For more than 20 years, adults have been trying to find a way to avoid dangerous climate change. To this end, they promised to keep global warming below the 2°C threshold. For many countries, including small island states, even 2°C warming is unacceptable because it would threaten their survival. The adults have already been negotiating long before we were even born; nevertheless, there is still no action plan for the necessary emission reductions. The deadline for the weak Kyoto commitments was December 31st, 2012 and the only promise made by governments since then was that they would develop a new treaty, which would become effective in 2020. In the meantime, worldwide CO2 emissions are allowed to rise. We feel cheated!
By now, there is broad scientific consensus that a rise in the global mean temperature above 2°C could lead to disastrous changes in OUR future living conditions. So that the present generations can live in more comfort, we children will probably have to live on a shattered planet and this prognosis makes us quite nervous. At climate conferences, we, who will have to live on such a future planet, are not given a voice. Therefore, we want to raise our voices in public and urge the world community to take action. We will bring together youth organizations and young people from around the world and use scientific knowledge to create a "Global Youth Climate Plan".
From May 20-25th we will get together at the Evangelische Akademie Tutzing to finalize our plan.
You can download the program of our conference here.