In the online Children’s Parliament, children from all throughout the United Kingdom have their voice on climate change.
At the COP26 summit later this year, children will deliver their own “Parliamentary” statement on climate change to world leaders. As part of the UK’s first online Children’s Parliament, 650 children aged seven to thirteen will represent constituencies around the country.
The virtual parliamentary session will take place in a “chamber” modeled after the House of Commons, with half of the children representing Her Majesty’s Government and the other representing Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition. Along with COVID-19 and technology, they will debate and vote on environmental problems that are important to them.
This House Matters is an initiative that is viewed as crucial in teaching youngsters about the importance of democracy.
Sir David Amess, MP, is their Parliamentary champion.
“I want to inspire children across the United Kingdom to become active in the democratic process from an early age,” Sir David stated.
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“Each MP will have a junior MP from their constituency in the debate,” he stated. It’s incredible that technology exists to allow a national debate to take place without the youngsters having to leave their homes.”
“It’s crucial to give youngsters a say when it comes to their future,” said Steven Abrahams of Microsoft Teams, which is sponsoring the parliament.
The initiative was established by Wakelet, a British online educational platform, in cooperation with Microsoft 365, and is endorsed by the Daily Express, which earlier this year began its successful Green Britain crusade.
Peter Spencer-Lane, headmaster of Saint Pierre School in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, with Sir David and some of his pupils, is the parliament’s headmaster champion.
“These children hold our planet’s future in their hands, and it is a duty they take very seriously,” he added of the youth parliament.
“They are a generation committed to the environment, a generation focused on restoration rather than blame, a generation that owns the future, and a generation to whom we must pay attention.
“Children this age are incredibly knowledgeable and concerned about the environment.”
The session will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday, October 29th, immediately before the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2021 (COP26) meets in Glasgow on Monday, November 1st, and will last until 12 a.m. on Monday, November 1st.
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