We recently challenged school children in year groups 5 – 11 to imagine themselves 30 years in the future, sending a message back reporting on the effects climate change has had by 2047. With the chance to win a trip for their whole class to go the Eden Project with our CEO Juliet Davenport to learn more about sustainability, the children had to present us their ‘message from the future’ in the form of a story, letter, video or a piece of artwork.
We received some wonderful, creative efforts, all of which demonstrated the research the children had put into understanding the environmental and ecological issues in the world today and how these could affect their lives in the future if they aren’t addressed. There was some inventive thinking in how the entries were presented too – parodies of popular songs with the lyrics rewritten to talk about climate change, leaflets with focuses on changes in local wildlife, and letters detailing future lives were all sent to us. You can see the shortlisted entries here.
However, there could only be one winner. We put it to the public to vote for their favourite entry, and they chose…
Class 8A from St Philomena’s Catholic High School for Girls!
We – and the voting public – were very impressed with their imaginative approach. 8A created a video which showed them Facetiming their future selves to discuss how climate change had affected them, demonstrating an understanding not only of the environmental issues, but also of how we can use technology to communicate with one another about what can be done about them.
Watch the winning entry
Their Geography teacher, Dr Sophie Cabral, had this to say about the girls’ win:
“The girls are ecstatic about winning this competition. They worked so hard researching, planning and creating the entry, so are delighted to have won. They are passionate about the environment and tackling climate change and so are excited about the prize to the Eden Project to learn more about sustainability. The competition was a wonderful opportunity to work with our classes in a really innovative and creative way to support learning in our Year 8 Geography curriculum.”
Congratulations to class 8A. Enjoy your trip to the Eden Project later this year!