Decarbonize Global Youth White Paper 2019

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WHO ARE WE This paper is a synthesis of the work done by over 10,000 youth, from 33 different countries, over the course of four months, with the goal to inspire leaders of the world to take action on the climate emergency we face. This project has been designed and delivered by TakingITGlobal and the Centre for Global Education, in partnership with Ocean Wise and under moral patronage of UNESCO, with input from such branches as the Intergovernmental Hydrology Programme, Ecohydrology, the Biosphere Reserves, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, and the UNESCO Associated Schools Network (ASPnet). Throughout the collaborative learning journey, youth involved have communicated with one another on a dedicated virtual classroom and through video conferences, to foster an understanding of climate change, colonization, youth mobilization, and the various stakeholders in the climate change movement. We have addressed these issues by creating blog posts and submitting original art pieces based on the theme of the climate crisis and specific impacts on water. The theme of water was suggested by UNESCO on the occasion of the approaching UN Decade of Oceans, but it naturally shifted over to solutions and actions that impact us specifically, as we wrote this white paper. In addition, we surveyed close to 2500 people under 19 to get the opinions and perspectives of as many youth as possible from all around the world. We, a group of global youth, are very passionate about speaking up about the climate crisis. We will keep speaking until words turn into actions. Page 2

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