Climate chaos, melting glaciers and more and more animal species dying out – now is the time for action to help protect the environment. Now is the time for KidsCall, the worldwide campaign by children and teenagers to demand decision-makers live up to their responsibilities.
You may ask yourself; what can I do? Whoâ€™s going to listen to me? But whoâ€™s going to listen if you donâ€™t say anything? Get involved: Tell the politicians what you think! Get involved and make a difference!
Only when a lot of people take action can they really change things. Thatâ€™s the idea behind KidsCall – thousands of children from all over the world are joining in. Are you with us?
It’s as easy as A..B..C!
* Learn about it! What is climate change? What will happen if the Earth keeps getting warmer and warmer? Why are more and more animal and plant species dying out? Have you noticed any changes to your environment? Look around, check on the Internet.
* Now think about it: which aspect is important to you? Write about it.
* What do you think needs to be done? Think carefully about your message.
* Take a sheet of paper, a pen, paint box and your coloured pencils.
* Now start with your introduction. You can start with “Hello” or “Dear politician” or even “Dear Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, dear World Leaders”. The leader of the Japanese government is the host of the G8 summit in 2008, which is the next meeting of the most powerful politicians of the world.
* Now write your letter. And don’t worry about rules or regulations: Anything goes. You can suggest anything you think will help the environment or you could simply describe what you think life on Earth will be like in 30 years time – when you are an adult. Or you could write about how you have learned to be brave and how you hope that the politicians will also be brave when making decisions. Or you could explain that polar bears are your favourite animals and say exactly what needs to be done in order to save them from extinction. Or you could explain what you yourself do to help protect the environment and what you think the politicians should do. Or you can write a poem. Or you can send us a video… thereâ€™s no limit to your creativity!
* Whatâ€™s important is that you put a lot of ideas into your letter and make it as creative as possible, with colours, drawings and pictures – whatever you like. The more attractive a letter is, the more appealing it becomes. That way everybody can see that your message is very serious otherwise you wouldn’t have taken so much trouble. The best letters will be exhibited and presented to the press. The best stories may be read out on the radio.
* Put everything into an envelope and send it to the following address:
To the Political Leaders
P.O. Box 11 17 11
* The letters will be collected by the World Future Council, exhibited in parliaments, presented to the media and brought to the next G8 summit in Japan, where they will be handed over directly to the politicians.
Alternatively you can send an on line message to a politician by visiting http://www.kidscall.info/en/message.html
Take action now
You want to be part of it? You can do that by letter or directly via this site! Send your message and a file of your choice (for example your letter, your image, your mp3 or your movie) to the world’s most important politicians.
To write to KidsCall email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
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!