Young people take the lead on climate change topic at the CYF7

By , December 10, 2009 4:56 pm

Set in the grand and impressive venue of the Commonwealth Secretariat, the 7th Commonwealth Youth Forum (CYF7) which brought together young people from around the world took place, at a crucial time in climate negotiations. Along with the help of the secretariat, a motivated group of young people organised this event to give youth the space to feed into the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), which recently took place in Trinidad and Tobago.

Spanning over three days, the event symbolised the integral role that young people should take in deciding how future policies on climate change should be shaped. The significance of the meeting was reflected in the range of keynote speakers who attended, such as Baroness Kinnock, Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office who expressed the importance of young people’s role in campaigning.

As well as talks held by important officials, the delegates were grouped together to explore different areas of climate change policies and how young people in their communities could be educated about these issues and mobilized to encourage more environmentally friendly lifestyle choices. The delegates generated lively discussions with anecdotal evidence of their communities’ activities; sharing lessons learnt and possible ways to progress. Advocating the use of renewable energy sources as well as including climate change awareness into school curriculum were a couple of the strong ideas put forward.

The event culminated in the delegates producing a set of clear recommendations for the leaders at CHOGM to ensure young people are at the forefront of the fight to tackle climate change.

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