YOUNGSTERS in Warwickshire can take a stand against climate change and win £2,500 for their school in the process.
Children and young people in Coventry and Warwickshire are being invited to submit their ideas on what it means to be a climate change hero as part of the Young Green Shoots competition run by Warwickshire County Council and Coventry City Council.
Young Green Shoots is open to any young person aged four to 19 who is in full-time education and lives or goes to school in the region.
One winner from each of four age categories will receive £2,500 from Warwickshire County Council’s Green Shoots Community Fund for their school or college to spend on climate change related projects – such as planting trees or establishing wildflower gardens, encouraging pupils to switch to walking or cycling to school, and installing renewable energy options or electrical vehicle charging points.
The winners and runners-up in each category will also have their work showcased at the forthcoming Coventry and Warwickshire Climate Change Summit, to be held at the University of Warwick in March.
This event will bring together public sector organisations from across the region, alongside representatives from the private, voluntary and community sectors, to declare a united commitment to fight climate change and to develop plans to become carbon neutral by 2050 or sooner.
Young Green Shoots aims to teach children and young people about climate change through creativity, and for their contributions on climate change to be heard. They can enter either by submitting a short piece of writing or a drawing.
Warwickshire County Council’s environment spokeswoman Coun Heather Timms said: “Anyone can be a climate change hero, whether they are doing big things that impact the whole world, or smaller things that make a difference to just one home.
“We know that children and young people can have fantastic imaginations, so we want to hear their ideas. The Young Green Shoots competition is a way for young people to learn about climate change through creativity, to contribute to discussions about the environment and become advocates for positive change.
“We’re offering the £2,500 from our Green Shoots Community Fund to the winners’ schools because we believe that our communities have a vital role to play in making sure Coventry and Warwickshire reduce carbon emissions. This is part of our commitment to creating a Child Friendly Warwickshire, so we want to inspire children and young people to take action, supported by their schools, parents, carers and communities of course, and create lasting and positive change for their futures”.
Visit www.childfriendlywarwickshire.co.uk for more information, or to enter. The deadline for entries is February 27.