Global Action Plan's Youth Panel

Global Action Plan's Youth Panel was formed in 2017 to represent the voice of young, sustainably-minded people in the charity’s activities. Meet the team . . .

Alice Fathers

Alice is a Modern European Studies student at the University of Nottingham. She is on the panel because she cares deeply about providing solutions to the social and environmental issues created by the throwaway society we live in. She wants to work with other young people to bring about positive change.

Global Action Plan’s mission focusses on the value that experiences - as opposed to things - can bring. What does Alice like doing in her free time?

Alice likes being outdoors, photography, travelling and learning foreign languages.

What inspires Alice about Global Action Plan’s mission?

It is spreading the message of owning less and thereby living more.

Annie Osborne

Annie is a Programme Officer at climate change charity Climate Parliament in Brighton, which promotes renewable energy policy across the world. She graduated from Durham University in Physical Geography in 2016. While at university, she was the Environment Representative for her college. After graduating Annie worked as a Project Management and Communications Intern, then Intern Manager at Positive Impact Events in Manchester, helping bring sustainability to the event industry. She has also worked at Buxton Festival Fringe, and co-founded a small theatre company.

Global Action Plan’s mission focusses on the value that experiences - as opposed to things - can bring. What does Annie like doing in her free time?

Annie loves going to music festivals and gigs or hanging out with her dog.

What inspires Annie about Global Action Plan's mission?

Annie is motivated to combat climate change in creative ways, and tackling excessive consumption is a really important part of this.

Carys Tetlaw

Since school, Carys has championed environmental awareness. She was involved in running gardening sessions and a "swap shop". More recently, she has worked with Leeds Council to improve student recycling rates and volunteered at an Environmental Film Festival.

Carys graduated with a Sustainability masters from the University of Leeds in 2018. She is particularly interested in how sustainability can be integrated into business strategy. She studied at the Australian National University for a year and interned at an ethical pension fund. This cemented her interest in sustainable businesses and corporate social responsibility.

Global Action Plan’s mission focusses on the value that experiences - as opposed to things - can bring. What does Carys like doing in her free time?

Carys is always planning her next trip abroad - usually to try her favourite food.

What inspires Carys about Global Action Plan's mission?

We can inspire young people to end excessive consumerism and hold businesses more accountable for their environmental impact.

Emma Thomson

Emma is currently studying for an MSc in Global Environment, Politics, and Society at the University of Edinburgh. The relationship between people and the planet fascinates her: ensuring society lives in the most sustainable way possible is one of her biggest passions, from promoting environmental awareness to buying clothes from charity shops. She says that being able to work towards these goals and promote them on a wider scale through the youth panel is a wonderful opportunity.

Global Action Plan’s mission focusses on the value that experiences - as opposed to things - can bring. What does Emma like doing in her free time?

I love volunteering, and spending as much time surrounded by nature as possible.

What inspires Emma about Global Action Plan’s mission?
Global Action Plan's mission to tackle the throwaway culture is essential if we are to promote happiness within society, and preserve the planet for years to come - both of which are hugely important and inspiring to me.

Gabriela Kosmaczewska

Gabriela is on the Youth Panel, as she would like to reverse the self-perpetuating cycle of fast and disposable consumerism that young people are instructed to follow with current advertising strategies. Why? Because changing this mentality to focus more on communal well-being benefits everyone.

As well as being part of Global Action Plan's Youth Panel, Gabriela works for a children's charity in Westminster as Social Media Coordinator, and as a Guest Experience Executive for a Host Management Company. Both jobs need clear and informative communication to their clients and thus, she has the qualities needed to communicate environmental ideas effectively to young people.

Global Action Plan’s mission takes a look at the value experiences - rather than things - can bring. What does Gabriela like doing in her free time?
Gabriela enjoys seeing friends for coffee, fundraising and dancing to techno, but perhaps not all at the same time.

What inspires Gabriela about Global Action Plan’s mission?

GAP's focus on running environmental behavioural change campaigns offers a rare opportunity to make a positive difference by helping them develop a more responsible relationship with 'stuff'.

Greg Morrison

Completing a degree in English literature fostered Greg's love of progressive ideas. His current role is working across editorial and digital projects at a London-based creative agency, using editorial, photographic and digital skills. Greg's interests have previously focussed on the arts. However, more recently he says, the dire situation that faces our planet begun to overshadow this focus. As the urgency of our environmental situation becomes clear, recently discovered ideas such as the concept of gentle protest make Greg with optimistic that positive changes can be made. Greg hopes that his involvement with Global Action Plan will help contribute to making this change happen.

Laurence Taylor

I'm Laurence from East London, and I recently graduated from Queen Mary University of London with a Bachelor of Science in Geography. I currently work on the fraud team of a tech company, which involves the prevention of credit card fraud and money laundering. My broad interests are the environment, technology, and politics, and I joined GAP's youth panel because it seemed like a great way to make a collective difference.

Global Action Plan’s mission takes a look at the value experiences - rather than things - can bring. What does Laurence like doing in his free time?

In my spare time I enjoy reading and designing things.

What inspires Laurence about Global Action Plan’s mission?

The thing that inspires me most about GAP's mission is its potential to help tackle mental health issues.

Shayne Tshabalala

Shayne is currently reading International Studies & Economics at the University of Buckingham. He is the current president of the Buckingham Debate & Speaking Union where he facilitates student debates and keynote speeches by renowned speakers on the pressing issues of the day such as Brexit and Climate Change. He is an avid researcher and enjoys talking to young people about the issues that affect them.  He also serves on youth boards for Youth Employment UK as well as UK Youth Voice. 

Global Action Plan’s mission looks at the value experiences - rather than things - can bring. What does Shayne like doing in his free time?

In my free time I work on music, collaborate with other artists and write and sing original songs.

What inspires Shayne about Global Action Plan’s mission?

I am keen to raise awarensss for how climate change has a disproportionate negative impact on countries that contribute the least to carbon emissions. Global Action Plan and its mission inspire me to do more research and campaign to bring more attention to this.

Sophie Burgis

Sophie is a Philanthropy Officer at the British Red Cross and just another Aussie living in London. She is also currently studying Economics part time at Birkbeck and is particularly interested in how economics can adapt to the challenge of planetary emergency. While climate change, population growth and resource depletion freak her out a bit, she also thinks that they present business leaders with opportunities to disrupt markets and innovate in ways that can benefit their bottom line and change the world for the better. Sophie is an avid cyclist and can often be seen struggling to ride her bike to work in smart business attire rain, hail or shine.

Global Action Plan's mission takes a look at the value experiences - rather than things - can bring. What does Sophie like doing in her free time?

In her spare time Sophie enjoys playing sport of all kinds, travelling as much as possible, and staying up late cooking elaborate dinners.

What inspires Sophie about Global Action Plan's mission?

Helping young people to forge a future where experiences transcend acquring stuff, and sustainability is no longer a buzzword or a "major concern", but simply part of the fabric of society’s makeup.

Sylvia Hayes

Sylvia is a student in her second year at the University of Exeter. Studying Human Geography has given her a deep understanding of society’s unhealthy relationship with the planet, but she is keen to take her knowledge out of the lecture hall and into the real world where it can make a difference. During her engagements with sustainability groups and organisations both within and outside of university, Sylvia found her calling in climate change and has since dedicated her studies and actions to tackling unsustainable ways of living. Honoured to be a part of the Youth Panel, she is ambitious and optimistic, determined to save the world and inspire others to do the same in the process.

Global Action Plan’s mission takes a look at the value experiences - rather than things - can bring. What does Sylvia like doing in her free time?

When she’s not buried deep in coursework reading, Sylvia can be found exploring Devon’s coastal villages and baking.

What inspires Sylvia about Global Action Plan’s mission?

The potential for monumental change when young people come together.

Victoria Looby

Victoria Looby lives in Leeds and is studying for her Masters in Climate Change. She joined the panel because she agrees with promoting sustainability, in particular when purchasing from the high street and supermarkets - and because she wanted to work towards ending excessive consumption and global inequalities that result from it. She was drawn to joining the panel because she wanted to discuss these ideas with other like-minded people.

Global Action Plan’s mission takes a look at the value of experiences - rather than things. What does Victoria like doing in her free time?

In my free time she's often backstage at her uni’s theatre, helping build set and rig lights for dance shows, musicals and plays.

What inspires Victoria about Global Action Plan?

Victoria is inspired by Global Action Plan’s mission to tackle our throwaway culture, because it’s not only a sustainability issue but a mental health issue that affects young people. This desperately needs to be addressed.

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