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Environmental project is a real eye-opener for pupils

CHILDREN from primary schools in Chichester came together to attend an environmental project.


Chichester High School hosted the E.Y.E Project’s second Eco Summit annual event last Friday and invited primary schools including Boxgrove Primary, Tangmere Primary Academy, East


Wittering Community Primary and Compton and Up Marden CE Primary.


The E.Y.E. Project – Eco Young & Engaged – was established in 2008 by Tim Loughton, M.P. for East Worthing and Adur, in a bid to bring local schools together to focus on caring for our planet.


He said: “This project teaches children in a fun, educational way and they leave begging their parents to do more to be environmentally friendly.


“The children in primary schools are far more switched on.


“It is normal practice for them to recycle, switch the lights off when they’re not being used or to have a shower instead of a bath.


“They will grow up knowing if they do their bit and everyone does their bit then things will be better.”


Pupils were able to browse interactive stands, and attend fun and engaging environmental workshops run by various Chichester and Southern organisations including; the South Downs


National Park Authority, WWT Arundel, Weald & Downland Open Air Museum, and the West Sussex County Council Waste Prevention Team.


Helen Pattinson founder of Emsworth based chocolatiers Montezumas ran a workshop with The Southern Co-Operative to teach children about how far food travels and the importance of palm oil affecting the orangutans.


Lois Lutman-Pauc, nine from Boxgrove Primary School said: “I really like the bicycle stand. You ride on the bike and light up the lights.


“It was hard work. I learnt that if you leave the lights on for too long you waste electricity.


“I’m going to tell my parents about pollution and orangutans because they aren’t going to be here in ten years.”


Kim Thornton, Boxgrove Primary School headteacher said: “Bringing the children here today is more about raising their awareness and how they think.


The children leave feeling more knowledgeable and we can build up on that in the school year.”


Mayor of Chichester, councillor Peter Evans said: “I think it’s really good bringing young people together to educate them and getting ideas back from them.


“If we train young people then they start training adults.”


Beverley Harper, Education Session Leader from the Weald & Downland Museum said: “The workshop I am doing shows how our ancestors did things in the past with clothes and what we can learn from them. Everything was fit for purpose and recycled all the time.


“The way the resources are at the moment, we have a lot to learn. A lot of children said they do sew and repair but it’s not like previous generations with darning socks etc.


“They have a very different mind set so its things we can do to try and change that.


“This can only come with education and getting them to think that we have problems with landfill and these are problems for the future.”


Carrie Cort, Founder of Sussex Green Living said: “This is an amazing initiative. I could only wish their was an E.Y.E Project in every corner of Sussex.


“The children are hungry for the knowledge and this project gives it to them. We need to build upon their burning desire.”


Project officer Clare Sutton said: “The 125 eco warriors taking part in the day were excited, engaged and enthused about the environment.


“They were keen to share details of the great eco work that they are already doing in their schools during the event assembly, and they left the day keen to share what they had learnt with their families, friends and communities.”

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