Whether through educational, awareness-raising, behavioral change campaigns, technology, science or law ─ the youth are tapping into their skills to speak up for climate action. On top of the usual adolescent pressures — grades, socialization, etc. — the youth are confronting a world that may be unrecognizable by the time they grow up.
As stated by UNFCCC, young people are key actors in raising awareness, running educational programmes, promoting sustainable lifestyles, conserving nature, supporting renewable energy, adopting environmentally-friendly practices and implementing adaptation and mitigation projects.
Climate-change activism is not new, but the role of youth in it today is. They challenge the traditional, and uphold the interests of future generations more than ever. They see climate change as a profound injustice and an existential threat to their generation and those that will follow. By organizing school walkouts, public protests and social media campaigns, the youth have drawn the world’s attention to global warming in ways that decades of studies could not.
All over the world, a growing number of engaged youth organizations are formed through which youth make their voices heard and actively contribute to shaping the intergovernmental climate change policies.
On the other hand, we recognize the key role the youth plays in tackling climate change, and works closely with youth-led and youth-focused organizations to take adaptation and mitigation actions and enhance effective participation of youth in climate change policy decision-making processes.
These youth initiatives were further institutionalized through the issuance of Proclamation No. 1160 in 2015, declaring every 25th of November of the year as the National Day for Youth in Climate Action.
Climate education, through conducting awareness programs, training, and workshops are aimed to educate and inculcate the youth on climate change and its effects as well as measures to address and mitigate these effects. The climate body endeavors to raise a generation of Filipinos who are well-equipped to advocate, to innovate, and to dig deep and bite into the task of combating global warming.
Solving a problem as enormous as climate change is an intergenerational responsibility. The youth, who are constantly finding new pathways to build and sustain movements, raise awareness, and innovate in all aspects of climate action—have an especially important role to play. When empowered and educated on climate change, they have the capacity to reduce the vulnerability and contribute to building the resilience of the communities to risk.
The youth, constituting the majority of the population in many countries and have an increasingly strong social and environmental awareness, has the power to transform societies towards a low-carbon and climate resilient future.