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Planning of the Eighth Eco-Summit is currently underway and more information will follow...

Wed 11 Mar 2015

..but in the meantime this is what happened at last year’s Seventh Eco-Summit.

More than 200 environmentally minded students from 15 Sussex schools took part in the Seventh Eco Summit at Shoreham Academy last June which was the largest to date. The summit raised environmental awareness for future generations and was attended by students from Worthing, Ferring, Lancing, Shoreham, Littlehampton and Arundel.

The event run by the E.Y.E. Project and was kindly supported by Southern Cooperative. The founder of the project Tim Loughton, MP for East Worthing & Shoreham attended“Protecting our environment is a key concern for our young people and this project is all about sharing good practice and making sure that everyone is doing their bit for the environment. As the project expands across West Sussex we are planning additional events to engage local communities in becoming more environmentally conscious and learning how everyone can make a difference”.

Students shared environmental ideas and reported on what they had been doing in their schools and communities.

Council dignitaries from Worthing, Adur, West Sussex and Lancing attended, alongside other VIP guests.

Young eco warriors took part in 15 workshops which ranged from tips on how to save a beached dolphin to making musical instruments from salvaged items and playing them. They learned how to grow vegetables in sustainable plant pots made from paper and how to start a community garden. There were lessons is tree planting and woodcraft, and a talk about how cutting waste and recycling was not a new idea, but one born in a time when resources were scarce. Southern Water provided an informative breakdown of how water is used in the home and what the students could do to reduce their water footprint. Other workshops covered reducing waste and enhancing biodiversity, and top kite surfer Lewis Crathern spoke about wind power. Nicola Peel spoke about her work reducing waste in the Amazon and making eco-bricks, which are plastic bottles packed with rubbish.

The eco-warriors left fired up, determined to make a positive difference to our planet.

Here are some pupil quotes on the day:

  • “I think we should get more schools involved! Spread the word!”
  • “I learnt a whole array of eco facts and I really enjoyed the whole day.”
  • “Awesome...”
  • “It was all planned very well and I loved it. It was really fun, especially the getting to grips with nature and recycling in WW2.”
  • “An amazing time and always worth coming to. Brilliant activities, perfect presentations and fantastic helpers, the best eco summit ever. Always educational and very good in helping children understand nature and problems that need sorting around the world.”

…and some staff quotes too:

  • “A fabulous day. Very enjoyable for all pupils of varying ages. Very practical and involving. Well done and thank you for all your hard work.”
  • “All very enjoyable and extremely well organised.”