The competition is now closed for entries. To all that entered, we wish you the best of luck.

Why having your voice heard matters  

Every voice matters in the fight against climate change, but young people’s futures will be most affected by the decisions and actions we make today. That’s why we’re giving young visionaries a platform to share their hopes with the world, and celebrating the young minds standing up for a greener future. 

It’s crucial that we all shift towards a more sustainable way of life, including using clean and green energy to both power and preserve our world. The transition to clean energy is critical to help us achieve the important climate change goal of reaching net zero by 2050. 

This is because energy is vital to every aspect of our lives. We use it to light and heat our homes, to power our computers and phones, to keep us connected with work and loved ones. We rely on it to keep us safe, to keep our hospitals running, our schools open and our water flowing. 

National Grid is focused on finding ways to deliver cleaner, greener energy, and we’ve made our own commitments to the environment ahead of COP26. 


The prizes 

The four finalists: 

Two primary school and two secondary school winners will have the opportunity to showcase their vision for a greener world via a speech that will be premiered digitally at COP26.  

Each of the four winners will win £150 worth of National Book Tokens and Green Science toys, as well as a £5,000 grant for their school to put towards climate change and STEM-related initiatives.  

Winners will also receive a VIP shoot with a professional film crew to record their speech for COP26 and be given coaching to create the best speech they can. 

Six runners up: 

Six runners up will receive a £50 National Book Tokens gift card for taking part. 


If I’m selected as a finalist, what happens next?  

If you are lucky enough to be selected as one of our 10 finalists, we will contact your parent/guardian between 1st September 2021 to 3rd September 2021 to let them know. 

You’ll then need to be available between 1st September and 16th September to be filmed remotely by National Grid, reading your 200-word submission to camera via a video call service such as Microsoft Teams.  


What do I need to do if I win?  

Please read the following carefully:

If you’re selected as one of our four winners, you will then need to build upon your 200-word entry to create a two-to-five-minute speech – this is what we will present at COP26 and is an essential part of the competition process. You will not be able to win the competition without completing this step!  

You and your parent/guardian or another adult, will then need to be available for your VIP shoot experience where we will film and photograph you in person. This can be done at your school or any other suitable location between 4th October 2021 and 19th October 2021. 

The four lucky winners will be announced on Wednesday 20th October 2021. 

Read the full competition terms and conditions

Frequently Asked Questions

Got a question about the competition? Find out more in our FAQs.

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Educational Resources

National Grid has partnered with Sustainability First - an educational charity dedicated to advancing knowledge of sustainability - to put together a range of interdisciplinary educational primary school workshops on sustainability and climate change, called ‘Together for a fair climate future. There are videos and workshop instructions on various topics such as ‘Let’s get wise about waste’ and ‘Our changing world’.

Where does electricity come from?

“Where does electricity come from?” with Maddie Moate

This video is ideal for helping kids of primary school age to understand some of the topics surrounding climate change and electricity.

Children’s TV presenters Maddie Moate and Greg Foot discover how electricity gets around the UK, and what “Net Zero” actually means.

Watch the video