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.