Close-up on Climate: Bernie’s reflection on St Mary’s, Blackpool’s outstanding video entry

Gapper Bernie at the climate lobby
Bernie worked at St Mary’s, Blackpool, as part of her year with Step Into the Gap

The Climate Coalition ran the film project, Close-up on Climate, which invited young people between the ages of 5-18 to make films highlighting the issue of climate change. Three films were chosen as being outstanding in each age category. Bernie Goddard, who took part in CAFOD’s Step into the Gap programme last year, writes about her experience of working with the young people at St Mary’s Blackpool to make their film.

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As a Gapper at St Mary’s, part of my role was to keep an eye out for what projects CAFOD were running which I could encourage students to get involved in. The Climate Coalition film project, Close-up, was an amazing way to get students involved in a current issue which they had heard about from me when I returned from Nicaragua and shared my experiences with them. I had also spent time attending meetings with CAFOD and had heard of the Climate Coalition: the coming together of many organisations to focus on climate change education and campaigning. This, along with seeing the effects of how climate change impacts others in our world, inspired me to get the young people involved in this project.

Each week a group of students called ‘Regeneration’ come together and get involved in projects around social justice such as the work of CAFOD and Fairtrade. The group were perfect to undertake this film making challenge and were excited to get involved. We spent months researching and planning, making story boards and finally picking which film ideas we would focus on. There were some really creative ideas and it was lots of fun to film!

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The project was great because it was a way of learning about a current global issue. What each child, young person and adult learned while being involved in the film project brought great value to their lives. Each film has a great message to educate and inspire others. The films encourage the people who created them, and the people who watch them to listen to then, to listen to an important message: be the microphone to spread how climate change will affect our world if we don’t act.

Find out more about Close-up and watch the other outstanding videos

St Mary’s fantastic film, ‘Regeneration’, was chosen as being outstanding in the 12-15 age category of the Close-up film project. All entrants have been invited to an event at the Houses of Parliament on 4 November to meet MPs and discuss climate change. The three outstanding films will be shown at the event.

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