By KLTV Newsdesk –
Kirklees Council has announced the start of a brand new online festival that aims to give young people across the borough a voice in their Climate Emergency Response.
The Young People’s Climate Festival, taking place over two days starting 23 March, will be an online event that aims will reach out to children and young people across Kirklees giving them a chance to get involved with the various environmental initiatives taking place.
Children and young people will be able to enter a series of virtual rooms where they can engage in discussions, activities and talks with contributors from a range of environmental organisations.
The Council says the event has been designed to provoke conversations, thoughts and feelings and the hopes and demands of young people as Kirklees continues to develop long term plans to address climate change and create a sustainable future.
Speaking on the announcement Councillor Paul Davies, Cabinet Member for Culture and Greener Kirklees said: “It will greatly enhance our ability to meet our climate change commitments if the young people of Kirklees are involved and engaged in our plans, as they are our voices of the future.
“It’s great to see schools wanting to take part in the festival, showing our shared commitment to making positive changes which will benefit everyone’s future.”
Beyond the festival, the council says that the online resources will also be accessible to a wider audience, while still being mainly focused on young people.
Councillor Carole Pattison, Cabinet Member for Learning, Aspiration and Communities said: “We’re excited to be hosting our first Climate Festival and see it as a great starting point to open discussions with our children and young people.
“The variety of content and topics will engage those taking part, prompting conversation which leads to action.
“The web resource will also be accessible beyond schools to enable further discussions with wider groups of young people and build momentum.”