​​‘CLEAN-UP AND CREATE’ a Bright New Future’

Educational competition for schools and children working from home!

Sussex Green Living in partnership with the South Downs National Park have just launched an educational competition called ‘CLEAN-UP AND CREATE’ a Bright New Future’. It has been designed to provide a platform for raising awareness about the environment, littering and changes we could make to build a bright new future. The challenge​ is​ for 5 to 16 year olds to design a poster and or a piece of eco art and associated message, enable them to learn, have fun and get creative around the ​w​orld they want. There are 16 x £150 prizes to be won!

At this time more than ever people need hope, to dream and visualise the bright and sustainable future we could build. They need to imagine another World, not the one we are currently living in. Some children will choose to focus on littering, others cleaning up the oceans, whilst those worried about climate change a bright new future – they can interpret cleaning up the world in whichever way inspires them. There is no size limit on their art! The timing of this competition will help inspire and entertain children during lockdown and beyond, the deadline is 10th July. The World is at a compulsory halt, people are seeing reduced emissions, amazing changes in the natural world, making lifestyle changes like growing their own food and backyard chickens. Children and adults have time to stop and reflect, to use their imagination, dream and create a vision of the future. Please share this with schools, home schoolers, children and young people.

At this time more than ever people need hope, to dream and visualise the bright and sustainable future we could build. They need to imagine another World, not the one we are currently living in. Some children will choose to focus on littering, others cleaning up the oceans, whilst those worried about climate change a bright new future – they can interpret cleaning up the world in whichever way inspires them. The timing of this competition will help inspire and entertain children during lockdown and beyond, the revised deadline is 30th October 12 noon. The World is at a compulsory halt, people are seeing reduced emissions, amazing changes in the natural world, making lifestyle changes like growing their own food and backyard chickens. Children and adults have time to stop and reflect, to use their imagination, dream and create a vision of the future. The competition is open to schools, uniformed groups and pupils working from home based in Hampshire and Sussex with entrants being between 5 and 16 years of age.

The 2 main competition categories are:
An eco-art sculpture – must be made of litter or unwanted waste resources, the focus of your art and accompanying thought provoking message is your choice – no size limit.
A poster – may include waste resources but this is not a requirement. It needs to communicate environmental problems and or solutions, it could be cleaning-up the world in relation to littering, plastic pollution in our oceans, climate change and or a the bright new future you want to see. Your vision of homes of the future, what your street could look like, the changes you would like to see to your town, your World ….. you have a blank piece of paper so off you go! – no size limit.

16 x £150 prizes to be won. The 2 entry types are further broken down into 8 sub-categories:

    • Key stage 1
    • Key stage 2
    • Primary school collaboration (cross-age groups such as the eco-council or whole school submissions)
    • Key stage 3
    • Key stage 4
    • Secondary school collaboration (cross age groups such as the eco-council or whole school submissions)
    • Individual submissions
    • Uniformed groups including scouts, girl guides, army, sea and air cadets under 17 years old.

Photos of eco art, accompanying messages, posters and the entry form should be emailed to mark.rose@southdownstrust.org.uk by 12 noon on Friday 30th October 2020.

Then please share the photos in the social media tagging @SouthDownsTrust Facebook and Twitter, @SussexGreenLiving on Facebook and @Sussexgreen on Twitter using hashtags at the end of posts #CleanUpCreateArt #SouthDownsTrustCreateArt.

Please email Carrie Cort, Sussex Green Living – cort@sussexgreenliving.co.uk if you have any queries about the competition.

Example art – could your art create change for the better in your community?

Children may choose to use their existing knowledge and ideas and or explore the environmental educational resources below – these can be downloaded as a PDF here.

We are adding lots of creative upcycling arty ideas on our Facebook page too…..https://www.facebook.com/pg/SussexGreenLiving/posts/

Conservation Optimism – Inspiring conservation success stories – https://conservationoptimism.org/kids-corner/

Eco Schools https://www.eco-schools.org.uk/

Helping Hand litter picking kit for schools https://www.hhenvironmental.co.uk/

Keep Britain Tidy – Great British Spring Clean (postponed until 11-27.09.20) https://www.keepbritaintidy.org/home/

South Downs National Park Authority Clean up and create competition https://www.southdownstrust.org.uk/clean-up/

Sussex Green Living climate education https://www.sussexgreenliving.co.uk/green-education/

Surfers Against Sewage

The E.Y.E. Project https://eyeproject.co.uk/

Wastebuster environmental education https://www.wastebuster.co.uk/

E.Y.E. Eco Summit – Home Eco Learning Activities – https://eyeproject.co.uk/news/home-eco-learning-activities

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

Nelson Mandela
Former President Of South Africa