An idea formed at Helensburgh Garelochside Rotary Club is set to take centre stage at global climate change summit COP26.

A special poster competition which has been masterminded locally has gathered interest from Rotary Clubs across the country.

And entries will be on display at key COP26 venues in view of world leaders as they descend on Glasgow for the event later this month.

Sheenah Nelson from the club told the Lennox Herald: “This is something which the Rotary club is very interested in.

“One of the things which Rotary looks at is the environment and climate change.

“It has grown arms and legs and was rolled out nationally across Britain.

“It has been phenomenal.

“We are only a small club and we are gobsmacked at how this has taken off. What started off as a small poster competition has now gone national.

“It has just been absolutely fantastic. We never thought we would get to this stage.”

The club have run a successful internet safety competition for years and, on the same premise, President Tariq wanted to give primary school aged children the opportunity to convey a message to the delegates attending from all over the world.

From the local group, an invitation to participate was extended to all districts in Great Britain.

The north and south of Scotland districts got on board as did many across England.

Each area was asked to run their own local competition and submit their best two entries for the national final.

It is estimated that 125 schools took part, contributing almost 4000 posters in total.

A spokesperson for the club said: “We are very grateful to our independent judges for selecting the winning posters and these will be announced at COP26, hopefully by Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta.

“The Rotary Environmental Action Group are including copies of the winning posters in their newsletter which is distributed internationally. A request has also been received to produce a video showing interviews of the winners and their posters.

“We have also been asked to consider running the competition across the world in advance of the next COP Conference with a specific request from Africa to be included."

The posters will be displayed in a variety of locations.

This includes, in the week leading up to the conference a display at Strathclyde University where the ‘conference of the youth’ is being held.

Three of the main Glasgow conference hotels will display stands and there will also be an exhibition area at Glasgow Airport.

In addition, Argyll and Bute Council and Helensburgh Community Council have facilitated a display at the Helensburgh Civic Centre display focused on entries from across the local area.

The spokesman went on: “These posters show the world exactly what our children think about climate change and the action that should be taken to protect the world for future generations and it is important that we convey the message to a wide audience.”

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