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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.


An exhibition will be held on the 14 to 15 May in Liberty Wharf from 10.30am to 6pm.  It will showcase some of the entries from young people. 

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.


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


Overall winner: ‘Coral Dress’ – Jasmine Furness 

Category 1 winner: ‘Paper dress’ – Molly McGinnety 

Category 1 Commendation: ‘Puffin’ – Nina Blacharska 

Category 1 Commendation: : ‘House Eco: Polluted Planet’– Ava Hadjam  

Category 2 winner: ‘Mother Earth’ – Mariella Gouveia  

Category 2 Commendation:  ‘What have we learnt’ – Henry Humpleby  

Category 2 Commendation: ‘Eco Wishlist’ - Yasmin Forbes  

Category 3 winner: ‘Freedom Tree 2072’– Matthew Brown  

Category 3 Commendation:  ‘Be the Change’ (video) - Katie White  

Category 3 Commendation: ‘Humanity’ - Nicole Marques  

Category 3 Commendation: ‘Coffee dress’ – Beth Cooper, Tia Quinn, Cara Williams  

Category 3 Commendation: ‘Deforestation dress’ – Naomi Balderson 

First prize was a half day Outdoor Adventure Experience with Valley Adventure for the whole class. All entries received a complimentary packet of pollinator seeds to help improve Jersey’s biodiversity, curtesy of Normans.

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