Our new podcast: Ask an Activist

We’ve been talking to young activists from around the UK who are taking action to encourage positive change. They’ve shared with us their experiences as environmental campaigners, elected politicians, and anti-racist and peace activists. Ask an Activist is a series full of stories, tips and tricks to encourage young people to get active about causes they care about.

Ask an Activist is an online resource that complements our Under Pressure teaching pack, which explores how pressure groups operate.

Listen to our 15-minute conversations below to get inspired:

CNDPE asks… Angelo Cardona, Colombian Human Rights Defender

Angelo has been a peace activist since the age of 11! Now aged 24, he works all around the world on issues of peace, conflict resolution and human rights.

In this episode, Angelo tells us about what is was like growing up amidst violent conflict, about how the United Nations (UN) works, and about all of the youth-led initiatives for peace he is a part of.


CNDPE asks… Eva McQuade, dED_UCATION

Eva is a peace activist and is active in dED_UCATION a network for young people working to demilitatise education.

Eva shares her experience fighting for justice, including campaigns against universities’ military investments, and tells us how the peace movement isn’t just a cause for older people to get behind!


Charlie Sweetman pic

CNDPE asks… Charlie Sweetman, climate activist and MYP

Charlie is a 14-year old Member of Youth Parliament (MYP) for West Wiltshire who also works with the UK Student Climate Network and Teach The Future.

He shares his experiences inside and outside of formal politics, as well as working with other activists young and old to engage communities in rural Wiltshire.


CNDPE asks… Megan Shone, Halton Youth Cabinet

Following the sudden death of a friend, Megan and others in Halton set up a campaign for water safety. Megan tells us how the campaign took shape, the lessons she has learnt through campaigning and about the positive impact her work has had in her community.

Listen to hear more about finding your own voice and turning personal hardships into a positive change!


CNDPE asks… Anya Ramamurthy, climate activist

Climate activist and Quaker, Anya, plays an important part in multiple campaigns. She works for a Green New Deal, strikes for the Climate and campaigns to Build Back Better.

We talked about doing activism with your friends, and and making friends through your activism. Anya also talks about finding your own strengths within movements for change.


CNDPE asks… Ella & Amy Meek, Kids Against Plastic

Amy and Ella set up Kids Against Plastic in 2016 to address the problem of plastic pollution. Their mission to make a difference started out as a home-school project and has since become an award-winning charity.

We talked about how young people can influence change, engage with businesses and share skills.


Picture of Alice Towle, Youth Mayor of Bristol. Alice is a white person with thick rimmed black glasses and dark hair.
CNDPE asks… Alice Towle, Bristol’s Youth Mayor

Alice Towle is one of Bristol’s elected Youth Mayors, who advise and accompany the Mayor of Bristol.

Find out what a Youth Mayor gets up to, Alice’s work on international co-operation and equality, as well as the shortcomings of council websites!