Next generation of climate activists spread the word

Children from across the area have been helping to spread the message about climate change.

Youngsters from Rogate Primary School, Steep Primary School, The Petersfield School and Sheet Cubs took part in three different competitions as part of the Eco Fair, which was organised by Petersfield Climate Action Network (PeCAN) and Petersfield Town Council.

They created posters and flags and there was an upcycling fashion show which was run by two local sixth formers.

Rachel Ritchie, a UN-accredited climate change teacher, organised the competitions and spent time talking to students in schools about the climate crisis and what they can do to help.

She said: “I was inspired and humbled by the creativity of the students who took part because they showed that they understand what needs to be done.

“It’s important that we encourage them not to be afraid. It’s about making them aware of the positive impact that they and their families can have and encouraging them to talk to their parents about the urgency of addressing the climate crisis.”

The competition winners received certificates and cash prizes. The certificates encouraged the youngsters to use their prize money to purchase a pre-loved item such as a second hand item of clothing or a book.

Abi Svarovska gave a talk about her clothing creations at the Eco Fair’s Upcycled Fashion Show.

She also ran a stall showcasing upcycled garments that she and a friend had designed and made . 

She said: “I think running the stall was a great experience in terms of talking to the general public and I also got a few commissions from it.

“The talk was much less daunting than it appeared and I enjoyed the whole experience. 

“I am very glad the fair took place as it is a great way for like minded people to discuss their ideas while other people can be enlightened on specific areas which can improve our sustainability as humans.”