Harpenden pupil opens song at UN Climate Conference to encourage action on the environment
PUBLISHED: 12:51 10 January 2020 | UPDATED: 10:52 13 January 2020
A Harpenden pupil is leading a song which was launched at the UN Climate Conference to encourage a global effort to protect the planet.
Gracie Weldon, 13, was chosen to sing the opening verse of 'Resolution Song', which calls for from around the world to make New Year's resolutions to help tackle the climate crisis.
The song was launched at the UN Climate Conference in December, and people are invited to share their own versions of the song using the hashtag #Resolution2020.
Gracie, who lives in Wheathampstead and is in Year 9 at Sir John Lawes School, was chosen to open the song after performing in stage roles at the West End
She was recommended for the UN convention by Abbey Wright, who directed her in a play called 'Why is the Sky Blue?' at Southwark Playhouse.
Gracie's mum Rachel said: "She's done a lot of musical theatre - she was Annie in the West End and she goes to a theatre camp in London on Sundays.
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"She did a solo version where they asked her to sing the start, then there's a break where the actress Emma Thompson is speaking, and then [Gracie] sings again."
The final version starts with Gracie singing holding a megaphone on the Clifton Suspension Bridge, and then the chorus is sung by different groups of singers from around the world.
Rachel said: "They had the clip come up at the climate conference, which was amazing. It's got a lot of celebrity ambassadors which are growing as well.
"It's a great project and Gracie is part of a climate change action group at school, and she follows Greta Thunberg."
In her role as a teacher at St Nicholas C of E VA Primary School in Harpenden, Rachel is trying to get all Harpenden schools to take part. Pupils at St Nicholas sang the song during an assembly on Thursday, January 9, and Rachel is hoping other schools in the area will follow their example.
Headteacher Claire Robins said: "It is great for young people to be able to make a difference and we're delighted to be part of spreading such an important message."
To watch the video with Gracie singing go to https://youtu.be/G3sbur7oNig