Children's call to the leaders of the world: Act like a kid!
At Children's Climate Conference, which is in full swing in the City Hall in Södertälje, the kids finalized their very own communiqué, "the children's demands." It will be handed over to the leaders of the world at the climate summit, COP21, in Paris next week. The document was ceremoniously signed by the 64 children through personal and colorful thumbprint. Children’s call to the adults: "Act Like a Kid!"
The climate summit in Paris next week, COP21, is the most important gathering ever held. There is no doubt that world leaders now need to agree on climate emissions, otherwise there will be irreversible consequences. Kids want to be heard on this crucial issue that actually affects the next generation more than the adults who decide now. That’s why the Children's Climate Conference is taking place.
Daniel Yonan, 10 years old, from Södertälje is one of the children in the Paris delegation and he is sure that the world leaders will listen.
- They have to listen to me. I want to do something big that could improve the world, says Daniel Yonan.
The conference will continue tomorrow Friday and the children will present their communiqué at the Swedish Ministry of Environment, where the Environment- and Deputy Prime Minister, Åsa Romson, will listen and take it further to COP21. The next step is for the children to agree on how the communiqué is going to be presented in Paris at the COP21, where they got 5 minutes of the agenda to dispose of.
The communiqué will be handed over by the children themselves in Paris on 3 December. More info about this event is yet to come.
ACT LIKE A KID!
We are kids, and we will fight to save the world!
We are kids, and we see our schools float away in rising water. We see the ice melting, and starving polar bears in our land. We see our water wells drying out. And we see black smoke killing people.
– But we will fight to save the world!
We are kids, and we see typhoons hitting our homes. We see big people cutting down trees, and we feel how the air sometimes is hard to breathe. We see how the forest is burning.
– But we will fight to save this world.
We are kids, and we like to play. We like to draw, play football
and read books. We like to sing and dance.
– But now we will fight to save the world.
We are kids, and we have to pay for mistakes that we haven’t made. You adults are giving us a world in chaos, and we are scared.
But our future children should live in a better world than this.
– So we will fight to save the world!
We are kids, we’re still young and have a lot to learn. But this is the last chance to save our planet, and we don’t have the time to grow up. Our planet is dying slowly. This has to end. That’s why we’re here to tell you adults;
Act like us kids – and fight to save the world!
For more information, please contact:
Jonna Holmgren, Press Officer CCC
Phone: 46 70 888 05 02
About Children´s Climate Conference
The Children´s Climate Conference is an initiative by Telge Energi and is arranged with support by the City of Södertälje, Fryshuset, Globetree and the World Wildlife Foundation WWF in Sweden. Between November 25-28, children in the age of 9-12 years from the whole world will meet in Södertälje, to discuss the climate challenge. The purpose of the conference is to give the children of the world a strong voice and to put pressure on the world’s leaders to reach an agreement at the UN Climate Summit (COP21). Read more: www.childrensclimateconference.org