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Young eco-warriors share green initiatives at schools summit

Thu 24 Jan 2013

150 young eco-warriors from 10 primary schools in the Littlehampton district will be sharing their schools’ ‘green’ initiatives and learning from the experts at one of two eco summits being organised by the E.Y.E Project in West Sussex.

Short for ‘Eco. Young. Engaged’, the E.Y.E Project’s new event, to be held at The Littlehampton Academy on 14 March, has been developed following the success of its annual eco-summit held in Worthing and Adur district, now in its 6th year (to be held on 30 April). E.Y.E Project Co-ordinator Polly Wise explained: “Established by Tim Loughton, M.P. for East Worthing and Adur, as a way of engaging local schools in environmental and sustainability learning and experiences, each year the schools registered with the E.Y.E. Project - currently 30 primary and secondary - come together at an annual eco-summit.”

The E.Y.E. Project was approached last year by West Sussex Environment and Climate Change Board to roll its successful model out across the county. In order to assist with this, The Southern Co-operative is supporting the project, as Ted Merdler, Head of Brand Engagement and Communications at The Southern Co-operative, explained: “Working with partners across the areas in which we trade to safeguard the environment is an important part of our co-operative ethos. The E.Y.E. Project is an exciting venture for us to be involved in, and reflects our own objectives with the advantage that it captures young children’s’ enthusiasm to make a positive difference to tomorrow’s world.”Pupils will be able to choose from 12 environmental workshops covering topics such as Fairtrade, being water wise, composting, recycling, healthy eating, supporting wildlife, caring for the marine environment, wind power, playing musical instruments made from recycled materials and making up ‘green’ songs’. In addition to The Southern Co-operative’s support, companies and organisations running workshops on the day include Ecover, Southern Water, Sussex Wildlife Trust, The Body Shop and Koolskools. A workshop being led by Davison High School for Girls aims to make a giant ‘eco quilt’ from recycled rubbish to enter into the Wastebusters Sew Sussex competition and St Andrews High School for Boys will be showing how to make wind turbines and measure how much electricity they can generate. Environmentalist and West Sussex resident Nicola Peel is the eco-summmit’s guest speaker, discussing her work in the Amazon to help its indigenous people overcome challenges that large oil companies have presented them with.

Sara Hopkins, Community Liaison Manager at The Littlehampton Academy said, "We are really pleased to be hosting the EYE Project Eco Summit. Our local primary schools take their eco responsibilities very seriously and this is a wonderful way to celebrate the work the children have already done and to introduce them to key people and organisations in the wider community who share the same passion. It has been extremely valuable to work with Polly Wise from the project and The Southern Cooperative in putting a day on this scale together. We couldn't have contemplated it without their expertise and are very much looking forward to an exciting and interesting summit!”

To find out how your school could get involved in the E.Y.E. Project, visit or call Polly Wise on 01903 202 268.

Photo: Pupils, led by Time Machine Fun, recycle components to rebuild equipment at the 2012 Worthing and Adur EYE Project eco-summit

Photo L to R: Teresa Williams, Event Co-ordinator at The Southern Co-operative; Sara Hopkins, Community Liaison Manager at The Littlehampton Academy and Polly Wise, E.Y.E project Co-ordinator

For more information about this press release, please contact Sophie Boxall, Press & Publicity Co-ordinator at The Southern Co-operative on 023 9222 2591, or Jessica Hughes, Brand Engagement and Communications Manager at The Southern Co-operative on 02392 222 592,

The Southern Co-operative is an independently owned regional Co-operative Society based in southern England with 168 community stores across Avon, Berkshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Somerset, Surrey, Sussex and Wiltshire. Funeral care and floristry is also part of The Southern Co-operative’s business. Community involvement is paramount to the success of The Southern Co-operative’s business and includes fundraising for local charities, supporting environmental and community owned organisations and working with local food producers.