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Youth in Action

Climate change has increased levels of uncertainty about our future. As its impacts intensify over time, one thing has become certain: We will leave the Earth to today’s children and young people, and to future generations.

The world is home to 1.8 billion young people between the ages of 10 to 24 — the largest generation of youth in history. Young people are increasingly aware of the challenges and risks presented by the climate crisis and of the opportunity to achieve sustainable development brought by a solution to climate change.

Young people’s unprecedented mobilization around the world shows the massive power they possess to hold decision-makers accountable. Their message is clear: the older generation has failed, and it is the young who will pay in full — with their very futures.

Young people are not only victims of climate change. They are also valuable contributors to climate action. They are agents of change, entrepreneurs and innovators. Whether through education, science or technology, young people are scaling up their efforts and using their skills to accelerate climate action.

 

My generation has largely failed until now to preserve both justice in the world and to preserve the planet. It is your generation that must make us be accountable to make sure that we don't betray the future of humankind. — United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres

 

 

 

Voices and stories from around the world

#YOUTH4CLIMATE: A moment & a movement

For the first time in the history of UN climate negotiations, the ideas and voices of young people were at the forefront of a Pre-COP summit. The event saw the adoption of the Youth4Climate Manifesto just before world leaders arrived in Glasgow for COP26.

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UN Climate Change Conference of Youth

In 2021, Conference of Youth (COY) was in its 16th year and is dubbed as the largest and longest running youth climate event to date; gathering thousands of young changemakers from more than 140 countries. Learn more about the event and read the Global Youth Statement here.

Moroccan youth’s commitment to climate action

From environment conservation to clean energy production and to youth mobilization, young Moroccan activists and entrepreneurs show their commitment to tackling the climate crisis through their actions.

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Young activists photo gallery

In the spotlight: The Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change

Building on the youth climate movement, the Secretary-General launched his Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change on 27 July to amplify youth voices and to engage young people in an open and transparent dialogue as the UN gears up to raise ambition and accelerate action to tackle the climate emergency.

Its members will bring the voices of young people into high-level decision making and advise the Secretary-General on the implementation of his 2020-21 Climate Change Strategy.

Take a look at the Outcome Report of the Global Youth Outreach here. Press release.

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THINGS YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW

  1. Join the United Nations’ #ActNow campaign for climate action and sustainability
  2. Calculate your carbon footprint
  3. Learn from your peers on the Reach Not Preach platform
  4. Educate yourself on the impact of climate change through an online course offered by UNICEF
  5. Play Mission 1.5 and cast your vote for climate action
  6. Be a Climate Superhero!
  7. Read the Global Youth Statement on Climate Change and COP26 Outcomes
  8. Join YOUNGO, a global network of children, youth activists, and youth NGOs on climate change
  9. Speak up! Share this information through social media

Youth Climate Action Summit 2019

Young leaders from around the world convened on 21 September 2019 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to showcase climate solutions and engage with global leaders on the defining issue of our time.

The Youth Climate Action Summit brought youth climate champions together from more than 140 countries and territories to share their solutions on the global stage, and deliver a clear message to world leaders: we need to act now to address climate change. The event gave voice to the demands of young people for swifter action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.