Explore the wonderful artworks created by children and young people around the UK
The climate crisis is a key issue that is shaping the future of children and young people everywhere. Its more important than ever that children are learning, reflecting, and acting together to create a sustainable future for everyone.
Get Creative For Climate Justice asks young people to use their amazing creativity and send a loud and clear climate justice message to MPs and Government Ministers.
In August 2021 UN Secretary-General António Guterres declared 'Code Red for humanity'. Now it's time to speak up for climate justice.
In our action guide you'll find all you need to help young people think critically about climate justice, creatively represent their hopes and dreams for the future and organise an exhibition of their work in school.
Then you'll share your school exhibitions with us. We're hosting a national art exhibition in the Houses of Parliament during the COP28 Climate Change conference in December. We want MPs and Ministers to see your school's art, be inspired and take action.
Get Creative For Climate Justice is a partnership organised by CAFOD, Christian Aid, Oxfam and Send My Friend to School with support from the Climate Coalition.
It's open to all primary and secondary schools, FE colleges and alternative provision providers in the UK.
Step 1 - Register for the project
The first step towards taking part in Get Creative For Climate Justice is to register your school's interest. This means you'll receive updates about the project throughout the year and artwork from your school will be eligible to be exhibited at the Climate Justice art exhibition in the Houses of Parliament, at COP28 in Dubai and at offline and online exhibitions organised by the partner organisations.
To register please email:
England: Josh Grear, Children and Young People's Project Officer.
Scotland: Emma Gardner, Education and Youth Officer.
Wales: Rebecca Elliott, Wales Education and Youth Officer.
Step 2 - Learn about climate justice
Learning about the climate crisis often involves learning about nature, the environment and sustainability. Learning about climate justice goes further and involves viewing the climate crisis through the different though complementary lens of human rights and justice.
We have provided a resource pack with an introductory presentation and learning activities. We also have more comprehensive lesson plans available.
Step 3 - Get creative for climate justice
Now it's time to get creative for climate justice!
Knowing how and where to start being creative can be a challenge, the resource pack has a creative activity to help get you going.
The resource pack also has details and guidelines for the artwork to be considered for the parliamentary exhibition.
Step 4 - Hold a Creative for Climate Justice exhibition in your school/community
Your exhibition could be a simple display board in a classroom or corridor, or it could be a more ambitious display in the school foyer, atrium or other similar space.
However you decide to organise your school exhibition, we'd like you to invite your elected representative to view the young people's art work. You may do this by inviting your elected representative to school or by emailing them photos of your exhibition to with a covering letter. Get in touch if you need advice doing this!
Step 5 - Share artworks with us
We aim to feature as many pieces of young people's climate justice artwork in the exhibition in the Houses of Parliament as possible. In addition, we hope to display artwork at the COP28 climate conference in Dubai and in offline and online exhibitions organised by the partner organisations. Our aim is for as much of the young people's artwork as possible to be seen and to have influence.
Simply take photographs of the climate justice artwork you'd like to submit for exhibition and send the images to your project contact. You may send us as many or as few images as you wish. However, aim to select images which convey the strongest climate justice messages.
Unfortunately we cannot promise to feature every artwork you send in an exhibition. However we'll do our very best.
The deadline for sending us your images is Friday 10 November 2023.