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Inverness pupils 'fight for their future' as they create climate justice artwork that is set to go to Westminster

By Annabelle Gauntlett

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How to change climate change by Sophie, Lois and Sienna.
How to change climate change by Sophie, Lois and Sienna.

Primary six and seven pupils from Muirtown Primary School took part in this year's Get Creative For Climate Justice project.

Following extensive research, creative thought and local council visits, two of the art pieces the children created have now been selected to be displayed at an exhibition in Westminster on December 6.

The first project, called How to Change Climate Change, that is set to be presented at Westminster is by Sophie, Lois and Sienna who created a scale with £300 on one side and 1p on the other side.

The aim of this was to 'show how some countries are richer than the others and the more wealthier countries are treating poorer countries badly which needs to stop'.

The second project put forward, called It's Unfair, is by Lucie,Vicky and Violet who created a poster about racism and how 'white people get more money, power and freedom'.

Its Unfair by Lucie,Vicky and Violet.
Its Unfair by Lucie,Vicky and Violet.

The children said: "This is unfair, that's why we chose this for our poster to show everyone so they can try to help out in any possible way.

"The poster shows the words 'it's unfair' that's to show how unfair black people can be treated by others."

Teacher Keira Reid mentored the kids throughout this project.

She said: "It's a project that has been run across the country, but I am part of a pilot run of the global neighbours project with Christian Aid, and we are one of the partners doing Get Creative For Climate Justice.

"The kids and I just talked through different aspects of climate justice and looked at the global north and south to see the divide between money, fuel and the affects of global warming.

"We weren't looking at global warming itself, but the injustice of it and then the children researched it themselves to come up with their own ideas."

She continued: "We even had a couple of local councillors come in to speak to them about their ideas and thoughts behind it.

"The kids have just been so enthusiastic about the project, it's been great."

When talking about the importance of this project on the run up to COP28, Keira said: "These kids are the next generation and they are the ones that have the knowledge which I suppose our generation didn't have, and they are now the ones fighting for change."

Keira said she is 'beyond proud' of the children's work and effort put into the project.

She said: "They have just been amazing. They want a more just world and they don't understand why a lot of the unjust things happen, so to them racism is just a big 'why?' as they can't comprehend why it's even a thing.

"To them it just doesn't make any sense, so I suppose there's an innocence about it which I hope they get to keep."

The school is 'delighted' to have the work presented in Westminster and are now keen to get involved in the next big project in the aim of seeing their artwork in Holyrood.

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