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Dear Mr UN Secretary-General, children say ‘This is what we want’
Children speak out before Rio+20 Earth Summit, through international schools essay competition
885 children from 59 countries wrote open letters to the UN Secretary-General explaining what they think governments and world leaders should be doing to build a more sustainable future on planet Earth.
The children’s messages to world leaders include:
- Adults are not doing enough to protect the environment
- The voices of children are going unheard, putting future generations at risk
- Climate change, deforestation and pollution are real problems and they need to be addressed now
- Solutions exist, we just have to take them seriously
- Environmental education should begin in the early years and continue through the entire school programme
- We need leaders who care about future generations
The prize winning essays were announced at the International Schools Debates at The Living Rainforest on 16-17 May and published on the competition web page.
The Living Rainforest is taking the 1st prize winner, Nardos Tilahun from Aukland, New Zealand, to the United Nations Rio+20 Earth Summit in Brazil.
“Children are speaking out and we hope the world’s leaders are listening,” says Karl Hansen from the Living Rainforest.
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