Background

Climate change is a human rights issue. Any plan, solution or action to tackle climate change in Scotland must respond to the needs, and rights of everyone living here and this means listening to the diversity of views and lived experiences of Scotland’s citizens. This includes children who equally have the right to have opinions and for these opinions to be heard and taken seriously as outlined in Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

As Scotland’s Climate Assembly members had to be over the age of 16, the Secretariat invited Children’s Parliament to support the participation and engagement of children under 16, to ensure their views, experiences and ideas were part of the discussions and calls to action going forward. To capture the diversity of children’s views and experiences, and to echo the process of the Assembly, Children’s Parliament worked with 100 children across Scotland from 10 schools. The children were a mixed gender, income and ethnicity group representing both urban and rural communities.

About Children's Parliament

Established in 1996, Children’s Parliament is Scotland’s centre of excellence for children’s human rights, participation and engagement. Through rights-based, creative practice, they provide younger children from diverse backgrounds across Scotland with opportunities to share their experiences, thoughts and feelings so that they can influence positive change in their lives at home, in school and in the community.

Their mission is to inspire greater awareness and understanding of the power of children’s human rights and to support implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) across Scotland.

Further Information

If you have any questions or would like more information, you can contact Katie Reid, project lead on: katie@childrensparliament.org.uk.

You can also visit our website to find out more about Children’s Parliament current and past work: www.childrensparliament.org.uk.