Ice sculptures installed on beach to highlight climate change

The 26 sculptures were installed on New Brighton beach in Wirral, Merseyside, to highlight the importance of global climate conference Cop26.

Ice sculptures installed on beach to highlight climate change

Ice sculptures of children which will be washed away by the sea have been created to highlight climate change.

The 26 sculptures were installed on New Brighton beach in Wirral, Merseyside, on Monday along with a 120-metre sand drawing by artists from Sand In Your Eye.

As part of the installation, designed to highlight the importance of global climate conference Cop26, 26 children and their families stood alongside the ice sculptures holding plaques with the names of global leaders.

The sand drawing surrounding the ice sculptures reads “COP26, NET ZERO 2050, make a plan for our future”, with drawings of the future the children and their families would like to see featured within the letters.

Members of the public look at some of 26 ice sculptures of children installed on New Brighton Beach, Wallasey in Merseyside
Members of the public look at some of the 26 ice sculptures installed on New Brighton beach in Merseyside (Peter Byrne/PA)

It was due to stay in place until 1.30pm, when it was expected to be washed away by the tide.

Jamie Wardley, from Sand In Your Eye, said: “I think that from Covid-19 we have learnt that the human race is indeed very sensitive and vulnerable to disturbance.

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Children hold cardboard signs showing names of various world leaders (Peter Byrne/PA)

“However, there are tipping points such as the Arctic permafrost defrosting and releasing tonnes of carbon that will accelerate climate change and cause a chain reaction that will be unstoppable.

“Measures can be taken that will stop climate change and it is evident that this is what young people want.

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Some of the ice sculptures of children on New Brighton beach (Peter Byrne/PA)

Cop26 is the 26th UN Climate Change Conference and will be held in Glasgow in November.

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