Scholarship Spotlight : Environmental Justice Campaigning

Are you an environmental justice campaigner, or want to become one? Find out about our many environmental scholarships for Bootcamp 18 and 19!

COP26 – the annual UN Climate Summit – will be hosted in Glasgow this year, and the global spotlight on environmental action will fall on the UK. This will be our year to show how we can lead on environmental justice issues, and you can be part of that!

That’s why I’m excited to say that this year Campaign Bootcamp will be offering a number of scholarships for campaigners working on environmental justice issues, thanks to Greenpeace, and Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF).

What is Campaign Bootcamp?

A Bootcamp is a six-day residential training open to campaigners, activists and community organizers in the UK who want to campaign strategically and with confidence. You’ll skill yourself up to run powerful campaigns and find new people to work with while you’re at it!

If you’re a grassroots campaigner, the scholarships can cover up to the full fee of coming on Bootcamp. If you work at an NGO there is a sliding scale of costs, with partial scholarships to cover some of the costs of coming. See more about costs for Bootcamp 18 here, and Bootcamp 19 here.

So if you’re a campaigner or activist – or want to run a campaign – on environmental justice issues, this is the year to apply!

I’ve just joined the Campaign Bootcamp team as the new Environmental Outreach Coordinator, and I am happy to support any applications and queries. Please feel free to get in touch on [email protected] with any questions!

What do you mean by “environmental justice”?

These scholarships will apply to a number of different areas, including (but not exclusive to):

  • Climate justice
  • Renewable energy
  • Anti-environmental pollution (eg clean air or clean water)
  • Food justice and sustainability
  • Access to green spaces
  • Nature and mental health & wellbeing
  • Fuel poverty
  • Green jobs
  • Climate mitigation
  • Sustainable housing
  • Community gardening
  • Sustainable transport

In previous years, Campaign Bootcamp graduates have gone on to lead a number of exciting campaigns and build the change they want to happen.

Images of two brown women. The first holds a sign saying 'My name is Zunaira and I want more BME representation in the environmental movement.' The second is a brown woman smiling while wearing a blue campaign bootcamp t-shirt.

Bootcamp 15 graduate Zunaira said: “My favourite thing about Bootcamp was meeting experienced campaigners from around the country and learning from both them and the facilitators who had heaps of knowledge, lessons, and stories to share… Going forward I feel confident in how to approach campaign strategy and be more selective with the campaign work I do. I feel confident in making sure the work leads to real change and noticing tokenism (making only symbolic efforts to look inclusive) when it arises.”

Bootcamp 17 graduate Jwan said: “I liked the democratic environment in Bootcamp and giving space for people to express their feeling of the way to deliver the information. The most important thing is that I meet people from different campaigning aspects and I made friendships with them.“

We especially like to support those who are usually marginalised in the mainstream environmental network. Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME), working-class, LGBTQ+ and disabled grassroots campaigners are especially encouraged to apply. This provides opportunities for those that are least likely to be able to access campaign training.

What will the training cover?

If you’re successful in getting a scholarship you’ll get access to the full year-long Campaign Bootcamp programme. It starts with a week of intensive training where you’ll develop the tools to run thoughtful campaigns, covering four core themes:

  • Setting your direction and bringing focus to your campaign(s)
  • Who you can work with and how, and how to bring new people on board
  • Understanding yourself as a campaigner within wider movements
  • Creative messaging, and how to communicate your campaign effectively
  • How to sustain yourself and others while campaigning… and much more!

After the residential is over you’ll be able to attend follow up events and receive community support.

Don’t think you’re eligible for this scholarship? No problem!

Click here for Bootcamp 18 Scholarships Click here for Bootcamp 19 Scholarships

To sum up…

  • Deadline to apply: 9am GMT on Tuesday 24th March
  • Bootcamp 18 takes place from 24 – 29 May 2020
  • Bootcamp 19 takes place from 13 – 18 July 2020
  • Full and partial scholarships available for grassroots campaigners
  • Email [email protected] with any questions you may have

Applications for our spring and summer camps are now closed. Thank you to everyone who applied! Applications for our autumn camp will open this summer. We’re also in the process of thinking about how to take our training online. If you’d like to power up your activism with Campaign Bootcamp, please sign up to our newsletter to hear the latest updates by clicking here.

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