UK-Med’s CEO David Wightwick joins the ‘Words For Your World’ judging panel

We’re excited to be part of the University of Manchester’s Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI)’s schools writing competition, Words For Your World, in collaboration with our Sounding the Siren partners – HCRI and Save the Children UK.

The writing competition is an opportunity for young people to have a say on the climate change, how it’s affecting them, and what changes they want and need to see happen.

The announced judging panel so far includes our very own CEO, David Wightwick, as well as Dr Stephanie Sodero (Lecturer in Responses to Climate Crises at the HCRI) and Gareth Owen OBE (Humanitarian Director at Save the Children UK).

Sounding the Siren to protect future generations

Every year, the lives and livelihoods of millions of people are destroyed by disasters – both caused and made worse by the climate emergency. That number is growing.

Last October, in our report Sounding the Siren, aid workers across the globe report warned that the world is unprepared for the escalating crisis. We published this report ahead of COP26, and with little action taken by world leaders following the conference, we are eager to continue our calls for action and be part of a project that gives a voice to the young people who will be most affected by inaction.

In the lead-up to the competition, we’ll continue to urge leaders to act as part of the Sounding the Siren project, and share news and updates from the competition and the judging panel.

How to get involved 

The competition runs from Monday, 15 November 2021 until Friday, 22 April 2022 (Earth Day). Entrants must be in Year 9, 10, 11, 12 or 13 at a UK school. To learn more and apply, visit the University of Manchester website. 

To read and share findings from the report, including the digital novella Amrita’s Story, visit: soundingthesiren.com  

Feature image: Capivari, Brazil – A young boy looks on as he walks through a flooded street after heavy rains hit a residential neighborhood. Hydro-meteorological disasters, including floods, forced more than 30 million people out of their homes in2020 alone. (Photo credit: Nelson Antoine / Shutterstock,January 2015). 

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