them.
Oyinda Bamgbose and Maddy Tee from the University of Bristol found out that they had won the competition at a ceremony at npower’s Rainton offices in the North East attended by RWE npower's SME Director, Jason Scagell, Director of Corporate Responsibility, Anita Longley and Sustainability Manager, Dave Horton.
The npower competition, which launched in May, involved teams of students from universities across the UK, who each had to run a green sustainability project around their university areas. All teams had to produce films of their campaign from start to finish and submit to npower’s judging panel, who ultimately judged the best team as winners of this prestigious prize, along with a summer internship at npower where they can gain work experience across many different business areas and understand the dynamic energy industry.
The Bristol ‘Go Topless’ team created a project which challenged students and local businesses to reduce the use of disposable promotional t-shirts. The project has been successful and had a positive impact on ten local schools and ten universities across the UK. This impressed the judges who recognised the positive difference they have made to their local community.
Heading off to the Amazon with the Bristol Team will be seven other university students from the University of East Anglia and Edinburgh who all created individual sustainability projects, ranging from a project which allows students to use solar panelled chargers to educating local school children about the values of environmental sustainability.