Net zero video challenge launched for young farmers

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The NFU and Championing the Farmed Environment (CFE) have partnered with The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) to launch a competition to encourage positive climate change action by young farmers.

The competition, which is supported by Defra, challenges young farmers to make a three minute video putting forward ideas and actions that could help achieve the NFU’s net zero goal.

The competition comes at a time when the government is working hard to increase the UK's net zero ambition ahead of COP26, the UN’s Climate Change Conference, in Glasgow next year. The winning videos will ensure that young British farmers’ voices are heard by international climate change policy makers at the event.

Winners will also be invited to meet the NFU’s climate change and communications teams to discuss ongoing net zero work.

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NFU Deputy President Stuart Roberts said:

“We are at a moment in time when both the world and our nation are facing a great many challenges.

"The impacts of climate change are arguably one of the greatest challenges, but it also presents an opportunity for British agriculture to showcase real leadership when it comes to sustainable farming. This is precisely why we have set an ambition for British farming to be carbon neutral by 2040.

“Our young farmers are going to be crucial in helping to steer the industry and the country towards a net zero future. More than ever we need new ideas and we need to create an environment for everyone’s voice to be heard.

“I encourage all our young members to get involved and be ambitious, and take a leading role in the future of climate-friendly farming.”

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NFYFC’s YFC AGRI Chairman George Baxter said:

By taking part in the video challenge, YFC members and next generation farmers can play an active part in helping to achieve the net zero ambition, share ideas and most importantly, have their voices heard in high places!

“I would encourage those entering to be creative, bold and brave! If you have ideas for the future that you’d like taking seriously, start filming and get ready to share!  As we emerge from the current COVID-19 restrictions, you could be representing the voice of UK young farmers at home and internationally.”

NFU member Joe Stanley officially opened the competition:

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