Youngsters asked for their visions of a future planet

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An art competition for young people across the UK has launched, with the winners having their artwork displayed at the COP26 Climate Change conference this year in Glasgow.

The Creative Earth competition is part of a UK government initiative, Together for our Planet, and was launched in collaboration with the WWF to encourage young people to use the power of art to capture their hopes and dreams for the planet in the future.

Cel Spellman, star of Netflix’s White Lines and BBC Radio 1, who is a WWF ambassador, said: ‘The Creative Earth art competition is such a unique and exciting opportunity for children from across the UK to have their voice heard and show world leaders exactly the kind of world they want to live in, inherit and pass on to future generations.

‘I’m asking as many under-16s as possible to please get involved and be part of something special as we aim to create a better, greener, sustainable future and call on world leaders to commit to making that a reality and bring about the change we so desperately need to see, reminding them it’s young people who will live with the consequences of our actions now.’

Creative Earth artwork entries will be judged by a celebrity panel and COP26 president Alok Sharma this spring.

Special prizes will be awarded for the best artwork in each age group. Judges will also select the best pieces to be displayed at the COP26 summit in November this year.

Alok Sharma, COP26 president said: ‘Across the world, young people are leading the call for climate action and we want to make sure this is properly recognised at COP26 in Glasgow.

‘That is why I hope young people from across the country will seize this opportunity to showcase their vision for a greener future.’

The Together For Our Planet campaign aims to work with businesses, civil society groups, schools and the public across the UK to help build awareness around the importance of tackling climate change in the run up to the COP26.

Find out more about the competition and enter now on the Together for our Planet website.