Students shortlisted for Amazon climate change trip

Finlay Milner and Samuel Shuttleworth who are hoping to head to the Amazon rainforest.
Finlay Milner and Samuel Shuttleworth who are hoping to head to the Amazon rainforest.
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A DUO from Durham University are one step closer to an adventure in the Amazon Rainforest.

The pair have been shortlisted as finalists of npower’s national Future Leaders competition, which is a quest to find the country’s top students with a passion for “green” issues and who can inspire people to live more sustainable lives.

All finalists are hoping to clinch one of the eight places on a trip of a lifetime to the Amazon Rainforest, to witness the effects of climate change first-hand and live with an indigenous tribe for a week.

Engineering students, Finlay Milner and Samuel Shuttleworth, formed their team, Student Grub, and entered the competition earlier this year, putting forward their idea for a sustainable project in the city.

Finlay said: “We applied for the competition as we thought the project was interesting and the topic of environmental responsibility was something we would like to get involved in.

“We especially thought the trip to the Amazon prize for the winners would be a fantastic experience.”

The pair were told at the start of June they had been successfully shortlisted as one of the final 11 teams, and have since been on a team-building exercise to help develop their environmental knowledge and leadership skills, which will be needed to deliver their project over the next five months.

The winners will also be offered a summer internship with the company, where they can gain work experience across many different business areas.

Dave Horton, from npower, said: “We want to attract young people with drive and passion, who are committed to learning about climate change, and discovering new solutions to tackle its effects.”

The team will find out in November if they have won a place on the trip.