Students impress MP with outstanding art bound for House of Commons

By Jill Dando News

Children have been showcasing their artistic talents as part of a scheme calling for global climate justice.

Youngsters from St. Anne’s Church Academy in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset have been working on a project called Creative for Climate Justice – using artwork and creativity to explain how they feel about climate justice and its effects.

Weston-super-Mare, MP, John Penrose came to judge the event at both the West Wick and Hewish campuses.

Mr Penrose picked out a highly competitive field with four winners that will now have their work exhibited at the House of Commons in December. 

(Picture – Livi Year 5)

The winners were Amelia in Year 5 and Ruby in Year 3 at West Wick and Livi in Year 5 and Harper in Year 3 at Hewish.

Mr Penrose said: “This was just outstanding artwork and was so incredibly difficult to choose winners from. I look forward to seeing it all again in December in the House of Commons.”

The initiative is a partnership between CAFOD, Christian Aid, Oxfam, Save the Children and Send My Friend to School, with support from the Climate Coalition.

It is aimed at celebrating and amplifying young people’s voices on the climate crisis.

(Picture – Amelia Year 5)

Children are asked to come up with artistic ways of sharing their opinions about climate change and their hopes for the planet and everyone who shares it.  

Their work is then put on display in a school exhibition with local MPs invited to go along to hear the messages from the students.

Pieces from each school are also selected for a national online gallery, as well as an exhibition in the Houses of Parliament, to inspire MPs and Ministers to take action.

(Picture – Ruby Year 3)

Headteacher Emma Hardy-Smith said: “Our Year 3 and Year 5 pupils have been involved in this and we have seen some amazing artwork.

“The children have strong views about climate change and how it is affecting not only their community but other places in the world where people have done little to cause the crisis but are suffering the most damage.”

(Picture – Harper Year 3)

A spokesperson from Christian Aid, one of the charities involved, said: “The children’s work has been inspiring and varied, with a mix of challenging calls for justice, as well as some powerful and hopeful visions for a just and sustainable future. 

“Their amazing creativity sends a loud and clear climate justice message to MPs and government ministers.” 

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