LIGC was created by a team of alumni (ex-students) of the MSc at Oxford University's Environmental Change Institute (or Unit as it was in our day!). We initially worked with the current ECI staff to create their first course for younger students. For 2019 we are delighted to be joined by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) and the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) in offering new, unique, learning opportunities for school-age students.

Our aim is to bring our knowledge and experience of sustainability and other global issues issues, as encountered in our many and varied careers, to the next generation. We are aiming to attract teenagers from all over the world, and all kinds of backgrounds, to learn with us, and speak directly with academics and experts at the ECI, EMF and CAT. Our hope is to share our passion and hope for the future, and pass on the baton for some of the hard work! We also want to share our lovely city of Oxford - and show you some bits that the tourists don't usually get round to seeing. And we want to offer you a unique opportunity to spend time in an old slate quarry in the Welsh Mountains!

(Note the all male pic above - that was taken at the end of a course at the wonderful G&D's Ice Cream parlour near the ECI. The boys had already finished their celebration ice creams, and were ready for a pic, while the girls were still savouring theirs!)

This course isn't all about facts and figures - that's what school, and the internet, is for. It is about thinking - carefully and clearly - to come to a personal appreciation of how to navigate all the information that we are faced with about our futures, and how to use that information in our own decision making, and to influence others.

And it isn't all about doom and gloom. It is about saying - ok, so humankind has a few problems. But we are perfectly capable of doing something about it, and if we think clearly, and communicate effectively, and work together we can tackle this.

LIGC Ltd is a non profit. We want to make the course as widely available as possible and so will offer as many hardship support places as possible each year.


Dr Lisa Robins

"The LIGC is a win-win for the ECI and for youth leaders – it’s terrific for ECI staff to interact with young people with a passion for the environment, and a great opportunity for the students to actively engage with the world of academia."

ECI MSc 1995

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Dr Kim Polgreen

"LIGC is such an wonderful opportunity for any young person. I am so impressed that busy academics are passionate enough to take time and care in helping the next generation understand the relevance of these big issues to their future lives."

ECI MSc 1995


Here at LIGC we really support the privacy regulations and respect your privacy. We therefore make sure that we carefully protect and respect any data you share with us. Our privacy statement tries to cover all the things we do now, and some that we hope to do in the near future. You can find it here.