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Catholic Archbishop of Liverpool says eyes of the world are on leaders ahead of climate summit

by Donna Birrell

The Catholic Archbishop of Liverpool has joined students from the city in calling for the UK and world leaders to tackle the climate crisis.

Archbishop Malcolm McMahon gathered with over 70 children and young people with handmade images of eyes and a large banner to remind the Government that the 'Eyes of the World' are watching, ahead of the UK hosting world leaders at the UN climate conference 'COP26' in Glasgow this November.
Joined by Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram, pupils from St Vincent de Paul Catholic primary school and students from Boughton Hall High School, the Archbishop said:

"The climate emergencies that we have witnessed over recent months have demonstrated very starkly just how crucial it is that we face up to the climate crisis. The Eyes of the World campaign is a brilliant and creative way to show that we each can play our part to help in holding leaders to account, and that together, in solidarity with people across the world, we can make a difference to our planet."

The 'Eyes of the World' banner first made an appearance on the opening day of the G7 summit in Cornwall in June. 

Accompanied by a massive art installation, created by pupils from St Mary's primary school in Falmouth, over 14,000 young people have now joined CAFOD's campaign urging world leaders to take action on issues like the climate crisis.  

Over the next two months, the banner will travel to Blackpool Tower, York, Gateshead and Edinburgh - reaching its final destination in Glasgow at COP26.

Siobhan Farnell is the community coordinator at CAFOD:

"We would like to say a huge thank you to the schools and colleges in Liverpool who took part in the 'Eyes of the World' campaign - your actions will make a huge difference to those living with poverty and injustice.  

"In the run-up to COP26, I hope that the UK government does listen to the voices of young people and the Catholic community and takes seriously their duty to look out for global communities already impacted by the climate emergency."  

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