Four students from the University of Bristol have won a prestigious, once-in-a-life time competition to accompany British explorer Robert Swan and his team from 2041 to see first-hand the effects of climate change on the South Pole.
The npower competition, which launched in September, involved teams of students from ten universities across the UK, who each had to run a local green project around their University or local community.
The winning Bristol team came up with a project called ‘Turn Off Bristol’ – which involved running free, green buses for students to encourage them to think more carefully about their carbon footprint and reduce the number of students driving to University.
Tom Bowcock, from the Bristol team, commented, “Loads of students drive into Bristol every day and we wanted to do something to change this behaviour and get people to make personal pledges. We hope that our project will now mean students think twice before jumping in the car. We’re over the moon to have won the competition – and I can’t believe we’re all going to go to Antarctica in March!”
Clare McDougall, npower’s head of education programmes said, “I would like to congratulate the team from Bristol University. We developed the npower Future Leaders Challenge to find graduates with passion and drive - and I believe we have unearthed real climate change champions in this competition.”
npower is dedicated to empowering young people through its Brighter Futures education programme, which aims to inspire young people from their first day at school to their first day at work. npower constantly engages with Universities across the UK looking for the brightest minds to join the business and has appeared in The Times top 100 employer for the last three years.