Mobilizing Young People Around Paris Climate Talks - #Youth4Climate

November 20, 2015 by Ellie Johnston


It’s been said that today’s youth are the first generation to feel the impacts of climate change and the last that can do something about it. Climate Interactive is working with partners to empower young people around the world to engage in the UNFCCC climate talks in Paris from November 30 - December 11, 2015, through the #Youth4Climate campaign.

Climate Interactive’s World Climate Project is a great way to engage people through a simulation of the UN climate talks. The World Climate Exercise has been played by thousands of people, young and old alike,  in dozens of countries already.

Why does climate change education matter?

As the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change says in Article 6, “The solutions to climate change are also the paths to a safer, healthier, cleaner and more prosperous future for all. To see this and to understand what needs to be done requires a sharp and sustained focus on education, training and public awareness in all countries and at all levels of government, society and enterprise.”

Key reasons why climate change education matters:

The #Youth4Climate social media campaign is an effort led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the U.S. Department of Energy, the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC), the CLEAN NetworkThe Wild Center, the World Bank Group’s global partnership program Connect4ClimateClimate Generation: A Will Steger LegacyAlliance for Climate EducationEarth Day NetworkClimate Interactive, and others. It is an open discussion for all to join the youth call for climate action.

Numbering approximately one billion today, young people are one of the largest demographics in the world. And they are our future leaders. It is critical that this population has a solid foundation in climate literacy. In order to tackle the complex issue of climate change, we need leaders with the skills, knowledge, and passion to advocate  and innovate solutions.

With what they already know, the leaders of this generation are already demanding ambitious action on climate change. They are leading a strong, vocal climate movement. The #Youth4Climate coalition is supporting them on the road to and through Paris.

We are excited to join forces and support them by providing an opportunity to voice their concerns, to express their hopes for the future, and to lead in Paris and beyond. We know there are solutions.  And we are committed to working together to build a resilient climate-friendly world. Join us at #Youth4Climate.

For the next month there are events happening all over that engage youth. Here are a couple that we are participating in:

**November 26-28: **This year’s Conference of Youth (, organized by young volunteers, will take place in Villepinte, France. The conference targets youth, aged 18 to 30, to spread sustainability best practices, with a specific climate change focus. Climate Interactive in partnership with CliMates, and Albedo Climat will run 6 simulations of the climate talks throughout the Conference of Youth.

**December 4: **World Climate Project: Interactive Simulation of UN Climate Negotiations. In the Climate Generations Area from 11:30-13:00, Climate Interactive will offer a chance to explore potential pathways to address climate change through an interactive demonstration of the World Climate game and computer simulations C-ROADS and En-ROADS. Put yourself in the shoes of the climate negotiators to see what it will take. Analysis of the INDC pledges will be offered alongside a framework for understanding how climate solutions can and must address other challenges simultaneously.