On September 9, 2021 we launched the Global Youth Letter on Climate Action, a call to action from young people around the world, directly addressing at leaders attending COP26, the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference to be held in Glasgow in November 2021.
The letter is the result of a large-scale research exercise (conducted between January and March 2021) between the British Council and the not-for-profit social enterprise Catalyst in Communities, which used a mixed methodological approach to gather the views, experiences and aspirations of 8,000 young people from 23 countries.
Here you can learn about some of the most important points and sign it if you want to add your voice to the change, however, you can also download it and read it at the end of this section:
- There is a strong and unanimous youth voice on climate change in all 23 countries.
- There is a variety of representation from different cultures and sectors of society. The charter does not discriminate on race, gender or position in society. It brings together young people from all countries around the world who have one issue in common: climate change.
- The climate crisis has reached every corner of the world, young people see the consequences, not only in the environmental field, but also in job opportunities that tend to become more scarce as the phenomenon grows.
- World leaders must open up opportunities and remove systemic boundaries surrounding the meaningful participation of young people in climate action.
- Access to institutions and be an active part of decision making. In the same way, resources to address the crisis and obtain a serious commitment to keep the planet's temperature rise below 1.5°C.
- Commitments are established for the political participation of young people through the dissemination of information to influence other parts of the population.
- The young signatories also make a commitment to change their lifestyles, consuming and wasting less, reducing their carbon footprint.
- Demand education and training opportunities from leaders, as well as investment in green technologies and policies that lead to the reduction of our environmental impact.