In a groundbreaking initiative, the National Park Authority and Keep Wales Tidy proudly announce COPA1, the inaugural Youth Climate Summit on Yr Wyddfa, set to take place in September 2024.

This exciting event is part of the Plastic Free Yr Wyddfa project, aiming to tackle  single-use plastic pollution  through the innovative ideas of the next generation.

COPA1 hosts the first-ever youth conference held on the historic peak of Yr Wyddfa. Young minds will convene with experts to shape the Plastic Free project.

Pupils from different age ranges are invited to submit video pitches on their ‘Big Ideas’ based on themes related to communication, policy, and innovation. Shortlisted groups will attend the summit to pitch their ideas in incubator workshops on Yr Wyddfa. The winners from each category will then go on to turn their ideas into reality with a £1,500 development grant.


Alec Young the National Park Authority’s Plastic Free Yr Wyddfa Officer said:

“COPA1 is not merely an event; it is a journey toward environmental stewardship and sustainable living. By engaging young people, COPA1 aims to leave an enduring legacy of positive change in the Yr Wyddfa area and beyond.”


Tim Wort, education manager at Keep Wales Tidy, said:

“Tackling plastic pollution demands innovation and fresh perspectives. That’s why we’re excited to support COPA1, an impactful initiative empowering young minds with a groundbreaking challenge. It serves as a launchpad for action, ownership, and solutions that can truly make a difference.”


COPA1 will provide local young people with a stake in the high-profile Plastic Free Yr Wyddfa project and shape the future of the mountain. By establishing this unique platform, the Eryri National Park Authority and Keep Wales Tidy aim to mobilise the climate ambassadors of tomorrow and inspire positive change in Eryri.


Notes to Editors:

  1. For educational enquiries and more information about the competition please contact
  1. For more information about the Yr Wyddfa Plastic Free project visit the Authority’s website.
  1. For media enquiries contact Ioan Gwilym, The Authority’s Head of Communications on 01766 772253 / 07900267506 or