It's Our World art project launches on UN World Environment Day

Mass participation arts project gives children and young people in the UK a voice to speak out for environmental action.

Connecting young people with the natural world, for them to understand its importance in terms of natural capital and general wellbeing is a key element of BITC’s 9 Billion Challenge, which seeks to create a world by 2050 where 9 billion people can lead healthy, sustainable lives. For this reason BITC is delighted to support It’s Our World.

- Michael Davies,
Partnerships and Engagement Manager, Start
It's Our World launches on 5 June at Waterloo Station, with a Pop-Up Art Class led by young artist Zoom Rockman.  Students from nearby Oasis Academy and City & Guilds of London Art Schools will create an artwork involving the Motion @ Waterloo ad screens at the station, which are the largest in Europe.

The project will run for a year, during which it aims to create the largest online gallery of artwork celebrating the environment, as seen through the eyes of 4-19 year olds, its future custodians. With participation driven through schools, young people will be invited to put themselves on the map by creating an artwork to bring their local landscape or neighbourhood to life.

Artworks will be displayed on an online gallery at from September until May 2015. Participants can register on the website, donated by Overthrow Digital, as well as getting ideas about how to take part, and about small changes people can make that have a positive environmental impact.

It's Our world has been developed with the support of Business in the Community's Start, and the involvement of over 20 community, arts, environmental and educational partners - read the full list.   Over half a million worth of sponsorship in kind has been given to support the project - read a full list of supporters.

Picture above shows Artwork Created from recycled materials -  Marine Litter Panels, part of the Sculpture TRAIL Teignmouth, by artist Lauren Ballard with Westcliff Primary School, Dawlish, Devon.