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Clacks Environment Centre: Youth need to be a part of the future
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Clacks Environment Centre: Youth need to be a part of the future

Clacks’ youth have the opportunity to make a difference in the development of Scotland’s International Environment Centre.

SIEC, which will be based in Alloa, will create an “innovation community” in the Forth Valley. It is offering its Young Pathfinders program.

Tomorrow’s People Committee meeting will feature details of the programme that gives the opportunity “to lead organisation and present of the voice young people, shaping ongoing development of SIEC”.

The volunteer program works with schools through the Duke of Edinburgh awards system and has already begun last October. It provides up to 12 places for Clackmannanshire school students in S3 and higher.

A University of Stirling student intern is supporting the programme.

Clacks school pupils participated in a workshop last Nov. They shared their ideas and discussed what activities they would like to see developed.

The notes from that session will be shared with councillors Thursday November 27. They show that young people are interested in gaining a better understanding about climate change and spreading awareness around schools to give everyone a chance.

They want to share their knowledge with the community and encourage action.

The Young Pathfinders are also looking to establish a primary school engagement program and to find ways to reduce waste in communities.

As previously reported by Stirling and Clackmannanshire City Deal, Scotland’s International Environment Centre is a key project that aims to create a net zero regional economy in the Forth Valley.

It will be a pioneering collaboration that will create a wider innovation community and deliver transformational changes in sustainable business practice. The official launch was last November.

SIEC’s first flagship project, the Forth Environmental Resilience Array Project (Forth ERA), is already underway.

It combines satellite- and land-based environmental monitoring sensor to provide industry, regulators as well as policymakers, with live environmental data analytics.

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