Podcast: Inside the youth climate movement
Oct 18, 2022 | 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Human activity has degraded the planet and its ecosystems for centuries, resulting in runaway climate change, the mass extinction of species, and now a global pandemic. With the world at the brink, young people are now inheriting catastrophes that stem from the profligacy of their ancestors. Yet there is a growing global youth climate movement that refuses to be victims of their fate and is pushing to implement their own solutions. Young leaders, including students and young professionals, are demanding radical change from current political leaders. Will they succeed in literally changing the course of the planet? In this episode, produced in September 2020 in collaboration with the Youth in Landscapes Initiative, we’re joined by Amelia Arreguín, regional chapter coordinator for the Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN) and policy officer for Women4Biodiversity, and Chiagozie Udeh, who sits as a chairperson on the board of Plant-for-the-Planet as well as multiple youth-focused UN constituencies, including YOUNGO, to discuss how young people are entering into climate politics and the changes we can expect to see from them.