Let’s Go Zero: IKEA seeks ideas from children to make UK schools more sustainable

The retailer is working with the Let’s Go Zero campaign, which aims to help all 32kschools in the UK reach zero by 2030

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IKEA has launched a competition calling on children with ideas to help make their schools more sustainable and tackle climate change.

The retailer is working with the Let’s Go Zero campaign, delivered by climate solutions charity Ashden, which aims to help all 32,000 schools in the UK reach zero carbon by 2030.

They are seeking ideas and views from children on what they would like their school to do more of to help tackle climate change.

They will be selecting four winning ideas from schools across the UK and will help them deliver on their ideas through products, solutions and funds, with £2,000 for each project.

Research conducted by Censuswide on 2,000 schoolchildren aged five to 16 found 83% of children in the UK want to make changes at school to help combat climate change and 65% say they feel their school has implemented some initiatives but not enough.

It also found 80% of children want to learn more at school about climate change and more than half of them (52%) feel it is not covered enough in lessons, while 87% of them said businesses should do more to help families and schools lower their carbon footprint.

Marsha Smith, Deputy Country Retail Manager at IKEA UK & Ireland, said: “At IKEA, we’ve set ambitious goals to guide us on our journey to becoming climate positive by 2030 and radical collaboration is the way forward to deliver meaningful, systemic action.

“In Ashden, we have found a partner that can help us accelerate our vision of creating a better, healthier and more sustainable life at home for many people – and when we say home, we mean it in its broader sense, to encompass neighbourhoods and communities.”

Applications for the competition will close on 30th June 2022.