Every voice matters in the fight against climate change, but young people’s futures will be most affected by the decisions and actions we make today.
We gave four school pupils a platform to share their visions for a greener future, in a speech that was premiered digitally to world leaders – and the world – at COP26.
Voices For A Green Future: Children’s messages to world leaders at COP26
Out of hundreds of entries submitted by children from over 300 schools across the country, we’ve now selected the four winners of our Voices for a Green Future competition.
They were chosen by a judging panel that included TV presenter Helen Skelton, Chief Engineer of National Grid David Wright and MPs Ruth Jones and Philip Dunne.
Guillaume’s speech for COP26
Guillaume insisted he would make every other building a green building and encouraged developing more energy efficient homes across the country. He wants supermarkets to ‘become super at no plastic creation’ given they help contribute to half of the plastic waste in UK households.Watch Guillaume's film
Zaara’s speech for COP26
Zaara wanted regular one-hour energy shutdowns to make savings, as well as the country only drawing electricity from renewable energy. Closing with a plea to world leaders, she stated "we have less than two decades to solve climate change and help the planet".Watch Zaara's film
The four winners each received these prizes:
1. A VIP video shoot with a video production company to turn their winning speech and ideas into a short film. This will be premiered at COP26 in front of world leaders on 5 November.
2. A £5,000 grant for their school to put towards initiatives focused on climate change and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
3. £150 of National Book Tokens and science related toys for themselves.
The six runners-up were awarded a £50 National Book Tokens gift card:
National Grid has partnered with Sustainability First - an educational charity dedicated to advancing knowledge of sustainability - to put together a range of interdisciplinary educational primary school workshops on sustainability and climate change, called ‘Together for a fair climate future’. There are videos and workshop instructions on various topics such as ‘Let’s get wise about waste’ and ‘Our changing world’.
This video is ideal for helping kids of primary school age to understand some of the topics surrounding climate change and electricity.
Children’s TV presenters Maddie Moate and Greg Foot discover how electricity gets around the UK, and what “Net Zero” actually means.