Young People Raising Awareness to Climate Change

Alton Lions Club (CIO) organised its first Environmental Poster competition for primary schools at the beginning of November to increase awareness of the climate change issues being raised at the United Nations COP26 Conference in Glasgow.

Supported by pupils from primary schools in Bentley and Four Marks, as well as The Butts Primary School, Wootey Junior School and Alton School. Themed on “My Perfect Earth”, organised by Lion Sarah O’Donoghue, she said that the competition produced “some very interesting and thought-provoking posters.”

Young as the artists were, posters served to emphasise global messages such as ‘There is No Planet B’ and ‘The Future of the World is in our Hands’.

Their work was judged by Alton Town Mayor, cllr Pam Jones, Alton artist Toni Goffe, and ACAN (Alton Climate Action & Network) member, Emma Jones. The posters were exhibited in Alton Library.

Prizes, comprising vouchers for artwork material, were awarded for first, second and third winners in Years 1 and 2, and also in Years 3 to 7. Four children were highly commended.

A small gift of a bee box was given to those schools that submitted a large number of entries.

The results were as follows:

Years R – 2 Key Stage 1

1st. Chloe Ablewhite – Year 2 (Four Marks), 2nd. Betty Wills – Year 2 (Four Marks),

3rd. Gabriel Wellstead Year 2 (Bentley).

Highly Commended  

Benedict Meaghan – Year 2 (Bentley).

Years 3 – 7 Key stage 2

1st. Ella Ozer – Year 5 (Bentley), 2nd. Luca Corlett – Year 6, (Wootey Junior),

3rd. Jasper Hooper – Year 4 (Four Marks).

Highly Commended:

Sophie Knapp (Wootey Junior), Michelle Quigley -Year 6 (Alton School),

Iya Semino – Year 4 (The Butts).

Alton Lions Club has expressed grateful thanks to the judging team, to Alternative Packaging of Alton who provided some of the prizes, and Alton Library for displaying the winning posters and facilitating the prize giving. 

Alton Lions Club President, Atul Patel, and event organiser, Lion Sarah O’Donoghue, pictured with some of the prize winners in this year’s Environmental Poster competition. They were joined at Alton Library by Alton Lions mascot, aka Lion Janet Gwynne.