COP26: Liverpool children send powerful video message to world leaders about climate change

“It’s us who’re going to have to deal with the consequences of their stupid actions.”

More then 100 youngsters from the Liverpool City Region have sent a stark video message to world leaders as they gather for the COP26 climate change summit.

Footage commissioned by the Combined Authority features 112 youngsters aged between five and 18 from across the region’s six boroughs.

One child taking part in the video said: “To stop climate change, frankly, you’ve got to put aside differences and petty squabbles and think about the greater good and how you’re going to move forward to have a better future.”

100 Voices for COP26
100 Voices for COP26
100 Voices for COP26

Another added: “If we don’t solve it now then we’re going to hit the point of no return and we won’t be able to go back.”

Another said: “All the world leaders, they’re old, and it’s us who’re going to have to deal with the consequences of their stupid actions.”

Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram has described the ‘100 Voices’ video as thought-provoking and urged both parents and leaders to watch it.

He said: “Climate change is the defining issue of our age. No longer a threat coming down the road, its effects are being felt right now, posing an existential threat to us all.

“In the Liverpool City Region we’ve displayed real leadership and are making strong progress to decarbonise and reach net zero well before nation targets.

“This powerful video from local school children sends a clear message to the world’s leaders at COP26: there is no planet B.

“They are demanding action now to save the world and safeguard it for future generations. We can’t afford to let them down.”

Mayor Rotherham also met with young people in Liverpool last week who were taking part in the National Citizen Service changemakers programme to talk about the changes they believe will be needed for the region to reduce emissions and reach net zero carbon by 2040.