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Depictions of how children view the global warming crisis were unveiled to political leaders and climate experts at Cop26 today.
The best of nearly 4,000 hand-drawn posters from primary schools across the UK were shown as part of a Commonwealth Blue Charter focus on how young people viewed the environmental crisis.
The creative solutions on show at Cop26 as well as at Glasgow Airport and hotels brought an extra dimension to the climate debate, said Commonwealth Secretary General Baroness Scotland.
She said that the winning poster depicting a heart showing valves belching out smoke depicted an “absolutely powerful message to keep it beating”.
Baroness Scotland said the competition run through Rotary clubs was a superb way to involve young people in being involved in tackling the challenge.
“It is a critical moment. We are all charged on an indictment. I intend to plead not guilty,” she said.
The Baroness took part in a live discussion with young children from Ewell Castle School in Surrey as well as schools from Nigeria and Malta.
She praised them them as “the new climate warriors who are so engaged”.
She told them: “None of us can do this on our own but if we come together and think about positive things we can do we are on our way.”
Judith Diment, talking for Rotary International who staged the competition with the theme Mitigating Climate Change, said the young people had been given a voice through their posters and it was now “for the people of the world to make it a better and safer place for their generation”.
The three winning entries were from pupils all aged 11, including a pupil from Santer Pipers Corners Preparatory School in High Wycombe Buckinghamshire, entered through Amersham Rotary Club.