Today at COP16 belongs to the future.
The Sierra Student Coalition Delegates at the UN climate negotiations joined international youth to assert their voice and take a stand in curbing climate change in a day of action dubbed “Young and Future Generations Day” by youth NGOs (YOUNGO). Young adults from dozens of countries led creative actions and workshops as the first week of high-level climate treaty talks at COP16 draw to a close.
“It’s all about mutual understanding of cultures and showing our political leaders how to move forward [on climate change],” said Katherine Boy Skipsey, of the Sierra Student Coalition Delegates (below).
To make a statement of how young and future generations have been excluded from giving substantial input to talks thus far, dozens of youth wearing t-shirts that said, “You have been negotiating all my life. You cannot tell me you need more time,” a quote from Christina Orr, a youth delegate of the Solomon Islands last year at the Copenhagen climate negotiations. Among other creative actions, a flash mob of youth dancing and singing erupted in the main hall, and another group is holding a satirical market to “sell future generations" later this afternoon.
Delegations of students and youth groups are expected to hold additional actions and workshops as well as participate directly in negotiations throughout the day to keep the youth presence at COP16 high and demonstrate political leaders that we care and deserve to be heard.
Stay posted for SSC media hits and interviews from the "Young and Future Generations Day."