Politicians reminded ‘the eyes of the world’ are watching

Students from four Liverpool schools staged stunts outside city landmarks to tell world leaders “the eyes of the world” are watching.

The youngsters gathered with handmade images of eyes and a large banner to send a loud and visual message to the Government, ahead of the UN climate conference ‘COP26’ in November.  

Joined by Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor, Steve  Rotheram, pupils from St Vincent de Paul Catholic primary school and students from Broughton Hall High School met outside of the Liver Building for the first stunt at 10AM.

"The children I met today are our future,” said Metro Mayor  Rotheram. “We owe it to them to save our planet.”

At 2pm the banner headed to the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral where it was met by pupils from St Nicolas Catholic primary school, students from Carmel College and the Archbishop of Liverpool, Malcolm McMahon.

“The climate emergencies that we have witnessed over recent months have demonstrated very starkly just how crucial it is that we face up to the climate crisis,” said the archbishop.

Archbishop McMahon said he was proud to see young people taking a stand in the fight against climate change.

He told them: “Continue to be courageous!

“Being courageous isn’t always easy. But your courage – your message – will change lives, and will inspire more people than you will ever know, because your message isn’t just your own, but is one which is inspired by God.”

The ‘Eyes of the World’ banner first made an appearance on the opening day of the G7 summit in Cornwall in June.  

Accompanied by a massive art installation, created by pupils from St Mary’s primary school in Falmouth, more than 14,000 young people have now joined CAFOD’s campaign, urging world leaders to take action on issues like the climate crisis.  

Over the next two months, the banner will travel to the remaining landmarks across the UK – including Blackpool Tower, York Gateshead and Edinburgh – reaching its final destination in Glasgow at ‘COP26’ in November. 

Catholic aid charity CAFOD, who has coordinated the journey of the banner, hopes that over the coming months, thousands more young people will get involved in the 'Eyes of the World' campaign.  

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