The E.Y.E. (Eco Young and Engaged) Project ran its first Eco Summit at the Weald and Downland Museum just outside Chichester yesterday. Previously they have run nine Eco Summits in the Worthing and Adur area. We were asked to deliver three Energy Matters workshops at the Summit for Your Energy Sussex.
Next year Chichester High School will host an annual Eco Summit and become a hub for their Primary feeder schools. Over 100 children and their teachers from the following schools had a fantastic day at this stunning Open Air Museum is an open-air museum:
- Chichester High School
- Slindon College
- Boxgrove CofE Primary School
- Jessie Younghusband School
- Tangmere Primary Academy
- Oakwood Preparatory School
- Fishbourne CE Primary School
This Eco Summit offered the children a variety of environmental and sustainability themed workshops covering a range of themes including Energy; Water; Waste; Biodiversity; Global Citizenship; The Ocean and Food. A Key note speech is being given the West Sussex County Council Waste Prevention team. Pupils learnt about important environment and sustainability issues in fun and interactive ways including creating; planting; experimenting; food tasting; games 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; Your Energy Sussex; Sussex Green Living; The Body Shop; Staunton Country Park on behalf of Portsmouth Water; Chichester Harbour Conservancy; Transition Chichester and Weald & Downland Open Air Museum.
We took our Climate Awareness careers stand to the Summit. This stand highlights the problems of climate change, the exponential growth of low carbon industries such as solar, wind and lithium battery development and sales. It also stresses the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects as the foundations of the industrial and corporate world. While these are some of the most important subjects, students often overlook them, it is a skill-set that is in high demand by employers.
STEM skills are essential and contribute to the UKs global position as the sixth largest
manufacturer, as well as producing 10% of the world’s scientific research. Engineering alone accounts for £800bn annually. Perhaps most excitingly, STEM students can potentially earn amongst the highest salaries of all new recruits.
We offer workshops and fun sessions for schools and children’s groups on a variety of ‘greener living’ subjects linked to the National Curriculum, more information can be seen here. We also offer talks for adults – groups, communities, events and staff in the place of work, read more here.
To learn more about the E.Y.E. Eco Summit visit their website here http://www.eyeproject.co.uk/
We want you, the people of Sussex, to take some ownership of www.sussexgreenliving.co.uk. Forward your suggestions for events, videos, parks and green spaces etc to be added to “your” site.
“Greening Sussex by Sussex families”