Poetry is poised to play a part in the battle against climate change in Cumbria.

Budding writers from across the county are being urged to take part in a competition designed to get them interested about the environment.

It is being organised by Cumbria’s branch of the UK Student Climate Network.

Isabella Bridgman and Clare Rodger, the brains behind the competition, hope that by writing poetry, more young people will be come more aware of the threats that are facing humanity.

They said: “We decided to launch this competition to raise awareness of the climate crisis and the environmental issues we are all facing.”

They believe that poetry gets people interested in learning by tapping into their creative side.

“Hopefully, in researching the topic in order to write a poem, students will learn more about the crisis and other challenges we’re facing.”

Prizes for the competition have been donated by the local environmental company Zuza trading and the WWF.

“We would love as many students as possible to get involved- all ages, and from all areas of Cumbria, and we are sure that all the entries will offer a unique perspective on the environmental challenges humanity is facing,” they commented.

The competition has been launched as support for issues surrounding climate change continues to grow across the county.

Entries for the competition are open for students across Cumbria until June 27.