National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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YFC Climate Change Challenge

In conjunction with Championing the Farmed Environment and supported by Defra.

Open to all YFC members and next generation farmers

Challenge opens:

4 July 2020

Challenge closes:

30 July 2020 

Challenge award:

The winner will be invited on a virtual visit (if social distancing restrictions are still in place) to the NFU HQ to meet the climate change and communications teams. Winners will also have the opportunity to share their ideas with international climate change policy makers at next year’s COP26 in Glasgow.

The shortlisted videos will be shared through YFC and NFU websites, social media channels and forums helping to showcase the voice of young farmers who are taking action on climate change and advocating others to do the same. 

Your ideas will also help to create a bespoke YFC guide for reference and future club activity. Produced in conjunction with Championing the Farmed Environment (CFE), the new guide will help to share important environmental messages for farming and rural enterprises.  

Challenge information:

There are two age categories for this Challenge – under 18s and over 18s. If you are under 18, you will need to provide contact information for a parent or guardian when submitting your entry so NFYFC can send on a parental consent form.

The government has set a target of reaching net zero emissions by 2050 and the NFU announced an ambition for the food and farming sector to reach that target by 2040.  

We want you to share your ideas, or practical examples that you might already be using on your farm to help reduce emissions, in a short video (3 minutes max). You don’t need the final, polished solution, but we want to hear your thoughts on future mitigation methods for any farming and growing sectors or machinery development.

Be creative, bold and brave – you could have the best idea yet that nobody has thought of! Some tips to help:

  • What are you doing already to reduce greenhouse gas emissions? It’s fine if you’re just at the start of your journey, you can share your plans, ideas or actions
  • What more do you plan to do, or would you like to do?
  • What do you think is needed to reach net zero? For a business, a rural community, a country or globally?
  • Other topics to consider include on-farm applications for carbon capture and storing, auditing, energy efficiency and renewable on-farm energy.

How to enter: 

  1. Record a short (3 mins max) video outlining your ideas. Your video can be a collective effort if a few of you would like to contribute to one video or a single entry.
  2. Please state your age and YFC club, if appropriate. 
  3. If your video is under 10MB in file size you can email it to sarah.palmer@nfyfc.org.uk (and please include contact information for a parent or guardian if you are under 18). Or you can send your video to the NFYFC Facebook page via private message – or share it on social media and tag @NFYFC, @CFEonline and @NFUtweets on Twitter.

Please note: If you email your video entry and do not receive a reply, it means NFYFC has not received your entry. 

NFYFC’s tags are @NFYFC (Instagram/Twitter) and National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (Facebook).

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By entering this competition you give permission for the images to be used by the NFYFC, the CFE and the NFU for marketing and promotional purposes. This challenge will not be part of the NFYFC''s Challenge Finals and will be judged by an external panel. 


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