Kathmandu, October 16
Over 300 children painted a 30-foot Climate Canvas in Lalitpur on Saturday, calling on adults to listen to them and act for a more secure and sustainable future.
Save the Children Nepal, which organised the children for the event, says the canvas represents the hopes and vision of over 7,000 children consulted through a nationwide child hearing.
The event was organised to amplify children’s voices on climate change and what they think the adults including parents, leaders and those in decision-making positions can do so that the future of the children is protected.
“Now it’s up to adults – particularly those with the power to make decisions or control resources – to listen to what children are saying, get inspired and act,” says Swaviman, a 13-year-old child participating at the event.
“Climate change is real and children and families who already face a daily struggle to survive are those most at risk from more frequent and more powerful floods, drought, forest fires and other climate hazards. Hence, it is high time we act,” says Heather Campbell, Save the Children country director for Nepal.
The Climate Canvas will be sent to Indonesia where the canvas banners from around the world will be sewn into a long banner of children’s voices and be kept facing the Presidential Palace during the G20 meeting being held on October 30.