New climate writing competition launched in wake of COP26 conference

The University of Manchester has launched a national climate writing competition for young people in the aftermath of the recent COP26 conference in Glasgow.

Organised by the University’s Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute in collaboration with Save the Children UK and UK-Med, a frontline medical aid charity, Words for your World invites students aged 13-18 to write a letter to the UN expressing their hopes and fears about the climate emergency.

As part of the competition, teachers and students will have access to specialist workshops and resources to help them to write their letters. An expert judging panel will be led by Lecturer in Responses to Climate Crises Dr Stephanie Sodero, and further judges will be announced in the New Year.

The competition will close on Earth Day 2022 (April 22), and the winner and runners-up will be invited to a special reception in summer. The best entries will also be published on the University’s website.

Young people, through initiatives such as Fridays for the Future, play a critical role in pushing for aggressive, science-based climate action and speaking truth to power. It’s a privilege to judge this competition which, in the wake of COP26, allows young people to shape imperative conversations about the climate emergency - I can’t wait to hear what the young people of the UK have to say.
Dr Stephanie Sodero, Lecturer in Responses to Climate Crises at the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute

“UK-Med is proud to be part of the ‘Words for Your World’ competition - the most powerful and important voices in this debate are the younger generation of climate activists, and our role is to amplify those voices,” said David Wightwick, CEO of UK-Med. “Together we can keep up the momentum following events like COP26 to push for real change. There is so much more to be done to prepare for the growing impacts of the climate emergency on communities around the world.”

“Children of today will face seven times more heatwaves and at least double the number of droughts than their grandparents experienced,” said Gareth Owen OBE, Humanitarian Director at Save the Children UK. “They have inherited a problem not of their own making, and it is important that we amplify their voices - the climate crisis is a child rights crisis.”

For more information about the competition, please visit
www.alc.manchester.ac.uk/connect/schools/outreach/as-competition/. For more information about the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, please visit www.hcri.manchester.ac.uk

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