Film Premiere at the Depot

‘In recent years, children and young people nationally and internationally have made loud their concerns about the pressing urgency of climate change. In Lewes, there has been a coordinated response across all the schools to take seriously these calls for action. Green United supports local student-driven action on environmental sustainability issues. Out of this work came Green on Screen, the making of 4 films made by 12 local students, which premiered at The Depot on 31st October 2021.

Since the youth strikes in 2019, primary and secondary students from Lewes and neighbouring villages have been meeting regularly, with the support of teachers, parents and governors. Their passion has kept up the momentum despite Covid. The young people have identified key areas of concern and required action within schools, including on school food and waste, school grounds, transport around schools, wildlife education and eco living.

Green United, formed as a Community Interest Company in 2020, encourages organisations and individuals to give their time, talent (skills) or treasure (financial donations) to help address specific concerns identified by young people at a very local level. A Youth Board decides how best to allocate funds that are raised for projects and initiatives suggested by young people.

The Depot is delighted to be part of this community venture fostering young people’s democratic citizenship and have supported 12 young people to make short films about issues that matter to them in a fun and creative way. The themes include Palm Oil, Ocean Pollution, Animal Poaching and Bees with expert resources provided by Daphne Lambert of the Greencuisine Trust, Lewes Climate Hub, Surfers Against Sewage, Plastic Free Seaford and Sussex Bees and Wasps Recording Group. It is hoped that the films will help to promote broader awareness and sustainability action in Lewes and beyond. 

‘After attending a Green United meeting, we just couldn’t turn down the opportunity to support these passionate and committed young people to take climate action. We hope our contribution goes some way to creating a thriving future for the next generations.’ Natasha Padbury, Sustainability Manager, Depot.

Films Made by Young People

Saving Bees is Easy Beesy
A short film made by Lewes young people investigating the problems pollinator species face and how we can help them.

Plastic in the Ocean
A short film made by Lewes young people addressing the problems of plastic waste, it’s affects on marine life, coastal littering and what we can do about it.

Poachers and their Mest up Brains
A short film made by Lewes young people exposing animal poaching, why poachers do it and demanding they stop.

Palm Oil Must Stop
A short film made by Lewes young people exploring the damaging impacts on our forests, how palm oil is used around the globe and possible sustainable solutions.