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University project helping primary pupils put climate crisis on the agenda

Primary school children from across Wales united to find out more about climate change and what is being done to combat it.

At the Youth Summit held in Swansea the youngsters met with researchers and representatives from organisations who are addressing climate change as well as taking part in special workshops which demonstrated how.

These included activities around air monitoring, how to be wise with water, use of plastic, sustainable transport and marine biology.

The pupils were also given the chance to help Swansea University-led Project Seagrass by filling sandbags which will be used to grow seeds to help restore vital coastal seagrass meadows.

The summit was organised by the University’s Morgan Academy and the Lleisiau Bach Little Voices project, part of the Observatory on Children’s Human Rights which is based at Swansea and Bangor universities and dedicated to ensuring that children’s human rights are respected, protected and fulfilled.

Professor Jane Williams, who manages the project and is acting Director of the Academy, said the summit built on the success of a previous event held at Bangor earlier this year.

She said: “At Lleisiau Bach we have listened to children’s views and know just how concerned they are about important issues such as climate change.

“The pupils themselves raised ideas for a manifesto for change which will now feed into conversations being held by decision makers at local and national level. We want to ensure their right to not only be heard but also listened to is put to action.”

Lleisiau Bach Little Voices is a National Lottery Community-funded project which supports the under-12s to understand human rights of children and young people, to choose issues they want to research and help them carry out the research, reach conclusions and promote the changes they want to see.