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Geography students from Barrow 6th Form College with art works by Maddi Nicholson

School climate action takes centre stage at Barrow Climate Cafe

Young people from Barrow shared their concerns about climate change and picked up sustainability skills at a new Climate Cafe run by the Low Carbon Barrow team.

The event, held in the Art Gene Gallery to mark this year’s UN climate summit, COP27, brought together students from Barrow Sixth Form College, Dowdales, Furness Academy and St Bernard’s schools to raise awareness of the climate emergency.

The young people gave presentations on their concerns and their schools’ positive actions towards dealing with climate change. They learned new skills and gained knowledge in workshops on solar energy, sustainable fashion and travel to school. They also envisioned their school of the future as part of a school climate action plan.

Climate Cafe refreshments were provided, with plant based food grown at the Allotment Soup community growing space on the Isle of Walney.

Low Carbon Barrow is a two-year programme run by Art Gene in partnership with Barrow Borough Council, funded by European Union Regional Development Fund, Northern Powerhouse, Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership and Art Gene, and also supported by the Zero Carbon Cumbria programme.

Photo: Geography students from Barrow 6th Form College with art works by Maddi Nicholson. Credit: Maddi Nicholson

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