Rethinking Education for the future of the planet
Encompass is a vision for empowering young people globally to reimagine personal and planetary wellbeing.
Meet some of our innovation advisors
Raja GuhaThakurtaProfessor and Department Chair of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of California Santa Cruz
Jane FrancisProfessor Dame Jane Francis Director, British Antarctic Survey
Charlie GardnerCharlie is a conservation scientist and activist with a particular interest in social change and the connections between climate change and the loss of nature.
Anna TurnsEnvironmental journalist and author of 'Go Toxic Free'
With the scope, enthusiasm and expertise in the advisory group we hope to provide a back up for students who want advice.
We want them to be supported and inspired and we will value and champion their contributions.
We want young people to have real agency, know they will be heard and supported in developing their ideas and solutions.
Encompass aims to be a research centre for students and academics to look ahead involving the students whose future it will be.
We have a major research project in development with Cambridge University to look at direct ways to increase biodiversity and engagement in primary schools.
We already have ten partner primary schools locally as a pilot who we hope will visit this summer for nature workshops and musical opportunities.
To enable these activities to happen all year round we need a space which can be used by schools, the community and internationally as a student hub for conferences, education and innovation.
The Encompass vision grows from a fundamental belief that the potential, ideas and creativity of young people must not be undervalued.
Given support, young people grow and flourish to do amazing things.
School students devised a new cosmic ray detector which flew in space on TechDemoSat-1. They presented their results to NASA and published in Advances in Space Research. NASA then used this data for radiation monitoring on the Orion capsule in the Artemis programme
If we give young people the space, environment and encouragement they can turn from eco anxiety into genuine progress, understanding and positive ways forward.