Pupils have been working on a project, called Letters for Creation, with international development charity Christian Aid.
The aim is to help communities raise their voices on the issue of climate change and students were asked to come up with arty ways – including letters, drawings, photos or poems – to show their feelings about the environment and their hopes for the planet.
Several of the Chester Diocesan Primary Schools agreed to exhibit their responses at Chester Cathedral, including Saighton CE Primary School and Pre-School; Bickerton Holy Trinity; Kingsley St John’s; Shocklach Oviatt Primary; Hoole; Tushingham; St George’s; St Anne’s; and Christ Church, Ellesmere Port.
The children’s work will be on display until Sunday, March 5 and the exhibition will run alongside the touring artwork of Luke Jerram, entitled Gaia. There will also be an exhibition of life-sized animals made from recycled materials by artist, Jacha Potgieter.
Finola Jackson, deputy headteacher at Saighton Primary, said: “Everyone is welcome; the aim is for visitors to leave feeling hopeful, inspired and proud of our schools’ exhibits.
“The Christian Aid project presents opportunities to learn about climate justice, and to act together with wider communities to advocate for climate action rooted in justice.”
Josh Grear, children and young people project officer with Christian Aid, explained Letters for Creation is a project which uses creativity as a way to explore people’s views on the climate crisis.
He added: “The artwork created in Chester sits alongside other creations from around the UK and beyond, in communities most affected by climate change.
“They are a wonderful mix of challenging calls for justice, as well as some powerful and hopeful visions for a just and sustainable future for everyone no matter where they are in the world.
“Christian Aid is proud to have been able to showcase works of art created by children and young people in parliament, at Lambeth Conference with Bishops from around the world, at the Greenbelt festival, as well as in Cathedrals like Chester, in schools and churches around the UK. We have seen leaders and communities inspired and challenged by these amazing pieces.
“Letters for Creation is just one small way in which young people and their wider communities are using their voices and actions to call for a fairer world for everyone.”