Healthy Futures for children and young people through an Energy Bill Revolution
NCB supports the Energy Bill Revolution campaign which asks the
government to reinvest the money it receives from carbon taxes to
make our homes super energy-efficient. This will push down fuel
bills, make houses warmer, cut wasted energy and help to reduce our
carbon emissions. You can sign the petition to help end fuel
poverty at www.energybillrevolution.org.
Currently one in four households has to spend over 10% of their
income to keep their homes warm - which means they are living in
fuel poverty. With gas and oil prices expected to continue to rise,
it is estimated that the number of households living in fuel
poverty will rise by 40 per cent by 2016.
Over one million families with children under 16 are already
struggling to pay their fuel bills. These children are more likely
to suffer from illnesses like asthma, have mental health problems
and have to take time off school. Many families have to cut back on
other outgoings such as paying for food, clothing and leisure
about the impacts of fuel poverty on children and young people in
our briefing .
NCB's young media champions
NCB worked to ensure that the voices, stories and views of
children and young people were heard clearly throughout this
campaign. Central to this was the development of a team of young
media champions ready to speak out and advocate on behalf of other
The young media champions shared their knowledge and passion for
the issue far and wide. Some started on a small scale
encouraging family, friends and schoolmates to sign up to the
petition. While one Young NCB member had the chance to present at a
Watch a video made by the young media champions:
Profiles of the young media champions can be seen here.
More photos of the young media champions can be seen
here to find some answers to questions about fuel poverty.
Becoming Climate Smart
NCB and the Institute for
Development Studies worked with children's charities to understand
and connect sustainability to their core purpose. The project
culminated in guidance for children's organisations on becoming
Climate Smart. Email for