Climate hope, climate change and children’s voices
– An outlook and views on what children and young are going to inherit, addressing challenges and promoting healthy living in response to climate change.
The climate is changing and our vulnerability to disasters mainly arise from five factors; human-induced changes to the landscape, geography, geology, natural climate extremes and global warming.
The question is, what will today’s children inherit and do when they grow up? Will they cause more climate change or will they save our planet earth? At what age should we begin engaging the next generation and how can we as adults promote positive action and be more responsible ensuring that our children and grandchildren inherit a sustainable world? Article 12, UN Declaration, on the Convention of The Rights of the Child states: Every child has the right to express their views and have them taken seriously! However, the most vulnerable and largest population group are often not given the opportunity to express their views or included as conscious participants in discussions about serious issues that affect them.
In this exhibition, children and young from around the world raise various questions on relevant essential universal principles to the entire society of adults. For most adults the directness and wonder of childhood experiences are only faint memories. But, through these artistic expressions and visions, we get a rare opportunity to explore the world from a child perspective, and maybe even re-discover the child within ourselves. In many ways and clear light we are strongly reminded of our moral obligation towards our children who belong to the future.
We as adults should be able to give sensible and positive answers and all take notice by letting children and young as global citizens play an important part in various arenas – from homes to government, from local to international levels. Children experience the world in a different and more direct way, often with no human immunity against life, disappointments and upsetting events. With their creative resilient imagination they do ask us questions and often transform their meanings and expressions into powerful seeds of hope and joy of life.
Without doubt children deserve to be recognized and considered as active inspiring agents of a global change towards a sustainable future, independent of time and place.
The International Museum of Childrens Art means to participate in reaching Oslo Municipality’s climate objective:
- Oslo will follow up on the goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions Norway has committed itself to by the Kyoto Protocol
- Oslo will reduce its green house gas emissions by 50% relative to the 1990 level by 2030, and will be climate neutral by 2050
The Museum will contribute by committing to informational work, selling environmentally friendly products, waste sorting, limit our power consumption and we encourage our visitors to use public transportation.
Header image: “Sunrise”, Girl (11), Romania