Uprising is a UK-wide, youth leadership organisation. It aims to equip 18-25 year olds from under-represented backgrounds with the skills, networks and confidence to fulfil their leadership potential and transform the world around them through social action.

I am currently taking part in Uprising´s Environmental Leadership Development Programme. Through this programme I have had the opportunity to attend sessions with local environmental organisations and meet some of the leading figures in the environmental field in Birmingham. I have also been able to develop my leadership skills by taking part in sessions with experts in skills such as networking, public speaking and personal branding. Lastly, as part of the programme I am now setting up my own environmental social action campaign and putting into practice the expert knowledge imparted to us by campaign groups such as change.org, Greenpeace and of course, Friends of the Earth. My group, The Nature Network, will focus on getting families in and around Birmingham to enjoy nature locally.

You will be able to find us at Stirchley Fête on the 27th of May, running a potted plants decorating and planting activity for children and speaking to parents about all the fantastic opportunities to get involved with nature in Birmingham.

By Elena Campos Ingram