Final day of the Conference of Youth and our next steps for the MISYCS
The last day of COY13 was short, but sweet. Here is an overview of what we experienced and some information about our future plans to bring the COY experience to the MIS Youth Climate Summit in just three weeks!
What the Health!
Yutian- I learned how climate change is providing suitable conditions in more places for vectors of disease, most notably mosquitoes. The creepiest thing is the fact that as the ice is melting, bacteria that has been frozen and preserved from ages before can be released back into our environment and cause a new wave of unknown diseases. This is an important factor as governments care about health systems and so this topic can be good to use when trying to battle people who are apathetic about climate change.
Impacts of Climate Change on Sustainable Consumption
Yutian and Annabella – The workshop was presented by a group called Green Hope. This organization has made it their goal to complete all 17 SDGs. It was exciting to see how such a small group of high school students managed to grow into an organization that has an impact on the UN meetings. This has inspired us to take action for the future.
Importance of speaking up as a minority
Lea – I attended a workshop which was led by an indigenous girl from New Zealand, who attended last year’s COY conference and became inspired to make a change. Through the knowledge, inspiration, and strength she gained, she was able to create a community with the goal of representing the minority of voices of the land. The movement and protest that this new community began shows how it is important for minorities to be heard and inspired the oppressed to speak up for their rights and make a change.
A Liter of Light
Yutian- I built a DIY solar powered lamp that is currently implemented in many areas. It is really simple and compact and is making a huge difference by replacing pollution heavy kerosene lamps in rural areas. It can also help reduce crime rates after natural disasters as it is really easy to set up.
Collective Liberation – Addressing Inequality in the Global Climate Justice Movement
Lilia and Lena – This workshop helped us to really understand how climate change is actually impacting real people. It’s easy to say it, but to truly understand it requires a person to meet the people truly impacted. Throughout this workshop we heard from an indigenous young woman from New Zealand who saw that indigenous people are among the first to be affected by climate change, but often the last brought to the negotiations table. This puts them at a great disadvantage. Climate Justice is about progressing and moving forward together, rather than leaving someone behind.
Final thoughts on COY13:
Yutian – It was an inspiring journey shared with exceptional beings and it really broadened my global perspective. I gained so much from peers and people from all walks of life and I am hoping for our own successful climate summit.
Annabella – Overall, I found that I really enjoyed this experience, it was great opportunity to interact with people from all over the world and from all ages. It allowed me to gain perspective and inspiration for our upcoming climate summit.
Lilia – I felt that COY was eye-opening, it takes a lot on of energy and commitment, it is something that I would recommend.
Lea – It’s a great opportunity to meet people that have the same goal and share your passion in changing our future and helping reduce the effects of climate change.
Lena – The COY13 experience has been an eye-opening one. It is great to know that there are so many other young people who are interested in climate change and lead a range of inspiring campaigns in order to make a change in the world, especially on a political level in the UN. COY13 gave me information on where to go if you want to make a change, and the opportunities we have to do so.
THANK YOU TO THE MIS SCIENCE INSPIRATION FUND FOR MAKING THIS EXPERIENCE POSSIBLE!
Our Next Steps
We are bringing back all that we learned to the MIS Youth Climate Summit. We’ll lead a workshop we’ve titled,
COY13 – A Talanoa Dialogue
Over the course of three days at the Conference of Youth, a partner of the Conference of Parties, in Bonn, we learned more about climate change and gained inspiration. Now we want to do the same with you. Talanoa Manda is the slogan of COY13, which in Fiji roughly means “open dialogue in a safe space”. So, let’s talk! We’ll play some fun games and share lots of resources with you we collected at COY to bring back to your own school!