Growing Green Communities is an independent non-profit environmental organisation founded by Rebecca Talbot, a professional environmentalist, and Lucas Barrow-Townsend, a community development specialist. We connect eco-conscious individuals, communities, businesses, organisations, and governments and teach them sustainable practices to make a greener future for us all. We offer support and promote environmental innovators to give them the platform to succeed.
As environmental and community development experts, we understand the environmental problems facing communities and the need for sustainable solutions to them. We understand the value of sustainable solutions and the challenges people have getting projects off the ground. We set up Growing Green Communities in 2020 to share our know-how and skills with communities, businesses, and organisations that will benefit from our advice and support.
We Help Communities Find Sustainable Solutions Towards:
"To resonate with a community, you must engage within that community. We believe in a hands-on approach, and our projects aim to include everyone, from children to community elders."
Lucas BT, Growing Green Communities
We Support and Promote Organisations and Businesses Who:
#1. Are Actively Finding Solutions To Environmental Problems
#2. Make Eco-Friendly Products
"Our support ranges from consultations to sourcing potential funding revenues, and connecting organisations we think could help each other. Everywhere we work we launch an event to connect the green community of that country together, promote the environmental businesses within it, and teach anyone who is interested, sustainable solutions. Only by working together can we make a more sustainable future for all."
Rebecca Talbot, Growing Green Communities
We run projects that the whole community can join in on
We make sure these projects have longevity
Community leaders are found and appointed and our knowledge is transferred
GROWING GREEN COMMUNITIES EVENTS
Our events are designed to bring together the whole community. We welcome families, professionals, students, governmental leaders, entrepreneurs, children, and anyone who would like to meet like-minded people
We provide a market full of the very best sustainable products and people that the country has to offer
We run workshops to educate the youth about problems within the environment and how to sustainably overcome them
We raise money for local environmental charities
We provide support and guidance to anyone that requires a helping hand in the environmental field. Whether it is searching for investment, help with contacting officials, and even online marketing promotion.
Like many of us, we traveled the world in our 20s. Between us, we traveled to every continent on earth, bar Antarctica, and experienced beautiful cultures, epic scenery, and extraordinary wildlife along the way. One thing resonated with us both throughout our travels… The state of the environment is getting worse!
Everywhere we went, from the epic Scottish Highlands, to tranquil Thai beaches and vibrant Colombian streets, we noticed severe environmental problems. Plastic waste was rife nearly everywhere. Air pollution sometimes unbearable. And the destruction of forests was heartbreakingly common. Yes, these problems existed when we were children, but have become so much more extreme as our lives go on.
Climate change is here and now, the first countries to bore the brunt will be the poorest in the world, many of which we both spent the last 11 years exploring. It is not beyond the realms of possibility that some of the communities we visited, will not be there in 40 years' time.
WE HAD TO DO SOMETHING!
So we started Growing Green Communities!
We wanted to start an organisation that:
1. Taught communities in impoverished regions of the world about their environments, why it is important to look after them, and how they can be more sustainable in the future
2. Promote eco-minded business and organizations
3. Lobbied governments within those countries to more environmentally friendly policies