We're making use of the Government’s Kickstart scheme to tackle the longstanding lack of racial diversity in the environmental movement.

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We’re supporting over a hundred young people from diverse backgrounds to thrive and progress by placing them into environmental organisations across the country

The UK environmental sector is made up of less than 5% of people from ethic minorities, and is one of the least racially diverse sectors in the country. This is a real problem, because it is black and brown communities around the world that are suffering the most from the climate emergency and ecological crisis. As we go into what might be our last stand for climate and nature, it is essential that the organisations leading this fight represent the communities they serve and protect.

We are proud to be partnering with over 30 environmental charities across the UK

Our partners include the RSPB, Friends of the Earth and Zoological Society London. We are proud that all our host organisations committed to paying the real living wage for their placements. In total we placed 125 young people through our Kickstart gateway by the end of March 2022 deadline, when the Government's kickstart closed to new appointments.

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Kickstart came to a close for new roles on 31 March 2022. All our roles are now filled. Between now and September 2022 we are going to be working hard to support the young people that we have in-post, as well as their host organisations. We are actively looking for further funding so we can continue to offer more paid placements to young people through Race for Nature. Although we are now closed to new host organisations, you can read more about how our programme worked and contact us at kickstart@sos-uk.org if you have any questions.

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