Youth Climate Movement Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Youth_Climate_Movement

International Youth Climate Movement
Official International Youth Climate Movement logo
FormationDecember 2005[1]
TypeInternational Coalition of Charitable Organizations & Individuals
Legal statusActive
PurposeYouth representation, climate change advocacy
  • Representation in over 100 countries
Region served
 United Kingdom,
 United States of America,
Open to all youth worldwide active in stopping climate change
Official language
Over 50. Common communication language is UK English.
Key people
Sébastien Duyck, Wilson Ang, Kyle Gracey, Anna Keenan, Caroline Howe, Matt Maiorana, Amber Church, Michael Gale
Main organ
Bottomlining Team - Main coordination entity, no decisionmaking power
Parent organization
AffiliationsClimate Action Network - International, Global Campaign for Climate Action, Unite for Climate.[3]
0, historically up to 6[1]

The Youth Climate Movement (YouNGO)[4] or International Youth Climate Movement (IYCM) refers to an international network of youth organisations that collectively aims to inspire, empower and mobilise a generational movement of young people to take positive action on climate change.



Since the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, individual youth have been participating in international negotiations related to different environmental and sustainable development issues. With the formation of the European Youth Forum in 1996, and the U.S. youth organization SustainUS in 2001, youth-run organizations began to send delegations of youth to actively participation in these various worldwide negotiations, principally through the United Nations. Individual youth had been participating in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and with the new level of youth organization participation in international negotiations, youth organizations began to identify the UN climate negotiations as a new forum to increase youth participation in.

From November 28 to December 9, 2005, the United Nations (UN) Climate Change Convention (COP 11 or COP/MOP 1) took place at the Palais des congrès de Montréal in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Youth delegations from member nations, including the United States (via SustainUS), Canada, and Australia, attended to advocate on behalf of young people. As a result, the concept of the International Youth Climate Movement was first developed, though it was originally referred to as the International Youth Delegation, referring to the youth delegates at the international climate negotiations.[5]

Following on from this in September 2006, the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition was launched, consisting of 48 youth organisations from across the nation.[6] This was soon followed by the Australian Youth Climate Coalition in November, which itself was a coalition of 27 youth organisations from across Australia.[7]

In March 2008, the Indian Youth Climate Network joined the Global Youth Climate Movement whilst in June 2008, the United Kingdom ambassadors to the World Wide Fund for Nature's Voyage for the Future programme, Emma Biermann and Casper ter Kuile, created the UK Youth Climate Coalition (UKYCC), after returning from the Arctic to witness the impact of climate change.[8] More recently, coalitions in Africa, China, Japan, Pacific Islands and South Asia have been established with the same mission statement as the International Youth Climate Movement.


Across the world, there are youth organisations who have formed coalitions to take positive action on climate change, such as the UK Youth Climate Coalition, which are led entirely by a team of young people. Each Climate Coalition or Climate Network is affiliated to a regional or continental movement. These movements include the African Youth Initiative on Climate Change; Caribbean Youth Environmental Network; European Youth Climate Movement; Project Survival Pacific; Nordic Youth Climate Action Movement; North East Asia Youth Environmental Network; the South American Youth Climate Coalition and the South Asia Youth Environment Network. Consequently, these local, national and continental organisations come together to form the International Youth Climate Movement.


The International Youth Climate Movement, although an umbrella term for the movements of young people taking place across the world, is run by teams of volunteers. These teams of volunteers organise themselves into different working groups and form the central organs of the movement, coordinated by a "Bottomlining Team" that helps to organize their efforts, especially at international climate negotiations.[9]


The movement is funded by contributions from its member organisations, as well as occasional contributions from organizations like UNICEF and the government of the Netherlands.[10]


A map of countries participating in the Youth Climate Movement Legend:
  Participating countries
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National members of the Youth Climate Movement include: the AYLCF Climate Action Network (France); Australian Youth Climate Coalition; Canadian Youth Climate Coalition; Arab Youth Climate Movement, China Youth Climate Action Network; ECO Singapore; Energy Action Coalition (U.S.A.), headed by coalition organization SustainUS; Project Survival Pacific, Ghana National Youth Coalition on Climate Change; Hong Kong Climate Change Coalition; Indian Youth Climate Network; Japan Youth Ecology League; Malaysian Youth Climate Justice Network; Nature and Youth Denmark; New Zealand Youth Delegation; Nigerian Youth Green Coalition on Climate Change; Russian Youth Climate Movement; Taiwan Youth Climate Coalition; Bangladesh Youth Movement for Climate (BYMC); Young Friends of the Earth; World Alliance of YMCAs; World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts; World Organisation of the Scout Movement, Malaysia Youth Delegation (MYD) and the UK Youth Climate Coalition.


Alongside the national campaigns undertaken by the domestic coalitions and domestic networks, such as the Power Shift conferences, the International Youth also undertake their own global campaigns, which are coordinated by a team of young volunteers.[1]

Conference of Youth[edit]

The first Conference of Youth was held in 2005, in Montreal, Canada, shortly before the Eleventh Conference of Parties. The event brings together youth delegates for sharing resources, training, networking and collective discussions. It is also an opportunity for the youth climate movement to plan their activities over the course of the negotiations and the subsequent year.

The fifth Conference of Youth took place at the University of Copenhagen from the 4–6 December 2009 where over 700 young people from 100 countries are reported to have attended.[1] The sixth was held at the Universidad del Caribe in preparation for the Cancun climate negotiations.

The two- or three-day event takes place annually, and it is scheduled each year to be held shortly before the United Nations Conference of Parties, where nations convene to assess the progress of the climate negotiations.

Participation at the UNFCCC negotiation process[edit]

350.org climate change march in Melbourne, Australia in 2009

Since 2005, each domestic coalition or network within the Youth Climate Movement has sent a delegation to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC) to represent young people in their respective country.

In June 2009, the youth organisations participating in the United Nations climate change negotiations submitted an application to become a constituency. In August 2009, the constituency application was provisionally approved by the climate change Secretariat, making youth the 7th constituency to join the climate negotiations.[11] The official title for the youth participation to the climate negotiations is 'YOUNGO'.[12] The maiden focal points for the YOUNGO elected were Wilson Ang (Singapore), sponsored by SustainUS, and Lina Li (China), sponsored by 350.org, representing the International Youth Climate Movement in an official capacity (despite the provisional status until 2011).[13]

Currently, the elected focal points who represent the International Youth Climate Movement are Lauren Nutter (U.S.A.), sponsored by SustainUS, and Jean Paul Brice Affana (Cameroon), sponsored by Jeunes Volontaires pour l'Environnement. They follow 2010-2011 Focal Points, Sébastien Duyck (France), sponsored by Service Civil International and Rishikesh Ram Bhandary (Nepal), sponsored by SustainUS.[14]

Throughout the year, there are other opportunities for the members of the International Youth Climate Movement to convene. For example, at the International Youth Summit on Energy and Climate Change in Beijing, China[15]

In 2021 the health working group in the organization demanded the participation of youth climate activists in post COVID-19 pandemic recovery, as the pandemic is probably linked to climate change.[16]

Think 2050 Campaign[edit]

In 2009, the UK Youth Climate Coalition worked with the Youth Movement, in particular the European Youth Climate Movement and SustainUS to launch the "How old will you be in 2050?" campaign at the United Nations Climate negotiations taking place in Bonn, Germany.[17] The slogan has been used by the Youth Movement since then and was also the focus for the International Youth "Young and Future Generations Day" in December 2009.[18] The campaign seeks to emphasise the need to cut carbon emissions by 80% by 2050 on 1990 levels, as young people will be the ones to inherit this world and decisions made today will have a direct impact on their lives in 40 years time.[1][19]

Participation in writing an international report[edit]

In 2022 a report called "Stockholm+50: Unlocking a Better Future" was published by a team of scientists, analyzing the changes made from the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in 1972 and giving recommendations for the future. The key messages are; "Redefine the relationship between humans and nature, achieve lasting prosperity for all, and invest in a better future.". In addition, youth researchers issued a youth version of the report, called: "Charting a Youth Vision for a Just and Sustainable Future" also making some recommendations. The key messages are: "Health well being and communal solidarity, living in harmony with nature, international solidarity-living as one global family, a world when all humans are equal.[20]" The Youth Climate Movement (YOUNGO) as a whole and some members of it participated in the creation of the report.[21]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Cassidy, Kyle. "The Youth Climate Movement's Global New Media Push for Survival". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2010-07-29.
  3. ^ "Youthclimate.org". Youth Climate. Retrieved 2010-07-29.
  4. ^ Climate Talks: VIPs Need ESP for UN ABCs by Alex Morales Dec 2, 2011 Bloomberg.com
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  6. ^ "Our Mission". Canadian Youth Climate Coalition. Archived from the original on May 18, 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-27.
  7. ^ "About Us". Australian Youth Climate Coalition. Archived from the original on 2009-04-14. Retrieved 2009-05-27.
  8. ^ "Climate change Young Ambassadors". WWF. Archived from the original on July 2, 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-27.
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  10. ^ "UNICEF supports youth participation at climate change conference in Bali". UNICEF. 2008-12-12. Retrieved 2009-05-27.
  11. ^ "UK Youth Climate Coalition granted official constituency status in the UNFCCC". Foreign and Commonwealth Office. 2009-09-09. Archived from the original on 2009-11-11. Retrieved 2010-07-29.
  12. ^ Morales, Alex (2011-12-02). "Climate Talks: VIPs Need ESP for UN ABCs". Bloomberg.
  13. ^ "New Youth Constituency at UN Climate Negotiations Sponsored by SustainUS". SustainUS/UNFCCC Secretariat. Archived from the original on August 30, 2011. Retrieved 6 May 2011.
  14. ^ "Constituency focal points" (PDF). UNFCCC. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 24, 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-29.
  15. ^ "International Youth Summit on Energy and Climate Change". ResponsibleChina. 2009-07-03. Archived from the original on August 18, 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-30.
  16. ^ Sánchez, Rodrigo; Mariyam, Deena. "YOUNGO Health Perspective and Demands on Climate Negotiations". The Global Climate and Health Alliance. Retrieved 10 December 2021.
  17. ^ "UK Youth Climate Coalition Annual Review 2009" (PDF). UK Youth Climate Coalition. Retrieved 2010-05-29.[dead link]
  18. ^ "'How old will you be in 2050?': Copenhagen slogan of the day". London: The Independent. 2009-11-10. Archived from the original on December 13, 2009. Retrieved 2010-05-27.
  19. ^ "Department of youth demands world action". London: The Age. 2009-12-16. Retrieved 2010-07-29.
  20. ^ "Stockholm+50: Unlocking a Better Future". SEI, CEEW. Retrieved 1 June 2022.
  21. ^ (PDF). Stokholm Environment Institute. April 2022. p. 4 https://www.stockholm50.report/charting-a-youth-vision-for-a-just-and-sustainable-future.pdf. Retrieved 17 June 2022. {{cite book}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)

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