COP27 started on Sunday November 6 and will continue until November 18 in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt. In a stark opening address, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres told delegates, "Humanity has a choice: co-operate or perish."
Talks will focus on reducing emissions, helping countries to prepare for and face climate change, and securing technical support and funding for developing countries. Specifically, Loss and damage financing to help developing countries recover from the effects of climate change will be an important focus.
A number of youth and parent delegates will be attending the conference as well. November 10 is Youth and Future Generations Day, when the focus will be on the impacts of climate change on children and future generations. The reality is though, that globally and especially in the Global South, children are already facing significant impacts from climate change.
For climate parents, this is our focus every day -- but for many others the connection still hasn't been made. Take action during this COP by helping to bring attention to the impacts of climate change on children, in Canada and globally.
- If you use social media, see the action below organized by Our Kids Climate Global and Parents for Future. Post your photo on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or TikTok with the hashtag #KidsFirst #COP27
- Talk to your friends and family about COP27 and the opportunities it brings for real action.... and keep the pressure building for real action.
- Watch and share this powerful video just released by Our Kids Climate and Parents for Future!
This recent article in Today's Parent magazine by For Our Kids Communications intern Rebecca is a simple look at what parents can do, and an easy share.
Join the #KidsFirst campaign:
Grab a piece of paper or a post-it and write “Kids First” on it.
Take a photo or a selfie with your little ones (if they're social media shy, take a photo of a stuffed toy or a pet). Post it to social media with the hashtags #KidsFirst and #COP27 and tag the COP27 President at @cop27_egypt (Instagram) or @cop27p (Twitter).
You can use this text or make up your own: “Did you get the memo, world leaders at COP27? You need to put #KidsFirst in all decisions. It’s not negotiable.”
Tag us too, @forourkidscanada (Instagram) and @forourkidsCAN (Twitter).