CREATIVE kids have been praised for their commitment to fighting the climate crisis.
Pupils from schools in Leamington, Southam and Stratford were among those to receive prizes in Young Green Shoots, a climate change competition run by Warwickshire County Council (WCC).
Children were challenged to show what being a climate hero meant to them. The competition generated over 200 entries from youngsters aged four to 15, with pieces ranging from essays, poetry, photographs, paintings and even a sculpture.
The winners of each age category were Elina Williams from Ettington Primary School, Shirley Jo Slade from Tysoe Primary School, and Oliver Peake from Lawrence Sheriff School in Rugby.
Runners-up included Penny Williams from Lillington Primary School, Lily Finch from Southam St James School, Martha Pearson from Alcester Grammar School, and Emilia Hone from North Leamington School.
The schools of the three winners will be given £2,500 from Warwickshire County Council’s Green Shoots Community Fund for their school to spend on climate change projects.
Each child received a sustainable goody-bag containing an eco-friendly water bottle, wildflower seeds, and Greta Thunberg’s book ‘No One is Too Young to Make a Difference’ for the older children and ‘Little People, Big Dreams’ for the younger ones.
WCC’s environment spokeswoman Coun Heather Timms and the competition judges met some of the winners at Ryton Pools Country Park to thank them and award their prizes.
Coun Timms said: “From the number of entries we received, and the detail that went into each and every one of them, we can firmly say that children and young people care deeply about climate change and the climate crisis.”
Visit www.warwickshireclimateemergency.org.uk for more details on Warwickshire’s efforts to tackle climate crisis.
Visit www.childfriendlywarwickshire.co.uk to find out more about Child Friendly Warwickshire.