Voices for a Green Future: Stortford MP urges children to enter competition to win chance to address COP26
Bishop's Stortford MP Julie Marson is urging her youngest constituents to enter a competition to win the chance to make a speech to world leaders at COP26.
The UK is to host the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow in November. It will be an opportunity for international leaders to ramp up their commitment to protecting the planet, with over 30,000 delegates – including politicians, diplomats, campaigners and experts – attending to make global progress on climate change.
In the National Grid's 'Voices for a Green Future' competition, four schoolchildren will win the opportunity to share their hopes for a greener world in a speech that will be premiered digitally at COP26. The four winners will also win STEM-related science toys as well as a £5,000 STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) grant for their school.
To enter, primary pupils and secondary students aged 7 to 15 need to submit 200 words sharing their ideas on what they would do to protect the planet if they were in charge of the country. A short list of 10 entries will be reviewed by a judging panel including BBC TV's Countryfile presenter Helen Skelton.
Conservative Mrs Marson said: "Pupils across Hertford and Stortford are concerned about the future of our planet, but they're also full of brilliant ideas about how to ensure we're helping the UK reach its climate change targets. I'm really keen that they have an opportunity to share their ideas, big or small. They could inspire the solutions that help to tackle climate change.
"This [competition] is a great opportunity for young people in Hertford and Stortford to take their ideas to the world's leaders at COP26. Not only will the winners be given the platform to digitally share their vision for a greener future, but they will win grants for their school, helping get additional resources and learning opportunities for their fellow classmates."
To enter the competition, visit nationalgrid.com/cop26/voices-for-a-green-future.