Hello, we’re 12 members of Children’s Parliament who are investigating children’s views on climate change for the Climate Assembly happening in Scotland. Scotland is a small country, but we all live in very different places. I’m Seumas, I’m Lana and my name is Margaret. I’m Maya and I’m Mollie and my name is Ben. Hi, my name is Cian. My name is Dan and my name is Keira. Hey, my name is Tyler, I’m Ayesha. Hello, my name is Nadia. 

But there’s also another 88 children involved from across Scotland too! It’s important that children from across Scotland are involved in the Climate Assembly 
as we are growing up in very different environments. The challenges and changes happening because of climate change in our communities are different for all of us. Children’s Parliament is about making sure children’s views and ideas are heard in the decisions being made in Scotland.

What does climate change mean to you?

Cian: Climate change will have an impact on my future so it’s important I have a voice.
Nadia: I think climate change is about plants, the crops being ruined and everything being overpriced.

Dan: It’s polluting the air

Ayesha: and the animals are getting endangered.

Mollie: It’s a bit deal and children’s voices should be heard about climate change.

Ben: It’s very serious and if we don’t act now, it could ruin the future of our planet and the next generation.

Maya: It’s heart-breaking because all the wildlife and nature is going away before our eyes.

Margaret: It’s getting hotter and the crop fields are getting flooded which is tough for the crofters.

Lana: The planet is getting warmer and ice glaciers are melting. And in some of the ice glaciers you can find very bad diseases which we haven’t got vaccines for.

Why do you think it is important for children to be involved in decisions being made about climate change?

Ayesha: We all have the same opinion that it will impact our future more than some adults’ futures.

Mollie: I think that some adults take all the, like…they don’t listen to children so Children’s Parliament is a very good way for children’s voices to be heard.

Maya: children should have a bigger say in climate change and they should do more about it. 

Ben: Sometimes kids have good ideas and them good ideas could be kickstart we need to defeat climate change.  Children have a right to have a say and to be listened to. 

It’s important that we are included in the Climate Assembly because… Children have the right to grow up happy, healthy and safe, and this means making sure the environment isn’t causing us harm.  With the climate emergency, we know things have to change now to protect our planet and the rights of everyone who lives here. As a part of the Climate Assembly, we’re going to be investigating what children think Scotland should do to tackle the climate crisis today. Because of coronavirus, we’re working together online and doing separate activities in our school groups. So, to get started, we’ve been finding out what children already know and think about climate change. In October, the 100 children involved in this project completed a digital survey and here’s some of the things we found out.

I understand what climate change is. Describe how you feel about climate change in Scotland in three words. I feel my views and ideas are listened to and taken seriously by adults. What does climate change mean to you? Is it important for children to be involved in the Climate Assembly? 

We know children and young people are standing up for climate justice across the world. But this isn’t a new worry for children. Back in 2008, Members of Children’s Parliament investigated some of the things we should be doing to tackle climate change and created a giant mural with their hopes and dreams for Scotland’s future. It’s amazing to see what has and hasn’t changed – and what needs to change.

Keep an eye out for our next video to see updates on the project!