From October 2020 – March 2021, just over 100 Members of Children’s Parliament participated in Scotland’s Climate Assembly. This was the first climate citizens’ assembly to have involved children under the age of 16. The children’s 41 Calls to Action on how Scotland should tackle the climate emergency were laid in the Scottish Parliament as part of Scotland’s Climate Assembly full report and recommendations.
Building on the learnings and internationally recognised impact of the children’s participation in Scotland’s Climate Assembly, Children’s Parliament developed Climate Changemakers – a new programme to support children across Scotland to participate in and influence climate decision-making processes at local and national levels.
At the beginning of the programme in August 2021, the Climate Assembly Investigators were joined by 4 new children to form the Climate Changemakers team. The Climate Changemakers have continued to meet remotely for creative, participatory workshops exploring climate action and children’s participation in climate deliberative democracy.
The Climate Changemakers have promoted children’s human rights, participation, and engagement with adult decision-makers to tackle the climate emergency through a series of national and international events since June 2021.
Building on their learning journey as part of Scotland’s Climate Assembly, the children have developed a digital toolkit for other children across Scotland; so that they too can learn about the climate emergency, what Scotland can do to tackle the climate emergency, and influence decision-makers to take climate action. The children’s toolkit also supported children to host their climate surgery with their local elected representative during The Moment – a nationwide event led by Scotland’s children and young people on Friday 29th October 2021. The Moment enabled children and young people to discuss their climate calls to action with elected representatives ahead of COP26 in Glasgow. The Climate Changemakers met with international decision-makers during COP26 to discuss their experiences as the first children involved in a climate citizens’ assembly, and to highlight children’s Calls to Action from across Scotland discussed during The Moment.
The Climate Changemakers’ toolkit can be accessed here:
The Climate Changemakers project is supported by: