West Norfolk schools join fight for climate action ahead of COP26 global summit
Hundreds of school children in West Norfolk are getting creative to help deliver a powerful message demanding action from world leaders to tackle climate change.
Schools across the area have marked this week’s Great Big Green Week by taking part in a new initiative led by the King’s Lynn Klimate Concern group.
They are developing an album, featuring a selection of youngsters’ messages on the issue, which they then plan to deliver to the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow in November.
Fourteen schools have signed up to take part in the project.
And Sarah Glenn, from Klimate Concern, hopes the messages that are included in the final volume will highlight the perils faced by those who may have to live with the aftermath of climate change for longest in one of the country’s most vulnerable areas.
She said: “We’re delighted with the response we’ve had from the schools.
“Given they’ve got so much on their plates at the start of this term, we’re so pleased so many have responded. It’s been brilliant.
“We want to highlight how important it is for young people, for our future, that we do something right now.
“The big action has to come from governments.
“If ordinary people can show the politicians we care how much we care about this, how much we care that the UK takes a leadership role in persuading itself, as well as other governments, to honour its obligations, that’s the best chance we have of COP26 being a success.”
Schools taking part in the project include the primaries in Ashwicken, Clenchwarton, Dersingham, Flitcham, North Wootton, Sandringham, Snettisham, Walpole Cross Keys and West Lynn.
Other participants are the Heacham Infant and Junior Schools, Gaywood Primary, the Holly Meadows School in Pott Row and the St Michael’s CE Academy in South Lynn.