Children from schools across Greater Manchester will travel to the Theatre of Dreams this week to issue a call for action on climate change.

Sixty pupils will take part in a series of workshops ranging from acting as sports correspondents explaining the impact of climate change on football to brainstorming ideas to make their local communities more sustainable. The activities will take place at Old Trafford on Thursday 8 February at 10am as part of an event organised by the Manchester United Foundation and campaign group The Climate Coalition.

The Y7 and Y8 children from schools in the Manchester area will call for action to protect the things they love which are threatened by the changing climate.

The event is part of The Climate Coalition’s ‘Show The Love’ campaign which raises awareness of the risk climate change poses to things we take for granted – from rained-off sports to natural beauty spots being damaged by increased flooding.

Luke Morgan, Hub Development Co-ordinator for the Manchester United Foundation, said:

‘It’s so important for young people to understand the impact that climate change is going to have on things they love – football included – and to realise the role that they can play in their own schools and communities to live more sustainably.’

Jess Coffin from The Climate Coalition said:

‘Climate change is already affecting all of us here in the UK and we want the young people to realise that they have the power to take action. By getting them to engage in the campaign, we’re hoping they’ll be inspired to Show The Love for all they want to protect from climate change.’

The children at the event will take part in workshops – organised by Coalition members WWF, social enterprise Solutions for the Planet, and environmental education organisation the Centre for Alternative Technology – to highlight the role young people can play in tackling climate change.

The pupils will also brainstorm ways they can solve environmental problems in their own schools and local areas before taking to the Old Trafford pitch to produce a report on their findings.

The Climate Coalition is made up of more than 100 organisations representing over 15 million people, ranging from groups such as WWF and the Women’s Institute, trade unions such as Unison, and aid agencies such as CAFOD, Christian Aid and Oxfam.

More information is available at theclimatecoalition.org

Image taken from last year’s event