Up to 150 young eco-warriors from primary schools across the Littlehampton district shared their schools’ ‘green’ initiatives and learning from the experts at a one day eco summit run by the E.Y.E. Project on 30 January 2015.
The E.Y.E. Project, short for ‘Eco, Young and Engaged’, was established in 2008 by Tim Loughton, M.P. for East Worthing and Adur. His aim was to bring local schools together to focus on the importance of caring for our planet and enable young people to learn about environmental matters through fun, educational activities at the eco summits. These also provide an opportunity for schools to share the ‘green’ work that they themselves undertake each year. With funding support from The Southern Co-operative, the Worthing and Adur E.Y.E. Project network, has been extended to the Littlehampton district in response to a request from the West Sussex Environment and Climate Change Board.
The summit’s key speaker was Steve Savage, and his talk was ‘One Ocean, One Planet – from Sussex to the Amazon’ which looked at our connection to the ocean and our impact on it. Children also had the choice of nine hands-on workshops. These ranged from learning about local food with The Southern Co-operative and food writer Rosemary Moon, making percussion instruments out of junk materials with Moving Sounds to saving water with Southern Water and exploring the magic and uses of milk with Farming and Countryside Education. MP Tim Loughton also joined the children for the day and complementary charities, organisations and groups exhibited and ran workshops.
Sara Hopkins, Community Liaison Manager at Littlehampton Academy, said: “The summit is a valuable opportunity for the children to be active and activists, to perhaps discover something that they may become passionate about for life. It is an excellent way for the children to meet experts in their fields and also mix with each other across the school groups, sharing their eco ideas and aspirations.“
Here are some of the comments about the day made by pupils and staff:
- “I really enjoyed Southern Water because I learnt a lot about how much water we use and we don't know how much we actually use."
- “I had a great time today my favourite thing I did was Southern Water because we cleaned water and I liked Co-operative because we tried new food."
- “I enjoyed music and how they made the instruments out of recycling.”
- “BEST DAY EVER! I really liked the moving sounds.”
- “It was really fun! I will be more careful about waste now. (The best way to learn)”
- “A fab day - a real life experience for the children. Great that it was so practical.”