Cornwall Council teams up with Crowdfunder to host 24-hour live Climate Challenge event

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Two community projects determined to help lower carbon emissions will be competing to raise as much money as they can in 24 hours and win match funding as part of a Cornwall Council and Crowdfunder event. 

#BacktheFutureLive: Cornwall Climate Challenge will showcase two initiatives culminating in a crowdfunding campaign broadcast live on YouTube at 7pm on Thursday, June 10.  

One project is dedicated to community based sustainable food production while the other is on a mission to transform the ocean’s most damaging plastic from waste to resource. 

The competing projects will have just 24 hours to start a campaign and raise money for their plans. During the last hour they will join the #BacktheFutureLive broadcast and find out if they will also win a share of a £10,000 funding pot from Cornwall Council. 

Viewers can find out more about the two community projects, both aimed at tackling the climate emergency, and see one of the projects take the top prize. 

There will be a panel of guest speakers and judges including former British surfing champion and environmentalist Sophie Hellyer, learning manager at School for Social Entrepreneurs Liz Wright and Crowdfunder chief executive Rob Love. The event will be hosted by Jess Ratty, Founder of Halo Marketing. 

Community Crowdfunding groups were asked to submit an Expression of Interest for the chance to be one of the shortlisted projects featured and gain the opportunity of further funding. 

The winner will be awarded with £6,000 while the runner-up will receive £4,000. 

Anyone with an idea that could make a positive environmental impact is encouraged to create a Crowdfunder campaign to be in with a chance of benefitting from the second phase of the Back the Future campaign that will take place later in the year.  They could benefit from match funding from the Council and other funders on the platform. 

Martyn Alvey, Cornwall Council’s cabinet portfolio holder for the environment and climate change, said: “We need our communities to work together and take action to lower carbon emissions. Watch #BacktheFutureLive: Cornwall Climate Challenge, to be inspired and see how people can make a positive impact through crowdfunding and the funding available from Cornwall Council. If you have your own idea, there’s extra funding on offer on Crowdfunder to turn your idea into reality.” 

The two finalists are: 

Love Land Community Field Project

Loveland, Falmouth Food Co-op’s new community field has the ambition to become a beacon of delicious, nutritious and sustainable food production as well as providing a place to reconnect with nature and each other through work, education and play. Everyone is encouraged to get their hands dirty for example by growing an orchard or forest garden, preparing fresh salads, vegetables and herbs while leaving room for wildlife to return.  


Waterhaul is a social enterprise with a mission to transform the ocean’s most damaging plastic from waste to resource. Ghost gear, made up of lost or discarded fishing nets, creates a massive problem for marine life. Waterhaul transforms this plastic into sunglasses, eyewear, and items such as litter pickers and beach cleaning knives. They want to raise awareness of this widespread and damaging issue, while showing the world that this plastic can have value once again. Their workshops will encourage positive environmental action, inspiring the next generation of environmental innovators. 

For more information and to watch #Back the Future Live: Cornwall Climate Challenge visit: 


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