Young green shoots

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Could you win £2,500 for your school or college?

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.

The competition challenges children and young people in Coventry and Warwickshire to learn about climate change and to explore how each of us can take action to be a climate hero. Each of the category winners will win £2,500 for their school or college to spend on projects related to climate change and their work will form part of a showcase to leaders from the public and private sectors at the Coventry & Warwickshire Climate Summit event in March.

Entries should be submitted by the competition deadline of 27 February 2022.

Who can enter?

Children and young people aged 4 to 19 who are in full-time education in either Coventry or Warwickshire. They should enter the category for their age at the time of entry:

  • Ages 4-7
  • Ages 8-11
  • Ages 12-15
  • Ages 16-19

How to enter

To apply, simply answer the question:

What does being a climate hero mean to you?

Climate heroes do both big and small things, from planting a huge forest to turning off the lights when they aren’t needed. And anyone can be a climate hero – it could be somebody famous, a government, a business leader, a local council, or it could even be you! Show or tell us how your hero will protect the environment and fight climate change.

 

Your entry can be in any of the following formats:

  • A piece of writing (max word limit 300 words)
  • A picture

Please submit your work by emailing childfriendly@warwickshire.gov.uk with your name, age, your school’s name and address and don't forget to attach your entry!

Prizes

  • £2,500 from the Warwickshire County Council’s Green Shoots fund for your school or college to spend on activities or projects to reduce carbon emissions. What they spend it on is up to your school or college. All we ask is that:
    • It contributes to the adaptability and resilience of Warwickshire to the effects of climate change
    • It is used to reduce impacts on the environment, particularly in relation to climate change
    • It benefits your School/College and your communities.
  • Your work will form part of an exhibition on display at the Coventry & Warwickshire Climate Summit, to be held at the University of Warwick in March 2022. The Summit is for decision makers from across Coventry & Warwickshire public, private and voluntary sectors, who will be meeting to follow up on the COP26 agreements and to agree action to reduce carbon emissions in the region.

Why enter?

  • Learn about climate change and the difference between adaptation and mitigation approaches. Explore how the actions we each take can make a difference, the roles of government, businesses and other organisations in playing their part and the things that might get in the way of success.
  • Grow your skills in communication, creativity and environmental advocacy – become a climate hero yourself!
  • Have your work influence the decision makers across Coventry & Warwickshire when they meet in March to agree action to reduce carbon emissions across the region.
  • And win £2,500 from the Warwickshire County Council’s Green Shoots Fund for your school or college to spend on activities or projects to reduce carbon emissions.

Competition Rules

  • There’s no fee to enter but you can only enter once.
  • Entries can be submitted by the individual or by a representative at their school or college
  • All entries must be received by 11.59pm on 27 February 2022
  • All entries must be submitted by emailing childfriendly@warwickshire.gov.uk with your name, age, school’s name and address.
  • All judging decisions are final.
  • All winners and their sponsors will be notified by email before they are officially announced.
  • Warwickshire County Council reserves the right to use students’ work for marketing and promotional purposes.

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