Boris launches Childrens Parliament with emotional tribute on Sir David Amess legacy

COP26: PM issues message ahead of Children's Parliament

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The Prime Minister shared his video message hours before hundreds of children will have their say on climate change in the world’s first virtual Children’s Parliament, which the Express is proud to be staging at 5pm. In the clip, Mr Johnson describes COP26 – which kicks off in Glasgow on Sunday – as the most important summit in his lifetime.

The Prime Minister says his mission for the UN conference is to persuade world leaders to slash CO2 emissions, move away from fossil fuels and support developing countries to take action on climate change.

Mr Johnson adds that the issues which will be discussed at COP26 matter to everyone around the world, but particularly the younger generations.

In his special message for the Children’s Parliament, the Prime Minister says: “Hi folks it’s Boris Johnson here, welcoming you to this incredible online Children’s Parliament.

“There are now just moments to go until COP26 when presidents and prime ministers from around the world will gather in Glasgow for the most important summit, certainly in my lifetime, and probably in other people’s too.

“Our mission is to get world leaders to agree to drastically reduce CO2 gases from being pumped into the atmosphere, swaddling the earth like a giant tea cosy.

“And to take action now to kick out coal, stop the use of fossil fuels in cars and give cash to help developing countries to go green.

“At the same time to halt and reverse deforestation by planting trees, trees, trees, millions, trillions of trees across the world.”

Mr Johnson says he will be speaking on behalf of youngsters taking part in the Children’s Parliament when he attends COP26 next week.

The summit is seen as crucial to deliver on limiting global warming to below 2C or 1.5C.

In his Children’s Parliament message, the Prime Minister says: “What we will be discussing matters for everyone on this planet.

“But for our children and our grandchildren it matters even more.

“And this is a chance for children across the UK to tell us what they think.

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“At the end of the session their findings will be delivered to me so that when I go to Glasgow next week, I will know I’m speaking on their behalf.”

The Prime Minister also pays tribute to Sir David Amess, who was the driving force behind the Children’s Parliament. The Southend West MP was stabbed to death at a constituency surgery earlier this month.

Mr Johnson says: “I want to pay particular tribute to Sir David Amess, whose passion and determination helped make this project happen.

“And to all those taking part, I say your voice matters because it is you and your generation to come that will one day inherit the Earth.”

Up to 650 representatives aged seven to 11 from each constituency will take part in the Children’s Parliament at 5pm today.

The children will discuss climate change ahead of world leaders gathering for COP26 in just a few days’ time, as well as other key issues including the Covid pandemic and technology.

The virtual session will be held in a House of Commons-style chamber.

Half of the children will represent the Government and the other half the Opposition in the 90-minute debate.

The event, named This House Matters, which is also backed by online education specialist Wakelet, aims to teach children about the value of democracy.

Conservative MP David Davis has stepped in to host the Children’s Parliament following the tragic death of Tory veteran Sir David.

Sir David previously said of the initiative: “There’s no doubt our young people have opinions on the issues that matter to them.

“It’s important their views are noticed and given a platform for debate, not least so the youngsters themselves have the opportunity to listen to and learn from their peers.”

The Children’s Parliament will be shown live at Express.co.uk on Friday at 5pm.

To register a child to participate in the event click here.

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