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January 13 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
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  • Manifesto For Essex

Manifesto For Essex Youth Climate Summit

Part of EA Sustain


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

Manifesto For Essex Youth Climate Summit

Are you aged 13-25? Passionate about culture, nature and the environment? This is YOUR chance to get involved, to share your ideas, and make a difference.

Date: Saturday 13th January 2024, 10am-3.30pm

Venue: Firstsite Studio, Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, CO1 1JH

Tickets: Free, booking essential, register at eventbrite https://Manifesto-for-Essex-Youth-Climate-Summit-2024.eventbrite.co.uk


About the Youth Climate Summit

Our 3rd annual Youth Climate Summit is taking place on Saturday 13th January 2024 as part of EA Sustain at Firstsite in Colchester.

Panel Discussion

We are delighted to announce that Caroline Lucas MP will be taking part in our panel discussion as part our Youth Climate Summit. As the first and, still, only Green Party MP (Brighton Pavilion) to be elected in the UK, Caroline Lucas represents the front edge of environmental-political progress in the UK. Caroline will join our panel discussion alongside local young environmentalists including climate activist and WWF Youth Ambassador, Hattie Phillips and Performer/Artistic Director Marina Cusi to discuss Healing This Land.


Creative Taster Workshops

As part of the day attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in two of these environmental-themed creative taster workshops:

Game Changer Workshop: Turning Video Games into Environmental Advocacy with Signals

Transform classic video games into arcade quests for environmental action and climate change awareness. Explore the world of video game remixing and discover how you can use game design to communicate environmental action. No previous coding experience required. All equipment provided.

This workshop is delivered by Signals, an award winning charity who use technology and creativity to inspire, engage and empower people of all ages and backgrounds.

Eco-podcast Taster Workshop with Michelle Durant

Ever wondered how a podcast is put together? Experienced broadcaster and Podcast Trainer Michelle will take you through the basics where you can put your new found skills into practice. Interview guests at the summit and turn your work into a striking piece of audio journalism that can make a real impact with listeners.

An Introduction to Eco-poetry and Spoken word with Mad, Who?

Join Marina Cusi for an epic introduction to poetry and spoken word, exploring topics of ecology, the natural world, and eco-activism. Marina is Artistic Director of Mad, Who?, a Colchester-based theatre company producing original theatre that fuses multidisciplinary arts and activism.

Protest Banner Creative Maker Workshop with YAK (Young Art Kommunity)

Get hands-on and help YAK to make a Protest Banner using weaving and recycled materials.

Young Art Kommunity (YAK) is Firstsite’s young-people peer-led group which offers a supportive environment where young people can gain experience, develop their confidence and learn new skills at relaxed and informal creative sessions.



The Manifesto For Essex Youth Climate Summit is FREE to attend but booking is essential as places are limited. Register your place at eventbrite:


With thanks to Asmi Bhatia from Youth Art Community (YAK) for designing our Youth Climate Summit flyer.


We are proud that the Youth Climate Summit will be taking place once again as part of EA Sustain – A festival about Environment, Culture and Entrepreneurship. With talks and performances by top environmentalists and environmental artists including Caroline Lucas, Helen Browning, Frances Morris, Mattias Klum, Jules Pretty, Charles Clover and Dominic Jones.





The Youth Climate Summit is part of Manifesto For Essex, a multi-form creative platform run by Essex Book Festival for young people living in Essex and beyond to express their ideas about tackling climate change.


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If you have any queries about the Youth Climate Summit or other Manifesto For Essex activities, just get in touch – [email protected]

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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]