Celebrating Young Climate Champions PUBLISHED ON: 5 APRIL 2022
During this year’s
Awakening Festival, we asked 4-11 year olds to show us how they’ve been helping climate and nature through an artwork.
One entry was selected at random, and the winner received an interactive AR globe from
Playshifu. Take a look at some of the inspiring entries from these young artists and read about how they were made.
Arrada, aged 9.
I am one of the people who will reduce the pollution of the sea nature to provide fish and marine life with pollution-free water. Adi, aged 9.
I use hand sanitizers to keep my family and myself safe from Coronavirus. But what happens to the empty bottles bothered me. So, I started decorating clean empty bottles by painting aquarium fishes on it. I filled it up with clean water, added a bit of food color and 10 drops of citronella oil. Now I can spray on my terrace garden to get rid of mosquitoes in an environmentally safe manner. I feel in this little way, I help to keep my surroundings clean from pests, prevent plastic being dumped into landfills and help in recycling them too. Alice, aged 9.
Hello, I am Alice, I'm nine, I'm from Lithuania. In this drawing, nature is in bloom. I wish that would always be the case when the world began. By the way, the flag of my homeland (little butterfly) is also given in this picture, I would like each country to contribute to the preservation of nature. Ava, aged 6.
I've been learning about recycling and trying to use less plastic. I made an old spatula into a new toy to stop it from going to waste. Chistian, aged 4.
We pick up waste washed up/left on the beach and bin it, or if we can use it to create art like this scarey spider why not?! Ella, aged 6.
I have walked instead of going in the car. This is me walking made out of Hama beads. Emanuela, aged 7.
Hello and welcome! My name is Emanuela. I attend school where curriculum is based on sustainability so I learn and really care how to help climate and nature. I planted two trees in my garden, my an apple tree and recently a Christmas tree so next year we wouldn't buy a real one just use that one outside. Also I love Art and I use sticks from my garden and paint pebbles outside with my friends. I'm planning to walk to school instead of driving and we use washing line in summer (its my favourite thing to help my mum to hang wet clothes). I use old cupboard boxes and toilet paper rolls for making dolls house and other toys. Izaak, aged 5.
Izaak is part of the eco team at school and took part in the big garden bird watch he's an RSPB member and loves drawing. Jasmin, aged 5.
Drew on a birthday card that was given to her. Lily, aged 11.
I was inspired by animals getting affected by climate change especially different types of species in different countries and habitats so I used only recycled natural resources to make my piece of art for example: a recycled mirror, resin to make ice melting, plaster and natural clay. What I've been doing to help is noticing to turn off the lights more when I leave the room to help generate less electricity and I have been putting things in the recycling bin more often than the rubbish bin so I don't waste things that don't need to be wasted. Because we can't just carry on hurting our planet and it cannot be wasted. So I think I am resembling that really well in my art piece. Logan, aged 4.
Logan has created a mini garden to show how we have given our garden back to nature, we haven't pulled any weeds or sculpted the garden, we have just let the wild claim it back. Maryam, aged 8.
Recycling saves energy to help reduce climate change by reducing waste and pollution. Pollution can effect everyone including animals. Recycling reduced the need to grow and find new raw materials from Earth. This can be harmful to nature. Me and My family recycle our everyday items plastic bottles, cardboard and glass. My picture shows me making leaflets/posters on recycling so everyone knows, to 'recycle', 'reuse' and 'repeat'. My art piece is made of materials that we will put in the recycle bin this week. It is important that everyone knows and tries to recycle. Mia, aged 8.
I have been learning about plastic pollution and as a family we have tried to reduce our use of plastic and recycle whatever we do use. This piece of art was made using wrappers that could have gone into a soft plastic recycling bin. It shows how I would like the oceans to look, full of animals and no plastic pollution. Rean, aged 8.
Our Earth is the home to all of us. We are enjoying the beauty of our Planet and we don't want to see the extinction and loss of lives of our wildlife. In my artwork I like to show the 'Beauty of our planets little creatures'. I have made the bumblebee and ladybird by reusing the pear fruit cover. The flowers were made from the foam sheets. Everyone should protect our Earth and become the 'Friend of the Forests'. Thank You.
Reanna, aged 10.
Our Earth is a beautiful planet. In my art I have shown the 'Impacts of Deforestation'. I have reused the cardboard for background and made the trees by reusing Asda cheesy mini pizza cover. My art is to show that we can make a change by reusing and recycling and help our nature to save energy and reduce rubbish. Everyone should become the Guardian of our Planet. Renee, aged 5.
I have made my work using recycled paper and reclaimed clay from the earth. Swetha, aged 5.
Global warming - plant more trees to make our planet happy. Swetha carefully drew this picture saying the globe is super happy with a plant in one of his hand. Tabitha, aged 7.
I have made a picture to tell people not to pick flower because the bees need flower for pollen. I have planted seeds to grow more flowers with my mummy to help the bees. Jamie, aged 6.
Jamie was inspired by the Great Garden Birdwatch to attract more garden birds into our garden, so she wanted to build a bird feeder using a recycled glass water bottle and surplus wood materials which you can see in her photograph. She helped her father build it and it went up around two weeks ago. She loves photographing wildlife (birds in particular) and managed to capture this photo of a blue-tit enjoying the bird feeder. Success! 🙂 Ela, aged 4.
We help our mummy planting new shrubs and flowers in the garden, we keep bees which help pollinate flowers and fruit trees, mummy's plants are bee and butterfly friendly, we have 1,300 L of compost bins, whole roof covered by solar panels and Daddy is driving an electric 'Zip' car. This picture represents our ecosystem and beauty. Amy, aged 11.
I cleaned a jam jar and painted it, then I made some flowers with clay and now the jar is a vase. I'll make more rubbish into artwork in the future. Amjed, aged 7.
I have been helping my mum with the garden planting flowers for my late grandfather to remember him and make my mum happy, I took plastic gems which I found in the house and took rocks from the garden and stuck it on to create this picture, my house is a castle, I used colouring which I had before as I did not want it to go to waste.
The Awakening Festival is about increasing people’s understanding of the issues in the New Forest and how we can all help respond to the nature and climate crises.
The New Forest is a very special place. More than 50% of the area is of international importance for nature, and some sites have the highest possible conservation status. The climate emergency is putting the fragile landscapes and habitats under threat, with hotter, drier summers and warmer, wetter winters changing nature’s balance in the future.
The New Forest is beginning to awaken for spring: we’re awakening our awareness of nature and climate issues; and we’re awakening our action to help protect our precious landscape.
Why not join us in the
New Forest Climate and Nature Challenge? We can all help to protect the planet. Taking a few steps, no matter how small, can all add up to make a positive impact on the environment.