Children Communicate Climate Change Through Sculpture

School children from Christ Church Primary School, South London SW9 have created a sculpture to depict and highlight the effects of climate change in the local area.


Sitting on the roof of local fave fish and chippy Olley’s is a three-metre tall sculpture made of salvaged wood and depicts a hand holding a pencil to draw a red line to symbolise the threshold between life as we know it and irreversible global warming.  A red line of fabric embellished with recycled flowers encircles the sculpture on the roof.

The sculpture, visible from one of South London’s busiest rail routes, is a piece of work inspired by the demonstrations at last year’s global change summit in Paris, where huge red ribbons were held aloft the heads of a moving procession of people to ‘draw a line to protect our climate.’

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The installation of the sculpture marks the beginning of a project measuring air pollution near to the school.  The aim is to collect scientific data which can be used to engage with the local council about possible ways to improve air quality and to explore how communities can come together to help address climate change. Every child in the school, from four to 11 years old, has contributed to create this dynamic sculpture with artist in residence Hannah Littlejones.

Recent reports from NASA tell us ‘the hole in the earth’s ozone layer is finally closing’. Together we can make a difference, one step at a time.  Thank you Olley’s for sharing this news with us via Twitter and a big well done to all the children involved.  Please share the next stage of experiment results with us as we’d like to hear how it progresses.

Love Herne Hill

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