The Good Future Board
The voices of tomorrow's leaders must be heard
The time is up for hearing from grown-ups on climate change. We want to hear from young people. With young people leading climate activism all over the world, we are putting them front and centre of our business decisions, too..
We have set up the Good Future Board, made up of six secondary school-aged students. They will feed into how Good Energy is run and make sure the voices of tomorrow’s leaders are heard. We’ll look to them for ideas, thoughts, dreams and challenges that we wouldn’t have thought of ourselves. Creativity from the perspective only someone who has their whole future ahead of them can have.
Following a recruitment process which saw us receive nearly 1000 applications from schools across England via our partners at Eco-Schools, we whittled the long list down to an incredibly passionate, insightful and impressive final six who are joining the board.
Meet the Good Future Board
Jack Solly, 12, Devon
A keen environmentalist, Jack wants to do all he can to protect the planet, so that wildlife and natural beauty remains into his adulthood. Jack's a fan of 'epic long walks' where he likes to take in the scenery and enjoys being out in the wild.
Logic-thinking skills are Jack's strength and he recently scored in the top 10% nationally of the Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge. Jack has lots of ideas of how we can make the world a better place now, and in the future, which makes him a great addition to the Board.
Shaina Shah, 13, London
Shaina is passionate about looking after the environment and encouraging people to make small changes to lead a more sustainable life. At primary school, Shaina was chosen to be on the Eco-team, to consider initiatives to help the school become more environmentally friendly.
Now at secondary school, Shaina was elected as a School Council representative where she helped introduce changes such as minimising the use of plastic in the canteen. In 2020, Shaina took part in the Global Social Leaders Summer Catalyst, which is an online programme to build leadership skills and confidence. She hopes to use being part of the Good Energy Future Board to further enhance these skills as well as build some new ones.
Ada Wood, 14, Cumbria
Ada is a climate activist and sees being part of our Good Future Board as an opportunity to have a positive effect on the future for so many young people. Ada has taken part in many climate strikes, including the organisation of Carlisle's 2019 global strike, seeking the help of local organisations to put on the biggest climate protest Carlisle had ever seen.
Ada is a keen public speaker and has appeared on BBC Radio 4's Question Time as well as speaking at the Cumbria Climate Emergency Action Conference and the National Climate and Ecological Emergency Action Conference. Ada is keen to get going in the new role and has a real interest in the noise we've been making around greenwashing.
Kathryn Gornall, 15, Chester
The lack of action and urgency from everyday people, politicians and celebrities has sparked Kathryn's interest in joining the Good Future Board. Dismayed by the average age of a board member (which is 60, in the UK), Kathryn is determined that younger people need to have their voices heard. She brings an unrelenting passion for the fight against climate change to the role.
Kathryn is an active member of the student council, the Chester Youth Parliament, and the Pioneers of Sustainable Hope (POSH) movement.
Mahnoor Kamran, 16, Stoke-on-Trent
Before moving to the UK, Mahnoor saw how severe the effects of climate change are in the Middle East and South Asia. Experiencing the effects first-hand with flooding and supporting climate-induced refugees has fuelled Mahnoor's passion in climate activism. As well as triggered her thinking about how the Western world can respond better to the climate crisis.
Mahnoor has lots of experience in eco-projects across the world; from the planning of sustainable housing, to the purification of the Citrarum river in Indonesia. She has a keen interest in how green energy companies should offer affordable energy to those from a lower socio-economic background. And how we can make sure that those who are disadvantaged aren't marginalised.
Akash Thaker, 17, Leicester
Akash believes it's his duty to care and contribute to bringing the planet back from its tipping point. He's excited to see how living in a lower-carbon energy system will play its part, which is why he was keen to join the Good Future Board.
Over the last two years, Akash has spent some of his time working for the Good Plate Company. Here, he's built a solid understanding of what it's like working in an organisation with the customer at the centre and the role they play in supporting us with the fight against climate change.
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