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On Camera with the Co-op Sixth Form Sustainability Project

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On Camera with the Co-op  Sixth Form Sustainability ProjectMany teenagers are very interested in issues like sustainability and Fair Trade but wonder how to engage practically with these concepts within their everyday lives.

The Co-op Specialist Schools scheme challenged eleven of our Sixth Formers to find a way to relate sustainability to young people. Sixth Form students in Bangor Academy and Glenlola Collegiate were invited to get involved. Soon the ideas were coming thick and fast. So how do you get a teenager's attention? Gaming apps, social media and dressing up it seems!

Working with local actress and director, Carole Moore; the Bangor Academy team of 'eco-enthused' Sixth Formers formed two groups. One developed the idea of a 'Fair Trade Farm' app – an interactive game to get teenagers to think about and make sustainable choices for a virtual farm. The second idea was 'The Big Spring Clean' a simple idea to reinforce the value of recycling and reusing unwanted clothing - and an excuse to dress up in silly outfits, all in the name of sustainability of course!

To promote their concept the pupils had to pitch to mentors Carol Moore and Kim Morrow (Co-op Specialist Schools Co-ordinator) and then script and storyboard a short film to promote their idea to their peers. Filming with professional film company, Triple Vision Productions, took place on a wet Monday in late October. The film is now being edited for a screening at the Co-op Group Values and Principles Conference in Manchester in November. A special screening for our 'stars of the sustainability screen' is also planned. Watch this space for a download of the two films when they become available.

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