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9th Worthing & Adur Eco Summit at Davison High School for Girls a success

Wed 22 Jun 2016
British Kite Flying Champion Lewis Crathern demonstrating the power of the wind.
Pupils working with engineers to find solutions to rising sea levels in 'The Tide is High' workshop run by Shoreham Port Authority and HOP.

The 9th Worthing & Adur Eco Summit hosted by Davison CE High School for Girls took place on Tuesday 21 June. This year the event had a very topical Climate Change theme. 

Around 250 Eco Warriors from 18 different schools attended the Eco Summit event where they heard from Key Note Speaker Emma Pinchbeck (Head of Climate Change and Energy - WWF UK) 10 surprising things about Climate Change that she has learned in her job. Pupils then split into small groups where they attended a number of fun and interactive workshop sessions many of which had a Climate Change theme or linked their environmental or sustainability themed workshops to current Climate issues.

Workshops covered a range of themes including Energy; Transport; Water; Waste and Biodiversity. Pupils learnt about important environment and sustainability issues in fun and interactive ways including creating; designing; planting; music; kite flying; games; making a movie; experiments with engineers; bug hunting; food tasting; making bread; and quizzes.

Workshops were run by number of local Environmental Educators along with various local organisations keen to connect with school children on these important issues including: The Southern Co-operative; Shoreham Port & Hemsley Orrell Partnership; Brighton & Hove Bus Company; Farming & Countryside Education & Plumpton College; Southern Water; and National Trust Slindon Estate. Davison Pupils and staff also ran a workshop on the challenges faced by animals in an ever changing environment, and local British Kitesurfing Champion Lewis Crathern had perfect weather conditions to demonstrate the power of wind through his kite flying workshop.

This year, Shoreham’s Ropetackle Arts Centre actively supported the Summit, introducing a number of leading businesses keen to put their weight behind it - Brighton & Hove Bus Company, Shoreham Port Authority, Hemsley Orrell Partnership (Engineers), DMH Stallard (regional law firm) and Oakley Commercial (surveyors). Ropetackle Chairman, Martin Allen, was keen to emphasize the importance of both business and the arts in the part they can play in helping to engage young people in understanding the critical issues we face due to climate change, and in coming up with ideas for addressing them.

There was a Climate Change Art Competition presentation by Ropetackle Arts Centre & Shoreham Port Authority with winning pupils from two E.Y.E. Project 'member' schools Chatsmore Catholic High School and Thomas a Becket Junior School each receiving a cheque for £125 towards their school eco initiatives kindly donated by Shoreham Port Authority.  The winning pupils from these schools and also winning pupils from Eastbrook Primary Academy all received art supplies for their future masterpieces. Their wonderful artwork delivered clear Climate Change messages and these were displayed, along with all other entries at the event. There will also be a follow up exhibition of the Climate Change artwork submitted by local schools at an Exhibition at the Ropetackle Arts Centre in October. Further details will follow.

In addition there was also an Eco Video Competition for E.Y.E. Project 'member ' schools. Shoreham College won £40 gardening vouchers donated by Zenergi for their video showing inspiring eco activities within school such as an energy saving initiative to buy an acre of rainforest.

Each of the 16 workshop leaders gave a brief summary of the focus of their workshop sessions in a Plenary session which rounded up the day.

Cllr. Bridges, the Chairman of Adur; Cllr Pat Arculus, the Chairman of West Sussex County Council, and the Youth Mayor, David Price were some of the guests invited to the day. Tim Loughton, M.P for East Worthing and Adur welcomed pupils to the day and actively participated in workshop sessions.

At the end of the day pupils were asked to write comments about their day on cardboard leaves which were then hung on a dead tree, bringing it 'back to life'.

Here are just some of the wonderful pupil feedback comments:

‘Best school day ever’

‘It was really nice! The things we learned were useful and now I’ll find a way to save the planet!’

‘The E.Y.E. Project Eco Summit was a fun, unique way to learn about staying environmentally friendly and making a difference. I really enjoyed it!

‘Today I had loads of fun learning about the environment and how we can change the world –I’m an Eco warrior!

‘I promise that I will do my bit, turn lights off, make something out of rubbish and spread awareness because every voice counts’

‘I enjoyed learning how we can keep our environment sustainable’

‘Today we learnt about Climate Change, and how it is melting the polar ice caps and the effect on the ocean rising. I enjoyed everything that we did today, it was magnificent.’

‘I learnt that I can make a difference’

‘I really enjoyed everything at today’s Eco Summit as it was a great learning experience and lots of fun too!

‘Adventurous, exciting, fun, amazing, well organised’

‘I think I might come here in Year 7 – its an amazing school’

‘This day has been enjoyable and all the Davison children have helped us. Thank you’

‘I thought today was amazing. I learnt a lot. I loved coming today! Thank you for having me’

‘I’ve had a great day thank you. You should do that again definitely next year.’

Quotes from teachers and teaching assistant's:

'Considering the size of the event it was extremely well organised and the children had a great time.'

'Thank you for a brilliant day - the kids were so so so inspired and excited to make changes at school.'

'It really was a great day and we all felt very inspired.'

'I wanted to say a big thank you for today. The students thoroughly enjoyed the day. The workshops were interesting and informative and definitely got the students talking about the issue of climate change. It also ran very smoothly – congratulations to you and Davison’s!

'We had an amazing day. Thank you. The students really enjoyed the workshops.'

Quotes from workshop leaders:

'Well done for an excellent event, we need these Eco Summits all over the county, no country, no world!'

'Thank you for inviting me to be part of the Eco Summit again in Worthing. I really enjoyed the event as always and I felt like the children gained a lot from the whole experience.'

'Wonderful mix of workshops, great buzz and energy to the event, it really made the children feel important, which of course they are!'

'The children looked as though they really enjoyed the day, key note speaker was excellent and grabbed the children's (and our) attention.'


Thank you to Davison High School for Girls for hosting this event and to their ambassador pupils who helped on the day.

In March of this year The Littlehampton Academy hosted their annual E.Y.E. Project Eco Summit for their feeder schools, and Chichester schools are being invited to a first Chichester Eco Summit event in the Autumn which this year is being hosted by The Weald & Downland Open Air Museum.

The E.Y.E. Project was established in 2008 by Tim Loughton, M.P. for East Worthing and Adur and is sponsored by The Southern Co-operative and supported by the Ernest Cook Trust.

Key Note speaker Emma Pinchbeck from WWF UK giving a Climate Change talk
Challenges faced by animals in an ever changing environment workshop run by Davison pupils and staff
Energy Champion Training workshop run by Sustainable Business CIC
Tim Loughton, MP for East Worthing & Adur with Cllr. Bridges, the Chairman of Adur; Cllr Pat Arculus, the Chairman of West Sussex County Council in a workshop creating planets out of waste found on beaches

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Eco Warriors at the 9th Worthing & Adur Eco Summit at Davison CE High School for Girls