About The Project

Background

Tackling climate change has been a key issue for children across Scotland since Children’s Parliament began 25 years ago. Children have repeatedly told us that they do not have the chance to voice their worries and ideas around climate change. This is especially true for children under the age of 14 years.

The climate emergency is a human rights issue, and any plan or action to tackle it must account for the needs and rights of all generations. By including the voices of those whose futures will be most impacted by climate change, we can contribute to wider cultural change: children have the right to have a say and be taken seriously under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and its legal incorporation in Scotland.

Wee Voices, Big Ideas

In December 2020, Children’s Parliament heard from 5,000 children across Scotland through a survey identifying key issues for children in 2020. 44% of children responding to the surveys voted ‘climate change’ as the most important issue for 2021.

Scotland’s Climate Assembly

Members of Children’s Parliament became the youngest, and first, children in the world to be directly involved in a citizens’ assembly. 12 of the Members of Children’s Parliament became the ‘Investigators’ and led the children’s work by exploring evidence of climate change, sharing their own experiences and ideas, and representing the views of the other children.

In June 2021, their 41 Calls to Action on climate change were given to Scottish Parliament alongside Scotland’s Climate Assembly full report. The formal response from Scottish Government is expected by the end of 2021, but adults across the Climate Assembly and decision-makers have already told us how valuable the children’s contributions have been.

Climate Changemakers

As part of COP26, the UN Conference on Climate Change, being held in Glasgow in November 2021, Children’s Parliament has been invited to contribute to the global conversations around tackling the climate emergency this year. Members of Children’s Parliament involved in Scotland’s Climate Assembly will share their experiences of being involved in deliberative democratic processes on tackling the climate emergency and share children’s Calls to Action to decision-makers.

We created this toolkit with the 12 Investigators, who shared their ideas and helped the website design. They told us how important it is for children to have the space to share their ideas on climate change, so we wanted to create something that all children could be a part of. We look forward to hearing all about the amazing ways children continue to stand up for their rights to a healthy environment and to have a say in decisions being made about the climate emergency.

This is just the beginning! We have also included a list of other projects and ideas happening across Scotland that children can explore and get involved in.

You can email us at katie@childrensparliament.org.uk if you have any questions about our work, or the Climate Changemakers project.

Our Partners

Scotland's Climate Assembly
30 Years Globe