According to this report from Rory Selvey of Policy Scotland:
"Young people’s perspectives are underrepresented and sorely needed in environmental discussions. Whilst the negative impacts of climate change will fall disproportionately on the young, most of the perspectives considered in the policymaking space are those of adults (Lee et al., 2020)."
"The demand to be heard has not gone unnoticed: children and young people engaged in climate strikes throughout COP21 in Paris, COP24 in Poland, and overwhelmingly dominated the half a million protestors at the most recent COP25 summit (Lee et al., 2020; Chandramouli, 2019)"
Also, hear from Justina, a 15-year-old girl from Zambia on why young people need to be heard.
Challenge: Imagine you enter an elevator with the organiser of COP26 and its only going up a few floors.
-You have 30 seconds at most to convince them why it's important for children's voices to be heard at COP26.
-Remember, it's got to be short, snappy and contain your most important points.
-How will you make it stick in the organisers memory when they've left the elevator?
What would you say? Write your "elevator-pitch" in the comments below.