Youth in motion for climate action!
The number of people between the ages of 15 and 24 has reached 1.8 billion. According to the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, if current practices do not change, these young people will be living in a climate that will reach 1.5 degrees Celsius between 2030 and 2052 (IPCC, 2018). It is crucial that the voices of young people are heard, and that their ideas are respected and nurtured. Within the next 50 years, some of today’s youth will become the community leaders, policy makers and decision-makers that will determine our planet’s future. Education, training, capacity building, investments in technology and creating youth employment opportunities are key components in establishing an enabling environment in which young people can contribute to building a sustainable future.