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Have you got what it takes to tackle the climate crisis?

The British Council is calling for young, inspired people to join our Active Citizens: Social action for climate change programme and take action on the biggest issue facing our planet.

Make your idea become reality

Young people across the world perceive climate change as the biggest global challenge facing our world today.

Through Active Citizens: Social action for climate change, the British Council is giving young people in six European countries the chance to address this challenge.

Successful applicants will be able to turn their innovative ideas for sustainability into reality. Through the Active Citizens model and the British Council’s decades of expertise in social change projects, you’ll be able to build international connections, develop skills and have the exposure to ensure your ideas make a difference.

Be at the heart of an international movement

Active Citizens: Social action for climate change is part of the British Council’s global programme around the COP26 climate change conference, which is taking place in Glasgow in November 2021. The British Council is working with partners across the whole of the UK and worldwide to support the success and legacy of COP26 by creating opportunities for co-operation, dialogue and action that address the shared challenges of climate change.

Active Citizens projects are running in 22 countries (including our six EU countries) – meaning you’ll be part of a global team of young people with the passion to take social action on environmental issues and climate change.


Young leaders are expected to participate in one of the two training groups below:

Training group A

16, 17, 19, 20 and 23 March 2021 (17.00–20.00)

Training group B

24, 26, 27, 31 March and 2 April 2021 (17.00–20.00)

Who can apply?

Practical Requirements

  • You must be between 18–30 years old.
  • You must be able dedicate 10–15 hours per week for a period of two to three weeks to participate in the national training in March.
  • By the end of the workshops, you will be expected to carry out social actions in line with the project vision, supported by the facilitators.
  • Good knowledge of English would be an asset.

What kind of person should apply?

In your application, you should be able to demonstrate that you have:

  • active experience of participation in youth groups, youth projects or volunteering
  • good project planning, leadership and co-ordination skills
  • a strong sense of local and national culture and identity
  • knowledge and understanding of your local community
  • a strong sense of responsibility towards sustainable development, climate change and/or environmental protection
  • an appreciation of difference and an openness to working with people from diverse backgrounds, identities and communities.

How to apply

Complete the online application form by Wednesday 10 March 2021 (23.59).


For further information, please contact Victoria Kyriaki:

Telephone 210 369 2337
Email Victoria.Kyriaki@britishcouncil.gr

The programme is being implemented in partnership with the British Embassy Athens, the Lambrakis Foundation, the Athanasios C. Laskaridis Charitable Foundation and the Institute for Sustainable Development, European Public Law Organization.

WWF Greece is our strategic partner for COP26 activites.

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