Children and young people are to help lead Kirklees Council’s response to the ‘climate emergency.’

The Young People’s Climate Festival, to be hosted online on March 23 and 24, will ensure the younger generation have their voices heard.

During the sessions children and young people will be taken into a series of virtual rooms where they will engage in discussions, activities and talks with contributors from a range of environmental organisations.

The event has been designed to provoke conversations, thoughts, feelings and hopes of young people as the council draws up long-term plans to address climate change.

Clr Paul Davies, Cabinet Member for Culture and Greener Kirklees, said: “It is crucial that we engage with our young people.

“It will greatly enhance our ability to meet our climate change commitments if the young people of Kirklees are involved and engaged in our plans, as they are our voices of the future.”

Primary schools across Kirklees were keen to get involved and up to 1,000 children will take part.

Clr Davies added: “It’s great to see schools wanting to take part in the festival, showing our shared commitment to making positive changes which will benefit everyone’s future.”

Clr Carole Pattison, Cabinet Member for Learning, Aspiration and Communities, said: “We’re excited to be hosting our first Climate Festival and see it as a great starting point to open discussions with our children and young people.

“The variety of content and topics will engage those taking part, prompting conversation which leads to action.

“The web resource will also be accessible beyond schools to enable further discussions with wider groups of young people and build momentum.”