'Save our planet and our future!' West Norfolk children's powerful message to COP26 summit
If it’s the biggest issue facing the world today, then these are the people who are likely to face living with its effects for the longest.
As world leaders prepare to discuss how to tackle the climate crisis, schoolchildren across West Norfolk have been preparing their own powerful messages.
From “Our planet, our lives” to “There is no planet B”, the demand for action could not be clearer.
Hundreds of children, attending 14 schools across the borough, have been taking part in a project led by the King’s Lynn Klimate Concern group.
The organisation has collected scores of works from pupils at schools from all points of our area.
And a selection of them are going to form a special album which the group plans to deliver to the COP26 summit in Glasgow in early November.
Klimate Concern officials say their aim is to give children the chance to express their hopes, wishes and fears directly to the men and women who will make the decisions that matter in Scotland in a few weeks’ time.
They say they have been delighted with the response from schools.
Youngsters in primaries across the West Norfolk Academies Trust have taken part in an initiative led by the King’s Lynn Klimate Concern group to make sure their voices are heard during the climate summit taking place in November in Glasgow.
Snettisham Primary is one of the 14 schools which took part in the project.
Children from all classes – reception through to year 6 – were asked to think about what should happen to help preserve the future of the planet.
A selection of the messages from all schools will now be gathered in an album which will be delivered at the summit to COP26 president Alok Sharma MP by King’s Lynn Klimate Concern.
Assistant headteacher Clare Enters said: “King’s Lynn Klimate Concern approached us with the idea to have a selection of messages to take to COP26.
“It is so important to have the voices of youth heard as it is their future.
“The children were really engaged and all ages were involved – the young children put together a collective poster, while Year 5/6 created individual postcards.”
Some examples of the messages gathered include one which asked the question – “why are not all homes eco-friendly?”.
Another said: “Let’s all come together as one big team and sort this mess out.”
Showing the children’s awareness of the urgency of the situation, one message warned: “There is only one planet – there is no planet B”.
Ms Enters said the project had inspired assemblies and discussions around climate issues such as whether enough was being done to meet the ambitions of the Paris Agreement, plastic pollution and destruction of forests.
But she said there were wider concerns which the pupils at Snettisham Primary raised.
“What really came across was the idea of being fair and what fair means,” she said.
“For example, the question of why everyone doesn’t have an electric car, because the majority of people can’t afford them.
“Children have a strong sense of justice and they felt it was not fair not everyone has enough to eat – when there is enough food why are people still going hungry?”
The messages, which have been delivered to KLKlimate Concern, will also be put on display in the school. Other schools taking part include Heacham Infant and Junior Schools, Gaywood Primary, West Lynn Primary, and Clenchwarton Primary.