Around 1,000 students wrote messages to the Climate Change Secretary asking him to speak up for children. ©UNICEF UK/2012/Jonathan Waring
At UNICEF UK, we want children's rights to be respected at all levels everywhere, and this includes getting their voices heard by decision makers. With this in mind, we've launched a pilot project to get young people from our fantastic Rights Respecting Schools more engaged in our campaigning work.
We developed an action pack which we sent out to just a few schools after the summer holidays, and I was amazed by the response. Thirteen schools joined in with our Speak Up for Children campaign, taking thousands of actions between them, all asking the UK Government to protect children from climate change. Particularly moving were close to 1,000 leaf messages to the Secretary of State for Climate Change – you can view some of the best of these in our Facebook gallery.
Here is one of my favourite messages from a student at Chestnut Grove Academy in Wandsworth:
"Climate change is becoming a real problem. We need to do something. You can do the most. So please do what you can. Or you could just let nature take its course. Your choice. Please choose right."
The pilot has been so successful, we'll be continuing it next year. Watch
this space for details if your school is interested in getting
Huge thanks to all the schools below, who gathered messages, wrote to their MPs and encouraged pupils to get involved:
Burntwood Girls' School
Carlton Hill Primary School
Chestnut Grove School
Craigee High School
Harrow Way Community School
Rivers Academy West London
St Kentigern's Academy
Tanbridge House School
Natasha Adams is Activism Officer at UNICEF UK