It's our World 2014

05 June 2014

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Launching on UN World Environment Day, 5 June 2014, It’s Our World is a mass participation arts project to give children and young people in the UK a voice to speak out for positive environmental action. The project includes photography and is supported by The Royal Photographic Society. 

The aim is to create the largest online gallery of artwork celebrating the environment, as seen through the eyes of it’s future custodians aged 4-19 years. Mostly driven through schools, participants are invited to put themselves on the map by creating an artwork to bring their local landscape or neighbourhood to life. The website, donated by Overthrow Digital, has lots of ideas on how to take part and details on how to register The Online Gallery, hosted by Claranet, will open in September when artworks will be accepted in any size or medium.

Closing date for submissions will be in May next year to coincide UN World Environment Day 2015. The entire collection will be handed over to the UK Web Archives, providing a lasting snapshot of how children and young people view the world in which they live.

It’s Our World has been made possible with over £0.5 million worth of sponsorship in kind (list of supporters attached). It has been developed by Healthy Planet with the support of Start (Business in the Community – one of The Prince’s charities) and the active involvement of over 20 community, arts, environmental and educational partners including The Campaign for Drawing, The National Union of Teachers, Wildlife Trusts (England & Wales), The Scottish Wildlife Trust, The Eden Project, Keep Britian Tidy and The National Society for Education in Art & Design (full list attached).

“Connecting young people with the natural world and for them to understand its importance in terms of ‘natural capital’ and general wellbeing is a key element of BITC’s ‘9bn challenge’ which seeks to create a world by 2050 where 9bn people can lead healthy, sustainable lives. For this reason BITC is delighted to support ‘It’s Our World’” Michael Davies, from Business in the Community said

“We hope that children and young people will exercise their imagination in creating artworks and taking the lead in living more sustainably for the benefit of future generations.” Shaylesh Patel, Founder Healthy Planet said. “Small steps in reducing waste, saving energy and water can help to make a big difference”.

The project is endorsed by a growing list of Ambassadors including Michael Morpurgo, Col Chris Hadfield - Former Commander of International Space Station, Liz Bonnin and Stephen Fry who stated “Support It’s Our World, because - despite recent astronomical discoveries in deep space - it really is the One World we will ever know. It has supported us and every one of our ancestors, it’s time to pay it back”.

The launch event on 5 June will feature a Pop-Up Art Class involving Europe’s largest indoor ad screen Motion@Waterloo by permission of Network Rail and JCDecaux. It’s Our World Young Ambassador and artist Zoom Rockman, pupils from nearby Oasis Academy Johanna and students from City & Guilds of London Art School will bring their neighbourhood to life by creating an artwork from onscreen footage of Waterloo Sunset donated by Nice & Serious. Easels and artists materials donated by Faber Castell and Cass Art.

For further information and details on how to take part visit