My name is Will Chambers, I’m 18 and have been a member of Roots for 2 years.
I was introduced to the group by a friend, and after hearing about the main aim of the project, a grand plan to build a revolutionary zero carbon community centre, I couldn’t wait to get involved. As this will be the first urban Earth-ship ever built and one of only three Earthships in the UK, I immediately realised the significance of this project in the move towards sustainability.
learning about the impact human consumption of the earth’s natural resources was having on our planet, during secondary school science and geography lessons, I realised the importance of taking positive action to correct this disastrous trend. It became clear that not only have our lifestyles become unsustainable in terms of resource depletion, but human induced global warming is to be the greatest threat to our livelihoods in years to come. Often disproportionately affecting developing countries, changes in sea levels caused by our overuse of fossil fuels leave us with a moral imperative to alter our activity. I am a firm believer in starting on your own doorstep, and becoming a part of Roots was the perfect way to start this process on an individual level and within in my local community.
Alongside working with architects from the local council on the Earthship design, Roots also carries out several other projects in the local area. It is driven by the young volunteers, with the youthful energy providing a great platform for accomplishing real things. The diverse range of Activities I have participated in during my time with the organisation include: running a play to promote sustainable lifestyles in the local community (for which we built the majority of the set and costumes from recycled materials); writing a Tool Kit to raise awareness of environmental and other ethical issues, which we intend to use in workshops at local primary schools; lighting candles in the park to celebrate Earthhour; promoting Fairtrade produce in the town centre during Fairtrade Fortnight; and meeting up with Worcester MP Robin Walker to discuss issues surrounding young people and sustainability.
Roots has highlighted to me the power for change that young people possess, running contrary to the clichéd negative representation of young people perpetuated by the media. Indicating that the future may not be as doomed as I once suspected, the group’s weekly meetings on a Thursday night have achieved an incredible amount within a relatively short space of time, suggesting that if other young people work together on similar initiatives there is no end to what can be achieved.
Will is also one of the UKYCC Local Catalysts