Carol@mirror.Co.Uk: We've All Wwwon Awards; BRITISH KIDS SCOOP WORLDWIDE NET PRIZES

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Carol@mirror.Co.Uk: We've All Wwwon Awards; BRITISH KIDS SCOOP WORLDWIDE NET PRIZES


Byline: LAURETTE ZIEMER

SARAH Bowler is hopping mad - and she's not going to take it any more.

The 13-year-old is so angry about global warming that she's set up a website to promote green schemes.

And her hard work has been recognised with an award in an international competition to find the best websites designed by children.

The schoolgirl from Rotherham, S Yorks, was inspired to launch http:// uk.geocities.com/coolkidsforacoolclimate when she attended a conference on the environment in Canada.

Last night she was alongside other enterprising youngsters at the Science Museum in London to collect a Childnet award.

The Cable and Wireless Childnet Awards (www.childnetawards.org) were established six years ago to recognise the innovative work young people are doing on the net.

The judges of the awards, including the Daily Mirror's Carol Vorderman, were overwhelmed by the high standard of this year's 270 entries from around the globe.

They selected 12 outstanding projects as winners, giving Sarah's site third place in the Individual category.

A Childnet spokesman says: "This is a wonderful example of how young people can turn ideas into action using the web.

"Working on limited resources, Sarah has produced a simple, easy-to-understand website which has huge potential. It is a superb achievement for a young girl."

Sarah says: "I would like to see my project make an impact on the minds of people and make them think about their actions, reducing the amount of fossil fuels that they burn.

"I would like to see the politicians work out policies that think further into the future and sort out the mess we're in.

"We've got to stop climate change where it starts and cut down our CO2 emissions now. It is brilliant to be recognised for the Childnet awards. My website is very new, and there are so many other great projects."

This year children at the Great Ormond Street hospital won first prize in the Not-For-Profit category with www.gosh.nhs.uk/kidsand teens/ index.html

The site is carefully split into different age groups and allows children to learn about a range of medical issues as well as have some fun.

"GOSHKids aims to be the health website by and for children," says the site's children and families editor Gary Loach. "The Childnet award is a great honour because it recognises the importance of supporting children, as well as their parents, through illness and health worries."

In the same category was www. webplay.org produced by the non-profit children's drama company, Polka Theatre in London. The joint British and American collaboration uses the net to link primary schools around the world. The children share information about themselves and then other schools put on performances based on these details.

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