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West Norfolk Climate Champions to be unearthed

Living for the Future schools competition

Published: Thursday, 16th November 2023

Living For the Future, an ideas competition for west Norfolk based primary school children, aimed at Year 5 students, is to hold the online final later this month.

The free competition is aimed at encouraging the creativity in every child and to educate students on the issue of sustainability, with a focus on designing ideas for greener cities, towns and villages in our world.

The project has been funded by the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, working in partnership with 8billionideas, an educational learning company. Cllr Michael de Whalley, Cabinet member for Climate Change and Biodiversity, said: “I’d like to acknowledge and recognise the 20 local schools who enthusiastically signed up for this project and 8 are currently working towards the virtual final, which will take place on 24 November.

“Students are working hard on designing a sustainable place to live using entrepreneurial skills, pinpointing problems, creating a concept, pitching their idea and will then showcase it in the final. I look forward to hearing their proposals and hope to see the materials created for this project shared with all west Norfolk schools to consider using in the future.”

Feedback from participating primary schools has been positive. Ben Paull, Assistant Principle at Eastgate Academy in King’s Lynn, said: “Canaries Class have loved completing the 'Living for the Future' project. We have enjoyed creating prototypes from our own ideas. It has been really fun. We have learnt the importance of teamwork and how we can use our own ideas to help the environment. We are all entrepreneurs!” 

Teachers who would like to use the materials created for this project in the future or to find out more can email

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