Birmingham City Council

Young people help set Copenhagen agenda

Young people help set Copenhagen agenda

Children from Birmingham schools will help set the agenda for politicians from across the globe when they hold their own version of the upcoming Copenhagen Summit on Climate Change on December 2.

The event, organised by Birmingham City Council, will see more than 100 pupils gather at the Council House for to put their points of view forward on ecological issues of importance to them.


During the summit, the children will decide what the top five points are that they want Birmingham’s delegation to take to Copenhagen when it attends the real UN summit between December 14 and 17.


Pupils will also be able to quiz a panel including Cllr Paul Tilsley (Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council) Sandy Taylor (the council’s head of climate change and sustainability), Tony Howell (the council’s Strategic Director of Children, Young People and Families) and Chris Crean (West Midlands regional campaigns co-ordinator for Friends of the Earth).


Cllr Paul Tilsley said: “Climate change is an issue that affects people of all ages, so if we are to protect the world on a long-term basis it is essential that the youth of today are able to have their say on the issue.


“This is because it will make them feel they are able to influence the direction that today’s politicians take, and make them more likely to continue having an interest in the subject when they are adults.


“Here in Birmingham, we are fully committed to taking such an approach, and those young people from the city involved with this event are in the prestigious position of knowing the views they express will be taken onto a global platform when we visit Copehagen for the UN Climate Change summit.”


The schools set to be present at Birmingham’s young people’s summit include Bishop Challenor (Kings Heath), The International School (Tile Cross), Bishop Vesey’s Grammar (Sutton Coldfield) and Yardley’s (Tyseley).


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For further information contact Kris Kowalewski on 0121 303 362.

  • Category: Regeneration
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  • Issue date: 30 November 2009