Young Commonwealth Leaders Call On Their Governments To Protect The Most Vulnerable From Climate Change

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Posted: Wednesday September 29, 2021. 7:17 PM CST.

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By Rubén Morales Iglesias: More than 2,000 young leaders from the Commonwealth and youth-led organizations call on their governments “to respect the needs and contributions of the world’s most vulnerable groups, ahead of the global climate talks in Glasgow in November”, a Commonwealth press said. out on Wednesday.

Commonwealth Youth today released a Commonwealth Youth Statement on climate change. The declaration urges Commonwealth governments “to include young people, women, the elderly and people with disabilities in decision-making on policies related to climate change.”

“We demand an end to climate inaction. Our generation will have to face more frequent and severe climate impacts than ever before, making us one of the groups most vulnerable to its impacts, ”the youth statement said.

Over 1.5 billion people in the Commonwealth are under the age of 30.

Youth leaders presented seven important recommendations for consideration in global discussions at the Youth4Climate Summit taking place this week in Milan, Italy, September 28-30, according to the Commonwealth press release.

“Young people are the real heroes in the fight against climate change. They have demonstrated a tremendous ability to grasp the reality of the climate crisis and to mobilize critical support for climate action across groups, sectors and nations, ”said Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland, welcoming their proposals.

“Without the contributions and innovations of young people from all parts of the Commonwealth of Nations, the world would not have made the progress it makes on climate action today. We need them at the table so that their voices can be heard as discussions continue on developing effective climate policies and strategies. “

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