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Eco active challenge for young people

In May 2019 the States Assembly declared a climate emergency. They asked for a plan to aim to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030. Carbon neutrality means achieving net zero carbon dioxide emissions. This will mean balancing Jersey's emissions with activities which remove carbon, such as growing trees.

Jersey’s common strategic priorities include: ‘we will put children first’. We believe it is important to engage with young people, and ensure the voices of young people and children are heard. The climate emergency is of particular importance due to its long-term effects on current and future generations. All youth engagement surrounding this topic will feed back into Jersey’s long-term climate action plan.

The eco challenge provides a creative way for young people to engage with Jersey’s climate emergency. We are asking young people to create something which will express their views on Jersey’s climate crisis. This can be either written or visual.

eco challenge criteria

eco active introduced the eco challenge to encourage young people to express their views on climate change. This was to allow young people to think creatively about the climate and biodiversity crises here in Jersey. 

Young people were encouraged to think outside of the box and communicate using any visual or written medium. This included photography, painting, poetry, short stories and film.

Entry eligibility

The eco challenge was open to all secondary school aged children, aged 11 to 18. 

There were three judging categories based on school year groups:

  • category 1: Years 7 to 9
  • category 2: Years 10 to 11 (GCSE, or equivalent) 
  • category 3: Years 12 to 13 (A Levels, or equivalent)

Deadline

This challenge is now closed. An exhibition is planned in May 2021 (TBC). 

Thank you for all your entries. Winners will be announced on Thursday 19 April 2021. 

Judges

  • Environment Minister John Young
  • Ian Rolls (artist)
  • Traci O’Dea (author and poet)
  • Matt Porteous (photographer and videographer)

Prizes

There will be prizes awarded for each category, as well as an overall award for Best Entry.

First prize includes a half day Outdoor Adventure Experience with Valley Adventure for the whole class. The winner will be able to choose activities of their choice.

All entries will receive a complimentary packet of pollinator seeds to help improve Jersey’s biodiversity.

If you have any queries, email eco active

Follow the eco active Jersey Facebook and the climate conversation instagram for updates on the Eco Challenge, entries and exhibition. We will announce the winners on here.

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