Salford has issued a rallying cry for world leaders to provide an agreed plan to reduce carbon emissions and tackle the climate emergency during the COP26 Conference.
Dozens of schoolchildren and some of the city’s local leaders came together at Salford City Council’s Civic Centre today to call on world leaders to provide plans and funding to support Salford and other councils to reach carbon neutrality by 2038 and tackle the threat of climate change.
Schoolchildren from All Hallows Catholic High School, Christ The King Catholic Primary School, St Ambrose Barlow Catholic High School and St Peter’s Church of England Primary School attended, waving placards and posters whilst a handful made passionate speeches urging the world's politicians from across the globe to recognise the climate emergency.
The event was organised by Salford City Council and Salford City UNISON with calls for action in speeches from Barbara Keeley, MP for Worsley and Eccles South, Councillor Mike McCusker, the council’s lead member for planning and sustainable development, Councillor Lewis Nelson, ward member for Cadishead and Lower Irlam and from Rose Palmer, Salford Youth Mayor.
Councillor Mike McCusker said: “Climate change is the existential threat of our times and as the world’s leaders gather in Glasgow, we must use any opportunity we have to call for action.
“It was a pleasure to see so many of our city’s young people come out today and make their voices heard. The climate emergency affects all generations and I hope that our children continue to be inspired but also hopeful that our actions can make a difference.”
Steven North, Branch Secretary for Salford City Unison, said: “COP26 provides an opportunity for world leaders to offer meaningful commitments on tackling the Climate Emergency, but they will not act without pressure.
“It is right that Salford is joining the voices around the world telling those responsible that they will not be allowed to hide from this existential threat, and it is right that young people are at the centre of our message. The world cannot carry on as it is and we need action.”
Barbara Keeley, Member of Parliament for Worsley & Eccles South said: "When our young people are raising their voices, we must listen and we must act. We are relying on the global leaders at COP26 to take the big actions to tackle the Climate Emergency.
"Young people cannot carry this burden of responsibility alone. We must unite in taking action in our daily lives to ensure that we all play our part in protecting the planet for people all over the world."
Rose Palmer, Salford Youth Mayor said: "Young people are leading the fight against climate change and it is so important that we have our voices heard. We are the future and we deserve our concerns and worries about the safety of our world to be dealt with accordingly.
“I hope today shows that young people in Salford, as well as young people across the whole world, are determined for change and we won't stop until we achieve it."