Published: Wednesday, 3rd November 2021
Schoolchildren from across west Norfolk have showcased their moving messages about climate change on the eve of COP26.
West Norfolk schools were invited to participate in a project set up by KLimate Concern which saw young people creating messages to world leaders about climate change in the form of pictures, poems, prose, and posters.
13 schools from across west Norfolk got involved in the project and members of KLimate Concern, together with the News Editor of the Lynn News Allister Webb had the very difficult task of choosing a few messages from each school to go into an album for Alok Sharma MP, President of COP26.
And, on Saturday 30 October, at the invitation of the Mayor of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Councillor Harry Humphrey, the children displayed their work at the Town Hall. The Mayor and Deputy Mayor Councillor Lesley Bambridge were on hand to greet and chat to the pupils and families.
Sarah Glenn of KLimate Concern said: “We were frankly overwhelmed by the children’s work: it’s powerful, emotive and creative and we were really keen to display it.
“We’re really pleased that the Mayor and Deputy Mayor were so supportive and welcoming, which is recognition of the importance of the issue and the work of the children.”
Mayor of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Councillor Harry Humphrey commented: “Climate change is such a crucial issue and in west Norfolk, we are committed to doing what we can to tackle it.
“It was inspiring to see the work that the children created and I would like to congratulate all of the young people involved for their efforts.
“With COP26 beginning, it is fantastic to see these young people leading the way in conveying such important messages about protecting our environment.”
The schools taking part were: Walpole Cross Keys Primary School; Clenchwarton Primary School; West Lynn Primary School; St Michael’s C of E Academy; Gaywood Primary School; Ashwicken C of E Primary School; Holly Meadows School; North Wootton Academy; Flitcham C of E Primary Academy; Sandringham and W Newton C of E Primary Academy; Dersingham VA Primary and Nursery School; Snettisham Primary School; Heacham Junior School.
* KLimate Concern is a local non-political group based in King’s Lynn working to identify, share and promote good practice on reducing our impact on climate change.