We stand as one: Children, young people and climate change
“I care about my future and my friends’ future.”
Ektemel, Year 10, Parramatta, Sydney.
The youth of the world want action on climate change now.
This is what hundreds of young people across the globe told us as part of the 'We stand as one: children, young people and climate change' report released in partnership with youth organisations Oaktree and Australian Youth Climate Council.
“We are young Australians, and we are confused and frustrated. Why does our government refuse to take climate change seriously when, as a country, we have the capacity to do it?
Young people like us are rarely invited to have their voice heard on things that matter. We are described as having potential, as though our power to bring about change lies dormant.
We are proclaimed as being our world’s future, as though we don’t exist in the present. We are handed platitudes in exchange for our patience. But climate change won’t wait for our generation to grow up and take action. Change needs to happen now and we will have a say in what our current and future world looks like.”
This is an extract from a letter written by our youth ambassadors. Importantly, young people were deeply involved with all phases of the report, in the decision to focus on climate change, in the consultations here and abroad, and in the writing of the report itself. Some of the youth we consulted were already experiencing the effects of climate change in their home country.
“We have to live with disasters influenced by climate change every day.”
Marinel, 21, climate change activist in the Philippines.