Schoolchildren in the Balearic Islands pledge to fight climate change

Jan 24, 2023 | Current affairs, Featured, Thursday Daily Bulletin, Tradition

65 schoolchildren from the Balearic Islands reflect on the importance of the value of responsibility in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

With the aim of promoting the value of responsibility with the 2030 Agenda and reflecting on the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), SOS Children’s Villages held this morning in the Parliament of the Balearic Islands a children’s plenary session in which 65 primary schoolchildren from Badies (Badia Gran) and Santo Tomás de Aquino – Liceo Santa Teresa de Jesús (Inca), have become deputies for a day and have brought their proposals to the chamber.

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Schoolchildren in the Balearic Islands

The President of the Parliament, Vicenç Thomas i Mulet; the Councillor for Education and Vocational Training, Martí Xavier March i Cerdá; the Director General for Children, Youth and Family, Marta Carrió Palou; and the President of SOS Children’s Villages of Spain, Pedro Puig Pérez, attended this plenary session today in which the children’s deputies exercised their right to participate in society and debated the importance of being responsible with three Sustainable Development Goals: Education (SDG 4), Gender Equality (SDG 5) and Climate Action (SDG 13).

Javier Ferri Hidalgo, 5th Grade Primary, from Badies School, from the speakers’ platform, told how his school is organised in the form of a cooperative, with working teams. Next, Irene Amado Caballero from Segovia, from the same school and also in 5th Grade Primary, summarised the opinion of her class with regard to the three SDGs they are reflecting on this year.

From the Santo Tomás de Aquino – Liceo Santa Teresa de Jesús school, their spokesperson, Noa Seguí, from 6th Grade Primary, based her presentation on the value of responsibility. And finally, also from the same school and year, Lluc Gómez Villodrés, focused his presentation on the importance of educating at home and at school.

After the speeches, the four spokespersons presented 12 commitments and the voting session began. All the children’s deputies went to the ballot box to decide their favourite proposal and to commit themselves to fulfil the chosen one. The most voted was: “To fight against climate change, by recycling waste in the appropriate containers and going to the nearest green point, reusing and repairing whenever possible, in order to reduce our consumption of electricity and plastics”. Secondly, the students have pledged to “achieve free education so that all children in the world will have a good future tomorrow”. And finally, they have chosen the commitment to “work so that each person can be free and make their own decisions”.