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January 14, 2023 @ 9:15 am - 12:30 pm
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  • FREE
  • In partnership
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  • Manifesto For Essex
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  • Young Essex

Hear My Voice – Manifesto For Essex: Climate Emergency Youth Summit

Various Speakers
Manifesto Youth Summit Coffee Cup 3x2


Firstsite, Lewis Gardens, High Street
Colchester, CO1 1JH
Booking essential

Are you passionate about Culture, Nature and the Environment, 14-25 years old living and/or studying in Essex? Join us at our Climate Emergency Youth Summit

Date: Saturday 14th January 2023

Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm (registration and welcome coffee and croissant from 9:15am)

Venue: Firstsite, Colchester

For ages: 14-25 



  • Aged between 14-25 years old
  • Living and/or studying in Essex
  • Passionate about Culture, Nature & the Environment

If the answer is YES, then join Essex Book Festival for its 2nd Manifesto for Essex Youth Summit at FIRSTSITE, COLCHESTER, 14TH JANUARY 2023 as part of EASUSTAIN FESTIVAL

EA Sustain is a new festival that will bring together some of the UK’s leading nature writers/ artists/environmental activists/politicians, including Helen MacDonald and Mark Cocker and Tony Juniper, Natural England Chair, for a weekend of inspirational talks/performances/ exhibitions.




Essex Book Festival set up the Manifesto for Essex in 2020 as a cultural platform for young people living in Essex to express their thoughts, fears and ideas about Climate Change.

Key activities have included working with zine artist Lu Williams to create our Manifesto for Essex zine, which led to Chelmsford City Council declaring its Climate Emergency; designing/printing protest posters at Colchester Makerspace; an exhibition of Earth Poems across Chelmsford City Centre; a series of eco-casts made by young presenters at Chelmsford Community Radio; The Book Project Photography Exhibition at Gibberd Gallery in Harlow led by students at Harlow College.

The list goes on. The work continues.



Essex Book Festival is in the process of creating a MANIFESTO FOR ESSEX YOUTH PANEL to help shape its festival programme for June 2023 and beyond. This is YOUR chance to get involved, to share your ideas, and make a difference.

Join in the debate via our How Can We Make Ourselves Heard? Panel Discussion. Take part in one of our parallel workshops exploring key environmental issues, such as, Communicating the Climate Emergency; Food, Biodiversity & Rewilding; Rising Waters and Flooding, with leading experts, writers and artists. Hear from environmental artists working in Essex who are already making a difference.

Don’t miss your chance to mix with inspiring artists, writers and environmentalists including Artist/Curator Bridget McKenzie from #ClimateMuseum #CultureDeclaresEmergency; Author Sophie Pavelle #forgetmenot; Capaigner/Activist Hattie Phillips; Digital Artist Lily Hunter Green #silencingthevirus; Artist/Writer Lora Aziz; Artist Lu Williams; Performer/Aristic Director Marina Cusi Sanchez; Regenerative Farmer John Pawsey; Marine Scientist and author Hannah Rudd.

A great venue, amazing speakers. Inclusive, accessible & the Youth Summit is FREE!

We’ll provide the coffee, juice and croissants. All you need to do is book your FREE place here.


For more information, email Ros [email protected]


This event is supported by Arts Council England, Essex County Council, and EAFESTIVAL.


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Lewis Gardens, High Street
Colchester, CO1 1JH
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Hearing Loop: Firstsite does not have a hearing loop system in this room.

Essex Book Festival has a mobile Roger Pen hearing loop system, which needs to be booked by individuals in advance at least five days before the event. If you would like to use the Roger Pen email [email protected]