Let’s harness the energy of our youth to shape climate emergency declarations

By Fay Holland | 14 November 2021

Young people are just fed up - they want to be listened to. There’s fantastic action from the younger generation but adults and people in authority are not looking out for us or acknowledging us.’

These were the words of one of the young people Groundwork spoke to for our latest report, Youth in a Changing Climate. At Youth and Public Empowerment’ day at COP26 up in Glasgow, delegates discussed how the voices of young people can be elevated in international agreements on climate change. This could not be more urgent: our research found that just one in five young people believe they are listened to when it comes to decisions on climate change and the environment. But climate change is an issue that plays out locally, and it’s equally important to give young people a say in the changes happening on their doorstep.

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