The Fitzwilliam Environment Awards, sponsored by a Fitz alumnus, have been designed to encourage creative thinking around communicating environmental issues / actions across the whole College community - staff, students, academics!
The competition will be run by the Fitz Environment committee, and they are looking for ideas to encourage engagement with the climate crisis through grants of up to £800 available for projects/events/ideas that tackle one (or more) of the following barriers which prevent people from taking action.
Applicants should choose one (or more) group(s) to reach and work on one or more of the barriers listed. You are also free to suggest other reasons for which people do not act and come up with an idea to help them move forward with action on climate.
• Lack of awareness or doubt in the science – ‘There isn’t a problem.’
• A sense of powerlessness – ‘I’m too insignificant to be able to make a change.’
• ‘Someone else (a politician?) should do something. Not me.’
• ‘The climate crisis won’t affect me.’
• An overwhelming sensation: ‘The problem is too big a challenge.’
• ‘We’re too late; there’s nothing we can do now.’
Applications should be submitted by 30th April 2021, and successful first-round entrants will be asked to briefly pitch their idea over Zoom to a panel made up of College members on 14th May, 12pm. The event will be an hour long, and the successful entries will be announced very shortly after. You will then have a year to carry out your project! We are enlisting expert mentors to support successful bids in their delivery, so be ambitious.
Very best of luck - remember, teams can be made up from across the College community, so get creative!
The application form to submit your ideas is here: https://www.fitz.cam.ac.uk/onlineforms/view.php?id=323093