What Artograffi had to say in 2023
The young journalists who write and design Artograffi, the centre pages of The Ambler have had a lot on their minds this last year. The young people who contribute are aged between 10 and 17 and they are encouraged to have their say on issues that concern them.
The environment and climate change loomed large; the subject is usually covered in every edition. This year the subjects ranged from forest fires and keeping the climate below 1.5 degrees, to the benefits of wild swimming, and the felling of the Sycamore Gap tree.
We had a recommendation of books to read, and a review of Pokemon Violet, plus a consideration of a new force in social media – the deinfluencer. And we took a look at whether we should be afraid of AI.
The dangers of vaping, especially for children was discussed twice this year. Tragedy and wars in various parts of the world were of obvious concern; the latter drew a plea for an end to the fighting, plus we had a consideration of what happens when we are surrounded by bad news.
Overpopulation, faith schools, and the monarchy faced scrutiny by the team. And tips for if you need braces.
The team were fortunate to meet Fernando Montano who was visiting Amble last winter. Fernando is a world renown ballet dancer who has performed on stages all over the world. He also has a keen interest in sustainable and environmental issues, and inspired all the youngsters who met him with his kind and encouraging nature.
The loss of a promised running track, a new home for the Covid stones, upgrades at the Welfare, and changes at the school were all discussed during the year. Local girls were encouraged to join the grass routes football teams, and the award winning entrepreneurs from JCSC featured more than once, as we kept up to date with their progress.