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Global leaders hear young Amy's climate appeal

Malvern Editorial 1st Oct, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A 12-YEAR-OLD girl has attended a global summit on climate change after impressing former US Vice President Al Gore with her video on the issue.

Amy Farrer rubbed shoulders with world leaders at the event hosted at the United Nations headquarters last Tuesday (September 23), which was attended by the likes of American President Barack Obama, Prime Minister David Cameron and actor and environmental activist Leonardo Di Caprio.

The Chase student earned the once-in-a-lifetime-opportunity by making a short video expressing her thoughts on the current state of the environment for the ‘Why, Why Not?’ competition run by the Climate Reality Project.

Despite actually being too young to enter, her film managed to impress Mr Gore, who founded the project in 2006.

The one-time Vice President of America who served in the position between 1993 and 2001, personally flew Amy over to New York alongside other competition winners. All attended the summit at the personal invitation of Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General.

As well as that, Amy also appeared in an emotive two-minute video screened in the main assembly hall, where some of the most influential people on the globe listened to her deliver powerful lines including ‘Why do you sit here, pretend and do nothing?’ as well as ‘Me and the whole next generation are counting on you’.

The video has also been viewed by more than 4,000 people on YouTube.

After the summit Amy said: “It was amazing to be there. So many heads of state, presidents and prime ministers including David Cameron all together in one room with me.

“Our video was shown in front of all these incredible people at the opening ceremony and it brought tears to my eyes to see it all happening.

“It was amazing hearing people like Leonardo Di Caprio and Barack Obama speak passionately about climate change and it was unbelievable adding my little voice to theirs.

“Al Gore was really kind and friendly and I told him all about my school and Malvern and invited him to visit us one day.”

Richard Jacobs, headteacher at The Chase, expressed his pride at Amy’s achievement.

“I am especially pleased that she was able to meet Al Gore, a particular hero of mine. I look forward to hearing all about Amy’s trip directly from her when she returns to school.

“I think she embodies all that we strive for at The Chase as she is certainly thinking deeply about how we can all be happy and successful tomorrow, as well as today.”


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