It was a blaze of colour, energy and passion, but more importantly, it was a statement.
The youth came together with a clear goal: to urge leaders to take heed and not ignore global warming, nor the needs of the next generation.
The young people came from around the globe to Daejeon (Republic of Korea) as part of the global UN-wide 'Seal the Deal!' campaign spearheaded by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to galvanize political will and public support for a comprehensive global climate agreement.
In a statement, the young delegates – representing three billion of the world’s population – expressed their “concern and frustration that their governments are not doing enough to combat climate change”, adding that “we now need more actions and less talking”.
“It is very important to include the voice of children and youth in every environmental decision. It is our request to all politicians that they please take this statement into consideration in Copenhagen,” said 13-year-old Yugratna Srivastava from India. Continued...