An inspirational poem by Ben Cross from Richard Lander and a colourful poster by Amelia Stace from St Francis Primary School, have been chosen by the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, to welcome the G7 delegates to Cornwall.
Hundreds of entries were received for the competition set up by Cornwall Council and the Cabinet Office. The works of art were shortlisted by a team in Cornwall, before being handed to Number 10 to pick the overall winners.
Service Director for Education at Cornwall Council, Kate Evan-Hughes, said: “Our focus for the G7 is to give young people in Cornwall an opportunity to have their voices heard and to be inspired to act now, in combatting climate change.
“This competition has shown us that young people are not only passionate, but they are demanding action and they give a clear message; by working together we can work to solve this problem.”
13-year-old Ben said: “I am immensely grateful and excited to have been given the honour of my poem being presented at The G7 Summit. This is a fantastic opportunity and I can’t wait to share my work. I hope it makes an impact at this amazing event. I was inspired to write this poem by the constant eco battle being fought by incredible figures like Sir David Attenborough and Greta Thunberg. I wanted my poem to have an influence in the way that they do every day.”
Ben’s entry was submitted by his English Teacher Sophie Niles: “I am extremely pleased and proud. Ben is a fantastic student and this achievement is a testament to his hard work and creative talent.”
The poster competition for primary aged children saw hundreds of colourful and poignant messages, but the final winner was 9-year-old Amelia Stace: “I was just trying to think of something different that no one would really come up with.
“I knew I wanted to do something with ice cream because it melts and it has that Cornish connection. I hope the G7 leaders listen to the message, because we have had lots of lessons on climate change in school and we all need to do our bit: I go on regular litter picks to help my community.”
Harry Gooby from St Francis School added: Amelia’s hopeful, inspiring and creative design sets a monumental challenge to the G7 leaders. All children at St Francis submitted an entry, we were impressed at how inspired and engaged they were about climate change issues, democracies across the world and their right to ask question of their leaders.
Senior Education Officer Rachel Delourme over saw the competition: “I would like to say a congratulations to everyone that entered, because the standard was out standing and it demonstrated the true creative talent of Cornish young people.”
The winning designs will now be used to greet the world leaders, with the other shortlisted entries being printed and displayed at the international media centre in Falmouth during the conference.
You can see more of the entries, including the winners, on our website www.y7cornwall.co.uk