‘Climate Change Stories’ writing competition

Climate Change Writing

Ahead of the City and Islington College Climate Change Learning Week, commencing 10 February, the Centre for Lifelong Learning’s library has announced its ‘Climate Change Stories’ writing competition. 

This time last year, the centre, based in Finsbury Park, found large success during the #WeAreAllImmigrants themed week, reflecting the college’s values of diversity and inclusion. Students were invited to take part in a range of activities including expressive dance routines, singing and spoken word performances around the theme of immigration.

This will be the sixth consecutive year that the college brings together all five of its centres to get creative and find innovative news ways to celebrate the theme of February’s learning week.

The centre’s library often leads the charge for themed weeks, most recently in the nationwide Festival of Learning event in June. Students were asked to share their thoughts on how returning to study had affected their life. 

This year, as part of the new theme of climate change, the library asks students to contribute their experiences and reflections on the main issue facing the international community today.

Library team leader, Simon Nelson said: “As the impact of climate change becomes clearer, the need to turn thoughts into words and actions becomes ever more urgent. 

“Our students show a keen awareness of these issues and bring with them relevant ideas from all around the world. We look forward to giving them a platform to share their views!”

Many students at the Centre for Lifelong Learning are enrolled on English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses and are over the age of nineteen, offering a wealth of worldly experience and unique perspectives. 

Students are invited to provide their own story, essay, poem or song based on fictional or real-life events pertaining to the central topic. Related images or photographs are also welcome. 

Entries are due in at the Centre for Lifelong Learning library by 3 February 2020 and a number of prizes – to be revealed at a later date – are up for grabs. 

The Climate Change Learning Week commences on 10 February. Other upcoming activities will be announced closer to the time.

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