On 19 October, UNICEF UK supporters met with Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne MP to present our Get Children Climate Ready campaign petition ahead of an important meeting on climate change.

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Huhne spoke with supporters of the important role that children can play in teaching their families about climate change and its effects.

Next week he attends an important ministerial meeting where ministers will discuss prospects for COP17, the UN talks on climate change in Durban this November.

We want Chris Huhne to put the need to help children adapt to the effects of climate change high on the political agenda.

Over 14,000 people have signed up to the campaign, and a book containing their names was presented to Huhne. Handing in the petition, UNICEF UK supporters and staff were dressed as Robin Hood and Climate Kid - the creative inspiration behind the campaign.

Take action: Tell David Cameron to back a Robin Hood Tax now.

"I’ve travelled from Norwich today", said Frances, a UNICEF UK campaigner. "I think it’s really important that the UK Government is aware that so many people care about climate change and the effects it's having on children."

Our campaign calls on the UK Government - specifically the Chancellor and the Climate Change Secretary - to raise the billions needed to help children in less developed countries adapt to the effects of climate change. This money can be raised by introducing a Robin Hood Tax and a tax on dirty shipping and aviation fuels.

"We urge Chris Huhne to put climate finance high on the agenda at international ministerial meetings ahead of COP 17", said UNICEF Policy Officer Jazmin Burgess. "This the first step in building a safer future for children threatened by climate change."

Last week, we handed in our Get Children Climate Ready campaign petition to the Treasury, ahead of the G20 Finance Ministers' meeting.

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UNICEF UK campaigners present our Get Children Climate Ready petition to Chris Huhne © UNICEF UK/2011/Carmen Valino
UNICEF UK campaigners present our Get Children Climate Ready petition to Chris Huhne.© UNICEF UK/2011/Carmen Valino

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