Intergenerational Equity and Climate Justice: Reimagining Commonwealth Youth Participation in Climate Action
The Commonwealth Youth Climate Change Network (CYCN) was established in 2009 during the Young Commonwealth Climate Summit in London, where 150 young environmental leaders gathered to share experiences and expertise.
The CYCN aims to build the capacity of young people in their endeavours to address climate change and other environmental issues, and advocate on climate change from a youth perspective. The Network supports actions that empower young people to translate climate change programmes into effective policies that will have a measurable impact on youth well-being. It also links projects implemented by its members across the Commonwealth in order to develop common actions and campaigns.
CYCN members advocate within national and local governments, as well as in international agencies and global spaces such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, to ensure that future generations are spared from the harshest effects of climate change.
CYCN and partners will round up outstanding success stories from network members prior to the climate week proceedings, and these inspirational stories will be showcased after the discussion. The sole reason being an avenue for young climate champions and those outside the climate space to draw lessons, inspiration, sense of belonging and replicate solutions in their own local communities while amplifying the voices of vulnerable communities that they represent The network will also leverage the few post-showcase minutes to familiarize the guests with the significant work it is doing and to open doors for new members to join as well as possible partnerships.
Participants at this event will have the opportunity to pose questions and engage in discussion with the youth-led panel with an exhibition of some of the amazing works and climate action intervention by young people. In the wake of revitalizing climate commitments and finalizing country plans on the road to COP27 later this year, the ‘climate week’ event is a strategic reformational turn that can offshoot youth participation and remind decision makers and other stakeholders on young people’s transformational power if correctly imprinted in their implementation plans. Additionally, the side event can be leveraged as a platform for youth to navigate concrete innovative solutions, review evidence-based data sets and strengthen our collective actions against climate change as we “get it done”.