From the left - Martin Harris (MD Brighton & Hove Bus Co), Clare Sutton (The EYE Project), Martin Allen (DMH Stallard), Rodney Lunn (CEO Shoreham Port Authority), Chris Oakley (Oakley Commercial), Jon Orrell (Hemsley Orrell Partnership).
The 9th Worthing and Adur Schools’ Eco Summit (June 21) has attracted the support of a number of major regional organisations.
Founded by Tim Loughton MP and staged at Davison CE High School for Girls, the summit will host 250 pupils from 18 schools from across Worthing and Adur and will include a keynote speech from Emma Pinchbeck, Head of Climate & Energy at WWF UK.
The central theme for the Summit is climate change with the agenda featuring a series of workshops focusing on the importance of caring for our planet.
Shoreham Port Authority, Brighton & Hove Bus Company, The National Trust, Hemsley Orrell Partnership, DMH Stallard and Oakley Commercial have all put their weight behind the event. The Summit is also supported by Sussex University’s Science Policy Research Unit, one of the world’s leading climate change research bodies.
As part of the Summit, Shoreham Port Authority is donating the prize for an art competition aimed at inspiring school pupils to think about climate change, a selection of the entries to be featured in an exhibition at the Ropetackle Arts Centre in October.
Ropetackle Arts Centre Chairman, Martin Allen, said:
“With climate change being probably the biggest issue facing the future of the younger generation, and following the hugely important recent Paris Accord, it is timely and exciting to be able engage with our local schools.”
Chief Executive of Shoreham Port Authority, Rodney Lunn, said:
“The impact of Climate Change is a real issue, with rising sea levels and severe storms already presenting us with serious challenges. We are delighted to be involved in this Summit with the prospect of school pupils working with us and our engineers, Hemsley Orrell, coming up with new and imaginative ways of tackling the issues.”
Martin Harris, Managing Director of Brighton & Hove Bus Company, said:
“We’re excited to be working with children to help to come up with ideas to protect the environment and address the threat of climate change, and to hear what they think the future of public transport might look like and how we can do things differently.”
Regional law firm DMH Stallard, and surveying practice, Oakley Commercial, were keen to give their support to the summit, both recognising the vital importance of encouraging young people to come up with imaginative ways of controlling and adapting to climate change.
Managing Partner of DMH Stallard, Richard Pollins, said:
“This is a really exciting and worthwhile project that will inspire young people to come up with imaginative solutions for dealing with climate change that will provoke further thought across the groups of young people attending. I’m delighted that DMH Stallard is supporting the summit.”
Chris Oakley, Managing Director of Oakley Commercial, said:
“We are keen to be part of this initiative, to engage schools in the debate about climate change, and how it will affect the way we live as well as the built environment.”
The Eco Summit is organized The EYE (Eco, Young and Engaged) Project which helps schools and young people to make a positive difference to the environment.
Project Manager, Clare Sutton, said: “We are always looking for people to work with us and to become involved in our projects.” (www.eyeproject.co.uk)/