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What do young people really think about climate change?

Young people are actively engaged at national and global levels in awareness-raising, running educational programmes, planting trees, promoting renewable energy, and adopting energy saving practices. The United Nations supports youth in combating climate change through educational programmes, adaptation initiatives and participative involvement. Through coordinative efforts of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat, youth have a provisional constituency status giving them a voice in international climate change negotiations

Human activities, such as deforestation and fossil fuels use, contribute to climate change, which decreases the availability of nutritious food and clean water. This leads to malnutrition and ill health, rendering children and young people particularly vulnerable. Encouraging sustainable lifestyles, promoting the use of renewable energy sources, and building adaptive capacity and resilience are some examples of actions that youth have undertaken to combat climate change. Strong social and environmental awareness further unite young people to negotiate with a single voice on a global level.

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