On the 7th July 2008, the worldâ€™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 weâ€™re writing to the politicians to tell them what kind of planet we want to live on when weâ€™re older. That’s why weâ€™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. Thatâ€™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.
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!