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Young people invited to an Eco-Challenge

11 December 2020

​Young Islanders are being asked to produce creative pieces of work which reflect how they feel about the environment, climate change and biodiversity.

The Eco Challenge invites Islanders aged 11-18 to paint, draw, write, film, compose, or create any other form of art while considering questions, including: 

  • what do you imagine when you think of climate change?
  • what does climate change mean to you?
  • how have you been affected by climate change?
  • do you think COVID-19 has impacted Jersey’s environment? If so, how?

Entries submitted by email by 1 April could win a prize donated by Valley Adventures.

Entries will be judged by the Assistant Environment Minister, Deputy Jess Perchard, artist Ian Rolls, photographer Matt Porteous, and poet Traci O’Dea. 

Assistant Environment Minister, Deputy Jess Perchard, said: “The Eco Challenge was conceived by two of our Island’s young people and is a clear demonstration of their enthusiasm for the protection of our planet. As Government, it’s right that we facilitate such initiatives to show our commitment both to them and to their future world.

“The Eco Challenge provides an excellent opportunity to for 11-18-year-olds to share their concerns about climate change through art, the written word, and film. The threats to our planet are real, and it has been our young people who have led the way in putting these issues at the forefront of government minds across the globe.” 

“I am delighted to be supporting the Eco Challenge and look forward to judging the entries.”

The Carbon Neutral Strategy, which was published 12 months ago, included a commitment to ask young people for their views on how Jersey could achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.

The eco active Eco Challenge is part of an Island-wide engagement with schools, youth groups and Jersey Youth Service to give young people a creative platform to share their feelings about climate change and how they feel it is affecting the Island.

Entries can be submitted using the online application form, accessed here.

Photo: Judges left to right: Matt Porteous, Ian Rolls and Traci O’Dea. 

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