This project will empower a group of young Redbridge adults on how to build modular mobile pedal-powered generators that can be set up in various configurations depending on the pedagogical and power consumption needs. Working in partnership with Redbridge Council’s Climate Emergency team and Vision, we aim to give a group of young local adults the knowledge of how to build the systems, so they can educate others in the community and begin to change people’s minds about the climate crisis. This will also give them potential livelihoods, as well as the following skills: basic electronics; building electronic systems; collaborative working & problem-solving; teaching and facilitating; energy consumption/saving; creative lyric writing; performing arts, etc. After participating in our sessions, a pathway for further education will be suggested to those who have been involved!
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
This project gets to the root cause of social issues by educating young people and helping residents to manage energy more effectively in response to the climate crisis. It will create resilience in our community and safeguard future generations against the challenges to come. Redbridge's high ethnic minority communities are more likely to be impacted by climate change and economic challenges. Energy prices are soaring and people are struggling to pay their bills. We are relying on fossil fuels for the majority of our consumption, which is causing damage to our planet. Our pedal-powered demonstrations will 1. Educate people on how to reduce their energy bills 2. Encourage people to cycle and get fit 3. Create engaging educational community events 4. Empower local young adults by skilling them in energy and electricity awareness 5. Give these young adults the opportunity to earn livelihoods 6. Begin a conversation about locally-led responses to the climate crisis
Steps to get it done:
These young adults will be teaching & sharing what they learn by engaging wider audiences in different religious centres, community centres, libraries, public parks, etc. The project will engage local professionals such as electronics engineers, permaculturists, youth workers, and community organisers/leaders who will give their expertise and guidance to the project.
About the space
London Borough of Redbridge