Wicked Weather Watch charity has provided assemblies and climate change workshops for over 21,000 primary school pupils in Wiltshire – but they say it’s not enough.

According to volunteers at the charity, the younger generation is facing an unprecedented environmental challenge, and so it is more important than ever that they are educated about it.

The Wiltshire-based charity teaches pupils about the science of climate change through talks with real-life Arctic explorers, and they are now hoping to raise £4,000 to be able to expand their climate education scheme.

“It can be difficult for people to fully appreciate the threat of global warming until it directly impacts them, but I’ve seen massive changes since 1982 when I first went to the Arctic,” said polar explorer and charity founder, Sir David Hempleman-Adams.

“Our planet is ours to look after and children think about this from a very early age, which is why Wicked Weather Watch (WWW) is so important,” he added.

As well as talks and assemblies with Arctic explorers, WWW provide interactive workshop days for primary schools focused on sustainability and the Arctic.

The initiative focuses on connecting pupils to the Arctic region, reducing eco-anxiety, and inspiring them to take climate action.

According to a global survey carried out in 2021, nearly 60 per cent of young people aged 16 to 25 feel very worried about climate change, and three-quarters think that the future is frightening.

More than half of the young people surveyed said they think humanity is doomed.

But calling in polar explorers isn’t cheap, and with climate anxiety rates soaring and global temperatures rising, WWW believes that now is the time to expand their scheme.

Their Big Give Christmas Challenge campaign aims to raise £4,000 to be able to reach 4,000 more school students in 2024 through WWW’s events.

"We are all in this together... everyone is affected by the mistakes humans are making,” said one Year 6 pupil who had taken part in the interactive event.

"We really need to help the planet or the polar regions will melt and make sea levels rise, causing flooding. I learned how we can all play our part in stopping climate change,” another pupil added.

The Wiltshire charity run entirely on donations, and are urging parents and members of the public who want to help educate children on the future of the planet and ongoing crisis, to donate via the appeal on their website.