#Decarbonize 2021 Global Youth Manifesto

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PROLOGUE From April to December 2021, #Decarbonize: #Decolonize, a collaborative, school-based project, brought together K-12 students and educators from 54 countries to learn, challenge, and co-create climate conversations. Under a Talanoa framework - an Indigenous dialogue for building trust and advancing knowledge with empathy and understanding - students shared learning and lived- experiences via blog posts, discussion boards, a virtual art gallery, project mapping, video conferences, and other innovative and engaging virtual experiences. During #Decarbonize over 35,000 global participants (1) Increased their awareness of global impacts of climate resilience, climate justice, and climate mitigation, and (2) Enhanced their contributions to quantify the current progress of nations under the National Determined Contributions (NDCs), and (3) Improved skills and capacity-building for whole-school, local, and global climate action. #Decarbonize is developed and delivered annually by the Centre for Global Education and TakingITGlobal, under the moral patronage of CCUNESCO, and UNESCO (2019), and with the support of the Trottier Foundation, Ocean Wise, GreenLearning and a number of other strategic partners. The 2021 Youth Manifesto is a culmination of virtual collaborative work involving over 103 global lead students across six continents, based on the 2020 Global Youth Report titled "What is 'Meaningful Youth Engagement?'" Which was a call for stakeholders to mobilize youth under 18yrs in meaningful ways. Through the 2020 Report youth called for countries to phase out investment and use of fossil fuels by reallocating that funding to greener energy sources, implement policies to protect communities and natural habitats, alongside highlighting youth and indigenous peoples' voices.The youth involved set forth a call for stakeholders to ensure that young people are meaningfully engaged and participate in the development and implementation of climate policies, programs, and processes that affect them. A process that moves beyond the recognition and identification of young people solely as beneficiaries, and towards engaging youth as equal and valuable partners in projects, research, programmes, and initiatives.

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