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Working with 50,000 young people to create new green jobs.

Before the pandemic, a lack of jobs and income was one of the major issues facing young people globally. The problem is getting worse.

We will support 50,000 young people to take action that creates new green jobs and drives a green recovery from the pandemic.

We will bring together and help fund youth-led campaigns, initiatives, and projects so young people can lead and take action on green jobs where they are and around the world.

Our work will focus on young people in the countries and communities most vulnerable to the impacts of climate and environmental change, helping them to create real solutions and build back better from the pandemic.

To create green jobs and economies that help people and protect our planet now, we need Action Not Excuses. Tomorrow is too late.

“We need a world where people are in harmony with nature and that this harmony also exists with economic growth.” Angelo, age 27


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Action we are supporting.

Action Not Excuses will support thousands of young people to create new jobs, start eco-positive businesses and help others to adapt their work. These will help drive the green recovery from the pandemic.


RISE through Youth: Rural Inclusive Sustainable Enterprises, Tanzania

The RISE project will help create thousands of new green jobs for young people in Tanzania by 2022. It will support green entrepreneurs in 25 communities surrounding the Mkingu Forest Nature reserve to build new businesses which protect the vulnerable environments they live alongside. In partnership with youth leaders, local government and technical specialists, the project will equip thousands of young people with the skills, confidence, and structures they need to establish sustainable and successful green enterprises.

Youth for Green Growth: Kathmandu Recycles, Nepal

Young people in Nepal are leading a campaign called ‘Kathmandu Recycles: Fight Against Plastic’. The campaign will support hundreds of young people to create new livelihoods by 2022. It will equip them with skills and knowledge to run green businesses in the circular economy in the Kathmandu Valley.

The campaign will also create a movement of 5,000 young people to promote and adopt sustainable alternatives to plastics, whilst also supporting young people to generate and promote recycling and stop single use plastic waste.

Youth for Green Growth: Dame Chance, Nicaragua

Young people in Nicaragua are leading a campaign called Dame Chance (Give me a Chance). The campaign will support almost 250 young people to promote and create sustainable green jobs and behaviours. The campaign will also support thousands of local farmers and small businesses to adopt positive environmental practices and reduce their impact on protected forested areas in and around their communities. By the end of 2022, over 6,000 people will be working to reduce the impact of deforestation and promote green jobs in 16 rural communities in the north and pacific regions of Nicaragua.

WILD through Youth: Wildlife Integration and Livelihoods Development, Nepal

The WILD project will work with young people and marginalised groups to develop thousands of new, youth-led green jobs that support and sustain biodiversity in Nepal’s national parks. It will also support young people to create solutions to behaviours that negatively impact environmental protection.

WILD will support the development of new green jobs and youth-led green enterprises, increasing existing knowledge in rural areas and promoting positive environmental behaviours.

Green Jobs Youth Champion: Yorle


Quote from Action Not Excuses Green Jobs Youth Chamption Yorle from Costa Rica: "At the moment we just do not have enough green jobs. We can either wait for them to turn up - or start creating them.


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