Atlantic Academy students send a heartfelt message to their community and those in power…
Students from Atlantic Academy, Portland, have come out for the Global Climate Strike today, to send a special Valentine’s Day message to their local community and those in power.
The protest was led by students from the Portland 4 The Planet – Youth Project. Group member and Year 9 student, Tia Dowley-Wills explains, “It’s never been more important to make our voices heard. The Heart on the Grass symbolises our united anger and sorrow over the climate crisis and our determination to help inspire the changes needed to resolve it.”
Tia is part of the Portland 4 The Planet – Youth Project, a collaboration between Island Community Action, Atlantic Academy and Portland 4 The Planet. The project launched in January and will focus on some of the Planet’s biggest environmental challenges, including climate change, biodiversity loss, sustainable food production and plastic pollution, with the students taking part in wide range of conservation and volunteering activities. The aim of the project to empower and support young people to work together and independently in order to create their own campaign for change and lead the way on projects that will have a positive impact on both a local and global level.
Group member, Joe Pascoe, a Year 7 student at Atlantic, said “I love to go in the sea to paddleboard, kayak, surf and swim. Global warming is affecting the oceans, currents, sea levels and weather patterns, making sea creature’s lives more difficult. Plastic pollution is also a big problem and I want to be part of the solution.”
The project, which runs until July, will culminate in first Atlantic Academy Environmental Fair on Saturday, 11thJuly, featuring environmental films and activities, exhibitions, traditional games, refreshments and students selling eco-friendly products. The Fair’s highlight will be project students showcasing their final campaigns to the wider community and securing pledges of support to take their ideas forward.
The Portland 4 The Planet – Youth Project is a new collaboration between ICA, Portland 4 The Planet and Atlantic Academy (supported by Portland Town Council).
The project, which will work with 30 young people from across Portland from January to July 2020, focuses on the current Climate and Ecological Emergency and aims to empower young people to find out more about the problems and the solutions, and get inspired to lead the way on local projects that will have a positive impact on a global level.
During the project students will learn more about climate change, biodiversity / wildlife, pollution, single use plastic and sustainable food. They will also take part in conservation activities, media training and volunteering, in addition to creating their own campaign.
Portland 4 The Planet is open to young people aged 10-14 (school years 7, 8 and 9). If you would like to take part (or if you know a child who might be interested), you can apply using the form below. The closing date for applications is Tuesday 7th January.
A fab day celebrating the festive season with over 80 older residents from Portland and Wyke Regis.
Those attending were treated to a three course lunch, complete with entertainment and gifts.
Massive thanks to Portland’s Court Leet, who generously provided funding for the event; Portland’s Rotary Club, whose members kindly volunteered to drive a number of our clients to and from the event; the Lobster Pot team, who once again provided a fantastic meal, service and venue; Pete Howell for the entertainment and last but not least, ICA’s fantastic team of volunteers.