Education & Behaviour Change

It often feels like we’re waiting for major change to come top down. But don’t underestimate the power of a well informed public - this puts pressure on governments and businesses, and that drives change.

Environmentally-damaging habits are ingrained in modern life. We rely heavily on plastic, we’re addicted to fast fashion and it’s estimated that £13 billion of edible food is thrown away from homes every year. All this has become the norm.

A handful of incredible charities recognise the power of public opinion as well as the danger of a population disengaged with nature. By educating new generations of conservationists, and by challenging the status quo, these organisations are enabling systemic change among the mainstream.

4 Selected Charities

Tythe supports these Education & Behaviour Change charities, selected by analysts at Giving is Great because of their high impact.

Action for Conservation

Action for Conservation

·UK
actionforconservation.org

It's a scary thought - that if children and young people lose contact with nature, they are less likely to fight to protect it as they get older. It's this thought that drives the work of Action for Conservation, a UK charity that aims to empower young people to take action to protect the environment.

Through their residential conservation camps and WildED workshops run in schools, the charity set out to inspire, educate and reconnect children with the wonders of the natural world. But this is about more than just education and reconnection. It's about action, as children are encouraged to pitch ideas for, and initiate their own conservation projects.

Why we think they're great

This charity has foresight and that's unique. They see the seriousness of a world in which people aren't engaged with nature and they're acting on it while we still have time. Through a belief in young people to drive change, and by making workshops accessible to all kids, regardless of circumstance, they're creating a youth movement committed to conservation.

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ClientEarth

ClientEarth

·Global
clientearth.org

While the world is waking up to environmental issues, it often feels like governments and big corporations are dragging their heels and threatening progress. It's for this reason, ClientEarth was founded.

In their own words, these guys are focused on 'informing, implementing and enforcing environmental law' around the world. By exposing lawbreakers and holding governments to account, they've had a huge impact on issues such as forest protection and the acceleration of clean energy solutions.

A few of their victories include winning court cases on air pollution in the UK, fighting to have the hormone-disrupting chemical BPA listed as a harmful substance and designing the world's first illegal logging law.

Why we think they're great

We're big believers in individuals making a difference. But we also know that for change to happen on a planet-saving scale, we need the big guns on board too. ClientEarth has the expertise to change our system from within and that's why they're so impressive.

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Hubbub

Hubbub Foundation

·UK
hubbub.org.uk

Think about it - twenty years ago things like veganism, recycling and reusable coffee cups were considered pretty kooky. But over time, as we, the public, have become more environmentally aware, they've gone mainstream.

Hubbub is a group of self-professed 'doers' all about empowering the mainstream to change their habits for the sake of the environment. Through creative design and clever campaigns rolled out in collaboration with big businesses and local authorities, they're making a seismic shift in the way we live our lives. Standout projects include their cigarette butt ballot bins used to cut littering and their Pumpkin Rescue campaign encouraging us to think about food waste.

Why we think they're great

We love Hubbub for their creativity. Whether they're trying to tackle plastic pollution in our oceans, food waste or fast fashion, their campaigns are fun and attention-grabbing. It's their playfulness that gets the mainstream on board, and it's the mainstream that will have the biggest impact on saving our planet.

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Trees for Cities

Trees for Cities

·UK
treesforcities.org

Everyone knows trees are a tour de force in the fight against climate change. But whereas most tree planting initiatives focus on rural locations, Trees for Cities recognizes just how crucial trees are to our urban environments.

Beyond the obvious aesthetic benefit of planting trees in cities, it's estimated that each year, London's trees remove 2.4 million tonnes of air pollution. They're essential in protecting cities from flooding, they provide habitats for various species and have been proven to reduce stress levels. Is there anything trees can't do?

But because of ageing trees and due to felling as a result of urban sprawl, their effect is being diminished. In response, Trees for Cities are working with communities all over the world, to plant more trees and ensure the lungs of our cities are restored.

Why we think they're great

This charity is all about the trees. But it's also about so much more. By working alongside schools and community groups, the charity is focused on educating a new generation of people who understand the importance of caring for our planet. Establishing edible playgrounds, leading woodland projects for kids and redesigning school playgrounds to mitigate against air pollution, are just some of the things they do.

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