Hi! My name is Emma Reynolds and I’m a children’s illustrator and author based in Manchester UK.
#kidlit4climate is a campaign to stand in solidarity with the young people striking from school for urgent climate action.
We spend all day drawing, writing, blogging, designing and publishing books for kids. These young people are doing something amazing, but are often still not taken seriously. We need to stand with them as grown ups and help to amplify their message, a message that affects all of us on this planet.
We make our books and pictures for young people, so let's show them our support!
How did this start?
The United Nations says we have 11 years to limit the most devastating affects of climate change. We are already seeing these affects – rising water levels, oceans choked with plastic, wild fires, out of control weather and rising temperatures worldwide.
You've probably heard of Greta Thunberg, a sixteen year old activist who has been striking from school every Friday. She has inspired young people all over the world to organise their own strikes and call for climate action, and on March 15th there will be the biggest strike yet. The aim of the #kidlit4climate campaign is to amplify their message. We are the grown ups now, and hopefully we can get other grown ups to listen.
There is hope for the future in these kid's protests, and we need to stand with them.
How can you take part?
Draw an Illustration for a
Draw a character holding up a sign with the hashtag #kidlit4climate included! 1080x1080 square, white background.
Post to your twitter and instagram tagging @KidLit4Climate #KidLit4Climate in the description.
There are currently almost 2,000 illustrations from over 50 countries in the world! You can see them all by following the #KidLit4Climate hashtag on Instagram.
NOTE! - This campaign has exploded in the last 2 weeks more than I ever thought possible - I am SO impressed, blown away and happy that so many people have taken part and been inspired by this cause. People have sent me amazing artwork from all over the world - Indonesia, Colombia, America, Denmark, UK, Russia, France, Italy, Australia, Mexico, Taiwan & Antarctica!… It warms my heart.
THANK YOU so much everyone - You are incredible.
Share the campaign!
Follow the campaign on Twitter at @kidlit4climate
and Instagram @kidlit4climate
Share the logo above and the campaign hashtag #kidlit4climate and #climatestrike to let everyone know we stand with them,
we are listening, and that we support them.
Example tweets -
I'm a children's author, and I support the #kidlit4climate campaign because I stand with the young people striking for urgent climate change.
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I'm a children's illustrator taking part in the #kidlit4climate campaign. I stand with the young people striking for urgent climate change! Here is my virtual protest illustration.
[YOUR PROTEST ILLUSTRATION IMAGE]
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Protest on April 12th!
On March 15th, over 1.5 million people striked in 2,083 places in 125 countries on all continents. It was the biggest day of Global Climate Action ever according to 350.
If you are able to, stand with young people in your local area for the next big march on Friday April 12th. I'll be out with my real life sign again showing support.
I was walking through Manchester on a February morning in temperatures we normally only experience in the summer, and I thought 'When am I going to do something?'
I don't want to look back and wish I had done something sooner.
We only have one planet.
Climate change is overwhelming, but every voice helps to get this message out there, and this campaign is something I thought I could help amplify within my field of work.
We make our books and pictures for young people, so let's show them our support! We are the grown ups now, and hopefully we can get other grown ups to listen.