Youth activistsIn desperation at the slow progress of world Governments to halt the climate crisis, children and young adults’ voices have become louder and, it seems, they may be being heard at last! This is not just the result of school strikes or demonstrations but by their direct communication with political and business leaders. Now, they are invited to speak to world audiences at international climate events, some resorting to legal means, seeking climate justice for the world and their future.

In September 2020 we highlighted 6 young Portuguese climate activists who, through the global legal action network and youth4climate justice took 33 countries to the Court of Human Rights. This, they argued, was for failing to play their part in averting a climate catastrophe. We now know that the Strasbourg court made this case a priority! Last year, the defence of each of those 33 Governments was passed to the youth-applicant’s legal team to respond to by January 12th 2022. Climate experts are now gathering further supportive evidence. We wish them luck and wait to see what happens.

We also featured Teach the Future (TTF), a youth led organisation campaigning for climate education in schools. TTF say students are not being prepared to enable them to face the effect of the climate crisis, or taught to understand the solutions. Last November, TTF took their Climate Education Bill to Westminster. The MP, Nadia Whittome, introduced the Bill into Parliament where it now awaits its second reading - an achievement to have reached this far, we hope it will be passed.

In 2020, COP26 was postponed. (This is the big annual global Climate Change event where countries come together and pledge actions to halt climate change). Young people believed that past events like this demonstrated how Governments were just not doing enough. It spurred them to more climate strikes and to try different ways of being heard. A group of youth-led delegates decided to hold an online ‘Mock COP26’ conference event. Over 330 youth delegates from 140 countries were involved.

These delegates shared their hopes and ambitions, to fight for a world that was fair, green and equal. At the end of their youth conference, Mock COP26 members decided on several important requirements to share with their country’s leaders. These included the need for:- climate education, climate justice worldwide, good health and protecting biodiversity. Their next step was for members to lobby their leaders to put these requirements into action.

In November 2021, the UK hosted the delayed official COP26 event. Thousands of young people, from the UK and the world, travelled to Glasgow calling for more action from the international decision makers. Inside the COP Blue Zone, young activists successfully delivered a 40,000 signature Youth Statement demanding they be heard and to be included in the negotiations. Representatives of the Mock COP26 team introduced their organisation and demands to the global leaders.

Alok Sharma, COP26 President, declared “The voices of young people must be heard and reflected in these negotiations here at COP. The actions and scrutiny of young people are key to us keeping 1.5° alive and creating a net-zero future”.

 

 

curlew summer art competitionThis summer we held an art competiton for children in the Moorlands. We asked them to represent a Curlew in any way that they chose. We got the idea from the Curlew painting activity that Moira organised at the HuG Festival. We ended up with quite a few entries, some from local schools and others individual. We have been very impressed with the standard of the entries. There are some very talented young artists out there!

The competition was also a way of engaging with local children and highlighting the plight of the Curlew, a summer visitor to our moors.
We have asked a local artist and and someone from the RSPB to be our judges and, if they can’t decide, the MCA committee will have a look at them and make a final decision. We will announce the winners at the the end of October.

All the entries are now on our website and you can have a look at them using these links.

Curlew Competition Ages 12+

Curlew Competition Ages 5 to 11

Enjoy looking at them - we did!

Sally Perry and Moira McCourt

Greta Thunberg Lausanne Palais de Rumine 17 Janvier 2020 copieYoung Climate Activist – Greta Thunberg

Build back better. Blah, blah, blah. Green economy. Blah blah blah. Net zero by 2050. Blah, blah, blah.”  Says Greta Thunberg. 

As perhaps the world’s most well-known young climate activist, Greta spoke at the recent Youth4Climate summit in Milan, Italy, dismissing the words of “our so called leaders” as “Words that sound great but so far have not led to action.”

Greta’s solo climate strike in 2018 generated a youth movement where millions of young climate protesters across the world began their ‘school strike’,  calling for Government to listen, to halt fossil fuel extraction, reduce carbon emissions and address pollution.  It was their young lives and future that was being put at risk by the inaction of our world leaders.

 

Winners of MCA 2021 Summer Art Competition to:-  Draw, Make or Paint a Curlew

Thank you and well done, to all who entered our Competition. There were some wonderful entries and the standard of artwork was very high.  We received many creative, well observed representations of curlews, their habitat and a few chicks too!

Thank you to parents and supporters for helping the children to enter and to teachers from The Meadows school,  Endon Hall Primary and Moor first school Biddulph, who also enabled their children and young people to enter.  We would like to thank our local judges, artist Carole Knight and Local RSPB wading bird expert Tom Peacock for choosing the winning entries which must have been a difficult task.

We thank all our young artists for helping to raise awareness, through our competition, about the endangered status of our Moorland curlews. Endangered in part due to climate change, loss of habitat, and an increase of predators.

Congratulations to our winners! :-

12+ category - winner. Lenora  
2nd place Jamie
3rd place Shelton 

 

Winners of MCA 2021 Summer Art Competition to:-  Draw, Make or Paint a Curlew

Thank you and well done, to all who entered our Competition. There were some wonderful entries and the standard of artwork was very high.  We received many creative, well observed representations of curlews, their habitat and a few chicks too!

Thank you to parents and supporters for helping the children to enter and to teachers from The Meadows school,  Endon Hall Primary and Moor first school Biddulph, who also enabled their children and young people to enter.  We would like to thank our local judges, artist Carole Knight and Local RSPB wading bird expert Tom Peacock for choosing the winning entries which must have been a difficult task.

We thank all our young artists for helping to raise awareness, through our competition, about the endangered status of our Moorland curlews. Endangered in part due to climate change, loss of habitat, and an increase of predators.

Congratulations to our winners! :-


5-11 category - joint winners Jude (9) and Ibrahim (11)
Joint 2nd place - Jessica (9) and Eden (7)
3rd place - Jared (11)

 

 

 

bp climate heroes badgeDo you want to be a Climate Hero? If you are between 6-15 years old you can be! AND receive a Blue Peter Green Badge which gives you FREE entry to 200 attractions!

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BBC and CBBC programme Blue Peter are offering young people the chance to be Climate Heroes. If you are eligible to apply or, if you know of a young person who might like to apply here’s how…..

What do you have to do?

To apply for your Blue Peter Green Badge, you agree to carry out three pledges and keep doing them for two weeks.

1st Pledge – Power – is about ways you can reduce your use of electricity
2nd Pledge – Plastic - is about ways of reducing your use of plastic and recycling
3rd Pledge – Plants - is about planting pollinator plants and saving water

To find out more about what you can do go to this website: -
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/findoutmore/blue-peter-apply-for-a-green-badge

How to apply

When you have completed your three Power, Plastic and Plants Pledges for at least two weeks, you click on the link given on the website. Tell them what you’ve done and upload your photos and artwork to show how much you care about nature, the environment and your planet.

To apply for your green badge, you must:-

  • Be between 6 – 15 years old.
  • Ask your parent or guardian for permission and ask them to read the Privacy Notice.

Thousands of children will have done these activities and applied for their green badge. This means it may take a while to arrive but Blue Peter promises every applicant will get one.

blue peter 2021 logo

Blue Peter is a children’s programme that has been running for a long time. Their Blue Peter badges have been sought after by generations of young people for over 50 years. (Ask adults in your family if they have ever received one). This time Blue Peter is helping you to save the planet by reducing our carbon emissions, recycle and reduce plastic waste and help nature and the environment.
Go on… Be A Climate Hero!