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Children’s climate change exhibition

by Lisa Bennett

A powerful new art exhibition developed between Edge Hill University and Kirkby Gallery will showcase children’s knowledge of the climate crisis and what they want adults to do to solve it.

The Children Tackling Climate Change exhibition, which opens to the public on 6th December until 23rd December, features a range of visual, digital and performance art pieces made by school children in Kirkby. The artworks highlight their view of the challenges and what parents and politicians need to change to fix the global crisis, from turning off lights to buying an electric car.

The art has been created as part of a series of arts-based climate change projects under the Edge Hill Young Scholars programme within the Faculty of Education. The Young Scholars programme, now in its 4th year, supports the aspiration raising of children across Kirkby through collaborative projects delivered at the University and in schools.

Senior Lecturer in Primary Education and Childhood Karen Bloyce said:

“It’s been a fantastic project in line with Edge Hill’s commitment to sustainability and climate change research. It also offers the children across Kirkby the opportunity to develop skills for the future.”

“It’s amazing to see how knowledgeable the children are about climate change and how determined they are to save the planet. The children suggest small changes that we can all make as well as calling for action on a larger scale but most importantly, they ask everyone to act now. Having the voice of young people in this global conversation is critical to our future.”

The exhibition has been made possible through the partnership between Edge Hill University, The Kirkby Collaborative Network of Schools and Kirkby Gallery.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods said:

 “At Knowsley Council we are dedicated to the welfare of our residents and early last year declared a Climate Change Emergency and launched our Climate Emergency Action Plan. Through the power of arts and creativity, this collaborative project gives us the chance to work closely with school children to understand their concerns and tackle the issue of climate change. I urge people to visit the gallery to see this really special and significant exhibition.”

Also coming soon is a short film created as part of a series of arts-based climate change sessions with All Saints High School led by psychology lecturer’s Dr Laura McGuire and Professor Geoff Beattie from Edge Hill University.

Dr Laura McGuire said:

“This project was the first of its kind because it measured the change in the secondary school pupils’ underlying attitudes towards climate change and the film being produced really shows the impact of the project. The research is ongoing, but the preliminary findings are very exciting.”


Edge Hill’s Faculty of Education actively works to promote sustainability in schools through its Forest and Beach Schools which take children outdoors for lessons. Leaning outdoors teaches pupils about teamwork, nature and the environment in a fun and engaging way.  The Faculty team also provide free CPD for teachers on a range of subjects including Greening the Primary Curriculum which trains teachers on how to discuss issues around climate change and encourage sustainability. The full list of courses is on the Edge Hill CPD store.

To find out more about Edge Hill’s extensive sustainability and climate change research visit the SustainNET website which brings together all of the University’s expertise in the area.

Edge Hill University runs a number of courses in education and teacher training.