Climate crisis is the biggest challenge humanity has ever faced. Alarm bells have been raised as the evidence of inexorable warming of the planet points to the possibility of the destruction of earth and its systems that nurture human existence, if we continue the way we live now. Tackling this challenge needs a multi-stakeholder approach where everyone is open to understanding, acknowledging and acting now in order to protect the lives of next generations on this planet.
This conference is an opportunity to share experience of young people engagement in climate action at the local, national and global levels. According to UN estimates, there are 1.21 billion young people between the ages of 15 and 24 in the world today, accounting for 15.5 per cent of the global population.
The need to include youth voices has become more pressing than ever as young people, whose futures are threatened by accelerating global heating, are increasingly demanding action towards a more just, equitable, and climate-resilient society.
Most of the world climate challenges we face today require joint global effort, and youth can play an important role in the climate-related policy formulation as well as its implementation when engaged and empowered effectively.
During the forum we will explore existing youth initiatives in Russia and UK, discuss the role of youth as essential partners in the fight against climate change, and talk about how we can share best practices and develop new partnerships to educate, empower and engage youth in climate action and encourage their participation in designing and implementing climate policies.
One day will be focused on students initiatives and the second day will target early career researchers who could be a real driving force for the climate action.
During the forum we will aim not only to showcase best examples of students initiatives and share best practices but we'll work on building more links between students associations and organisations as well as universities and research groups.