Low Carbon, the leading global renewable energy company, has teamed up with the world’s greatest Olympic sailors, Sir Ben Ainslie and Hannah Mills OBE, to launch the new Protect Our Future platform.
Protect Our Future is the Race for the Future charity partner to the Emirates Great Britain SailGP team. The climate change education platform will help to support over 3 million young people take action to protect nature, people and the planet using the inspiration of athletes.
Launching as the SailGP Season 3 final weekend gets underway in San Francisco, Low Carbon and Emirates GBR will convene its largest Protect Our Future session to date. This will include pupils from local schools, business leaders and climate experts coming together across San Francisco to promote new educational initiatives that deliver sustainable solutions.
As part of their collaboration with the Emirates GBR team to help them become the world’s most sustainable sports team, over the next three years, Low Carbon will work with Protect Our Future to produce world-class, climate-focussed education resources that inspire young people to tackle the real-world climate challenges our planet is facing.
Protect our Future is a programme of the 1851 Trust charity, named after the year of the first America’s Cup sailing race, which was launched by Sir Ben Ainslie and Sir Keith Mills during their British challenge for the 35th America’s Cup in 2014. HRH The Princess of Wales is a Royal Patron of the charity.
Speaking from San Francisco ahead of the season final, Roy Bedlow, Founder and Chief Executive of Low Carbon and a Trustee of the 1851 Trust, said:
“Low Carbon is delighted to support the launch of the Protect Our Future platform with the 1851 Trust. Sir Ben, Hannah and the team have repeatedly shown leadership as passionate climate champions, and we are excited to be strengthening our partnership with them.
“At Low Carbon, we create renewable energy at scale to fight climate change and protect the planet for future generations. Empowering the next generation with the skills and knowledge to take action on climate change is critical and we are pleased to be working with the 1851 Trust over the next three years to help inspire 3 million young people across the world with these resources.”
Emirates Great Britain SailGP team Strategist, Hannah Mills OBE, said:
“Our whole team is as passionate about making the biggest impact we can for the planet, we are committed to inspiring the next generation to take action. The Protect Our Future platform with Low Carbon will enable us to connect with more young people and encourage them to make a difference. The team is excited to be working with Low Carbon and delivering the educational sessions to people across San Francisco.”
ABOUT LOW CARBON:
Low Carbon creates large-scale renewable energy to fight climate change. We’re building a net-zero energy company that will protect the planet for future generations.
This defining purpose drives us to deliver for our communities, investors, and the environment.
We are a long-standing certified B-Corporation and recognised as gold standard for our environmental impact. We invest in, develop, and operate solar, wind, energy storage, and energy from waste projects across the UK, Europe, and North America. We’re contributing to the world’s move to 100% renewable energy, by creating 20GW of new capacity by 2030.
Low Carbon is on a mission. Together, we will power tomorrow.
ABOUT THE GREAT BRITAIN SAILGP TEAM:
SailGP races for a better future, championing a world powered by nature. The sport’s pinnacle league, SailGP features national teams battling in short, intense races at iconic stadium-style venues across the globe, building to the grand final – and sailing’s top prize of US$1 million. The high-tech, high-speed action features sailing’s best athletes racing in identical supercharged F50 catamarans, flying at electrifying speeds exceeding 60 mph/100 KM/H. Visit SailGP.com for more information.
Ben Ainslie holds the majority ownership of The Great Britain SailGP Team which is using its platform to change the sports sponsorship model in order to bring together groups of like-minded companies, who want to collaborate and accelerate change for a wider purpose. The Great Britain team are also committed to accelerating gender equality across the sport with the teams Athena Pathway Programme run by Hannah Mills – the most successful female Olympic athlete in the world of sailing, and IOC Sustainability Ambassador.
SailGP teams are supported by Race for the Future partners who share their personal values and commitment to deliver impact for a better future. The Great Britain teams Race For The Future Partner is the 1851 Trust’s Protect Our Future platform which aims to empower young people with the scientific knowledge to combat climate change.
Protect our Future is relaunching its platform in San Francisco with key news assets and activations.
- New website – www.protectourfuture.org/
- Three engaging online courses
- Classroom activity: Engaging UN SDG ‘Protect Our Future’ branded classroom hosted at three locations
- Emirates GBR HQ
- SailGP Adrenaline Lounge during a B2B Sustainable focused event called ‘Champions for Change’
- At the Grace Cathedral in SFO, through the GREAT campaign, during their event activities to celebrate the coronation of King Charles
All resources are aimed for students aged 5 – 18.
- #ProtectOurPitch . Introduce climate change, United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and how athletes can use their platform to drive positive change
- #WhyMeasure . Learn the causes and impact of climate change, the role in addressing climate action through the UN SDG’s and why measuring your carbon footprint is a positive climate action
- #ActonPlastic . Increase knowledge of different types of plastics and their uses in sports and everyday life, the impact on the environment, and how you can use your voice to advocate and engage others to act to reduce waste plastic