On the 7th July 2008, the world’s most influential politicians will meet in Japan for the G8 summit. As well as political leaders from Germany, France, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Canada, Russia and the USA (the G8 countries), the heads of government from Brasil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa will also be there. In all, that makes 13 countries that on the one hand are most responsible for climate change, yet also have the most power to prevent it getting worse.
Thousands of letters to politicians

The future of the Earth is also our future. Not just for the current generation, but also for all those to come. That’s why we’re writing to the politicians to tell them what kind of planet we want to live on when we’re older. That’s why we’re writing to tell them how they can achieve this. For example, when you write about climate change, you can ask the politicians to create laws that make sure that the amount of carbon dioxide being emitted into the atmosphere is halved by 2050.

What can we achieve with letters?

Naturally, we can’t expect the politicians to wait for your letter and then do exactly as you request. But before politicians make any decisions they first of all weigh up various opinions – from business leaders, from professors or from public opinion polls. But what about the opinions of children and teenagers? Do they ever listen to us?

They should though. KidsCall will make sure that this time our demands will be heard. The politicians at the G8 summit who make decisions that effect the world’s future will receive thousands of letters from children from all over the world, clearly stating their hopes and demands for the future.
Let’s put the pressure on the politicians

It’s not enough for us just to write letters. We also have to make sure that they get read. That’s why the best letters will be exhibited in government buildings and parliaments all over the world. Some will be printed in newspapers, others read out on the radio and shown on TV. The World Future Council, with its many influential contacts, will make this happen. That’s why it is very important that you give your very best when composing your letter. The more original your appeal, the more people will take notice!

Show your feelings!

You can also help to make sure that even more letters will be exhibited and read. You can organize a show in your local town-hall or get the politicians in your district to come and discuss the subject of climate change with you and other children. We can send you letters to exhibit. Interested? Then visit http://www.kidscall.info and submit a request online.

How your letter gets there

On the 7th of July 2008, the letters will be handed directly to the politicians at the G8 summit in Japan by children from every continent and members of the World Future Council. The media will also be there to report on our campaign. This way we can get our message across and demand that sensible, effective decisions are made at this G8 summit.

Save the Earth

Here’s an amazing video showing a speech/plea by a 12 yr old. She is the spokesperson of a group called ECO (Environmental Children’s Organisation) of 12 and 13 year olds. Her words, concerns & the examples she gives are amazing!

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Heena Modi · August 5, 2008 at 1:10 am

Children causing a positive commotion achieved! 🙂

Blogs like this and the issues being discussed in the school I work in inspired me to do some amazing work with the kids I teach.

The head has been talking us being ‘greener’ in every sense. From recycling to what we buy, how we pack it, how it gets to us etc.

I asked the children to tell me about what they had been discussing, we turned these recollections into sentences and then used them to create a letter.

The children created individual formal letters which I then photocopied and sent to various supermarkets.

You could see how empowered the felt! How positive they felt! Citizens in the true sense. Using their initiative and making a difference in their own way!

So the letter!
They said they wanted fruit and veg to be sold when it was in season and they could do without it during other times of the year.
They asked them to charge customers for bags and encourage them to bring their own and recycle them via posters etc.
They suggested that food is packaged with less or no packaging e.g. broccoli doesn’t need to be wrapped in film.
They asked if they can collect batteries in house and then send them off for recycling.
They said that energy saving bulbs needed to be cheaper and they needed to have offers with these bulbs, as they do with the other bulbs, and perhaps sell them in bulk packs too.
They asked if we can recycle used light bulbs in store.

So many things. The letter was amazing! I am so proud of them. More importantly, I think they were proud of themselves 🙂

Heena Modi · August 7, 2008 at 9:07 am

Here’s some more about the video: –

The following information has been written by Viola: –

Severn Suzuki | E.C.O. 1992 | Environmental Children’s Organization

Severn Cullis-Suzuki is one of the world’s most remarkable youth environmental activist, speaker, television host as well as author. With some schoolmates she raised money in 1992, when she was only 12 years of age, to attend the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, where Severn received a standing ovation for a speech to the delegates.

“Hello, I am Severn Suzuki speaking for E.C.O – the Environmental Children’s Organization. We are a group of 12 and 13 year-olds trying to make a difference, Vanessa Suttie, Morgan Geisler, Michelle Quigg and me. We’ve raised all the money to come here ourselves, to come 5,000 miles to tell you adults you must change your ways. Coming up here today, I have no hidden agenda. I am fighting for my future. Losing my future is not like losing an election, or a few points on the stock market.”

“I am here to speak for all generations to come. I am here to speak on behalf of the starving children around the world whose cries go unheard. I am here to speak for the countless animals dying across this planet, because they have nowhere left to go. I am afraid to go out in the sun now, because of the holes in our ozone. I am afraid to breathe the air, because I don’t know what chemicals are in it. I used to go fishing in Vancouver, my home, with my Dad until, just a few years ago, we found a fish full of cancers. And now we hear of animals and plants going extinct every day, vanishing forever. In my life, I have dreamt of seeing the great herds of wild animals, jungles and rainforests full of birds and butterflies, but now I wonder if they will even exist for my children to see.”

“Did you have to worry of these things when you were my age? All this is happening before our eyes and yet we act as if we have all the time we want and all the solutions. I’m only a child and I don’t have all the solutions, but I want you to realize, neither do you. You don’t know how to fix the holes in our ozone layer. You don’t know how to bring the salmon back up a dead stream. You don’t know how to bring back an animal now extinct. And you can’t bring back the forest that once grew where there is now a desert. If you don’t know how to fix it, please stop breaking it.”

“Here you may be delegates of your governments, business people, organizers, reporters or politicians. But, really, you’re mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, aunts and uncles and all of you are someone’s child. I’m only a child, yet I know we are all part of a family, 5 billion strong, in fact 30 million species strong. And borders and governments will never change that. I’m only a child, yet I know we are all in this together and should act as one single world towards one single goal.”

“In my anger, I am not blind and in my fear I am not afraid of telling the world how I feel. In my country we make so much waste, we buy and throw away, buy and throw away, buy and throw away and yet Northern countries will not share with the needy. Even when we have more than enough we are afraid to share, we are afraid to let go of some of our wealth. In Canada , we live the privileged life. We’ve plenty of food, water and shelter. We have watches, bicycles, computers and television sets. The list could go on for 2 days. Two days ago here in Brazil , we were shocked when we spent time with some children living on the streets. This is what one child told us, ‘I wish I was rich and if I were, I would give all the street children food, clothes, medicines, shelter and love and affection’. If a child on the street who has nothing is willing to share, why are we who have everything still so greedy? I can’t stop thinking that these are children my own age, that it makes a tremendous difference where you are born. And that I could be one of those children living in the favelas of Rio . I could be a child starving in Somalia , or a victim of war in the Middle East or a beggar in India . I am only a child, yet I know if all the money spent on war was spent on finding environmental answers ending poverty and in finding treaties, what a wonderful place this earth would be.”

“At school, even in kindergarten, you teach us how to behave in the world. You teach us to not to fight with others, to work things out, to respect others and to clean up our mess, not to hurt other creatures, to share, not be greedy. Then, why do you go out and do the things you tell us not to do? Do not forget why you are attending these conferences, who you are doing this for. We are your own children. You are deciding what kind of a world we are growing up in. Parents should be able to comfort their children by saying ‘Everything is going to be all right, it’s not the end of the world, and we are doing the best we can’. But I don’t think you can say that to us anymore. Are we even on your list of priorities? My dad always says, ‘You are what you do, not what you say’. Well, what you do makes me cry at night. You grown-ups say you love us. But I challenge you, please, make your actions reflect your words. Thank you.”

Amazing right? Can you use this video and script to enthuse your kids, their friends, other people’s kids & adults too?

Let’s all try and do a little. Together it will amount to a lot. 🙂

Ansgar Kiene · September 30, 2008 at 6:47 pm

Dear Miss. Modi,

We would like to inform you on the recent events and express our gratefulness for your commitment to change the world for the better!

Keep up the spirit and check out http://www.kidscall.info as we will inform you here on future youth activities by the World Future Council.

Take care and all the best,
Ansgar Kiene and the Kidscall Team

Malte Winterstein
Intern
World Future Council
Phone: +49-40-3070914-28
P.O. Box 11 01 53 fax: +49-40-3070914-14
D-20401 Hamburg
mobile: +49-172-437 99 38
SKYPE: malte.wfc mail: [email protected]
http://www.worldfuturecouncil.org http://www.kidscall.info

Heena Modi · September 30, 2008 at 7:02 pm

Thanks for this Ansgar 🙂
Let me know if I can do more! 🙂

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