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Foundation hosts summer school for young thinkers


"The creativity and enthusiasm of the students was remarkable."

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, in collaboration with Leadership in Global Change, has hosted the first summer school for 15-18 year olds wishing to learn about the circular economy.

Students learnt how the circular economy can be applied to various industries, including food, fashion, and the built environment. This culminated with the students then working in groups to design and build their own city based on circular economy principles.

The course challenged the participants to think beyond the take-make-waste model by exposing them to real-life case studies of the circular economy in practice, including the work of the London Waste and Recycling Board, and Christoper Raeburnís fashion lab.

ďThe creativity and enthusiasm of the students was remarkable. These young people want to find solutions to our greatest challenges and they are ready and willing to push the envelope of whatís possible.Ē - Harrison Wavell, Schools & Colleges Programme Manager at the Foundation

ďItís very exciting, itís very new, weíre in a generation thatís changing, in a world thatís changing as well.Ē - Mathys Reiss, one of the participants

The Oxford Summer School is part of the Foundationís efforts to engage the next generation in becoming part of the transition to a circular economy. More information about the Ellen MacArthur Foundationís Schools and Colleges programmes can be found on the website.

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