Young ‘eco warriors’ attend Chichester’s first eco summit

Transition Chichester workshop pupils planting seeds in newspaper pots
Transition Chichester workshop pupils planting seeds in newspaper pots

More than 100 young ‘eco warriors’ have taken part in the first Chichester Eco Summit.

Organised by the EYE Project – Eco, Young and Engaged – the event was hosted by The Weald & Downland Open Air Museum.

Learning about food miles in the Southern Cooperative workshop

Learning about food miles in the Southern Cooperative workshop

It included a variety of environmental and sustainability themed workshops covering a range of themes including energy; water; waste; biodiversity; global citizenship; the ocean and food.

Students from Chichester High School, Slindon College, Boxgrove CE Primary School, Jessie Younghusband School, Tangmere Primary Academy, Oakwood Preparatory School and Fishbourne CE Primary School took part.

A key note speech was given by Rachel Carruthers, of West Sussex County Council’s waste prevention team, and pupils learnt the UK produces more than 200 million tons of rubbish every year, 60 per cent of which could have been reused or recycled.

Tim Loughton MP, the project’s founder and patron, attended the summit.

Exploring the kitchen garden at The Weald & Downland Open Air Museum

Exploring the kitchen garden at The Weald & Downland Open Air Museum

He said: “It was great to welcome pupils from schools in the Chichester area in to the EYE Project family as we continue successfully to extend this excellent environmental engagement initiative to every corner of West Sussex.

“As with the Worthing/Adur and Littlehampton eco summits, it was particularly good to see the enthusiasm of so many of the children wanting to learn more about how they could do their bit to help the environment locally and thus help the cause of sustainability for future generations globally.

“We are very grateful for all the new workshop providers especially who made the day such a great success at such an inspiring new venue and we look forward to returning to Chichester next year when the EYE Project celebrates its 10th anniversary bigger and better than ever.”

Interactive workshops were also held by a number of local organisations, including The Southern Co-operative, Your Energy Sussex, The Body Shop, Staunton Country Park on behalf of Portsmouth Water, Chichester Harbour Conservancy, Transition Chichester, Steve Savage and the Open Air Museum.

The event also celebrated the eco activities already carried out by some of the schools, such as recycling, growing food, Fairtrade awareness, creation of water use awareness books, running a forest school and revitalising a school pond.

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