Their position is to behave as local weather justice advisers and push for the acceleration of daring local weather targets based mostly on their numerous experience and grassroots work, throughout the completely different nations they symbolize.
The announcement was made because the Intergovernmental Panel on Local weather Change (IPCC) gathers in Switzerland to wrap up its essential Synthesis Report, the primary because the Paris Settlement was signed in 2015 by 193 nations.
It’s anticipated to substantiate that the world will not be on monitor to mitigate local weather change, however among the findings present we can nonetheless maintain world warming beneath 1.5 levels Celsius, if dramatic emissions cuts might be made throughout completely different sectors.
“Local weather change is the combat of our lives – and younger individuals have been on the frontlines main the cost for local weather justice. The unrelenting conviction of younger individuals is central to retaining local weather targets inside attain, kicking the world’s dependancy to fossil fuels, and delivering local weather justice,” stated the Secretary-Common.
Magnificent Seven: Who’re the brand new advisers?
Ayisha Siddiqa (United States) is a Pakistani-American human rights and tribal land defender. She is the Co-founder of Polluters Out and Fossil Free College. Her work focuses on uplifting the rights of marginalized communities whereas holding polluting firms accountable on the worldwide stage. She is presently a analysis scholar at NYU College of Legislation. Ayisha was just lately named a Time journal Lady of the Yr.
Beniamin Strzelecki (Poland) is a local weather motion and power transition advocate. He coordinated a worldwide community of youth-led power organizations and labored with intergovernmental entities, together with the Worldwide Renewable Power Company, Sustainable Power for All, and the UN Industrial Growth Group (UNIDO) to create alternatives for younger individuals within the power transition subject. He presently co-chairs the Scholar Power Summit 2023 and is constant his research at New York College Abu Dhabi.
Fatou Jeng (The Gambia) is devoted to grassroots, nationwide, and worldwide mobilization as a local weather educator, frontline activist, and campaigner. Fatou based Clear Earth Gambia in 2017, a youth-led, native local weather group that has mobilized 1000’s of Gambian younger individuals to assist marginalized and weak communities construct resilience to local weather change.
Fatou holds a Masters’ diploma in Atmosphere, Growth, and Coverage from the College of Sussex within the UK. She can be a gender local weather negotiator for The Gambia to the UNFCCC and was acknowledged as a TOP 100 Younger African Conservation Chief by the WWF, in 2022.
Jevanic Henry (Saint Lucia) is a local weather and improvement skilled and advocate. He beforehand served as Local weather Change Particular Envoy for the Caribbean Youth Atmosphere Community, and was a UN Basis Subsequent Technology Fellow. Jevanic labored as a Overseas Service Officer with the Authorities of Saint Lucia, in addition to with the local weather change unit of the Commonwealth Secretariat and co-authored a sensible information on enhancing entry to local weather finance.
He’s presently an Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) Fellow, assigned to the Everlasting Mission of Saint Lucia to the United Nations in New York.
Josefa Tauli (Philippines) is an Ibaloi-Kankanaey Igorot indigenous youth activist. She is Coverage Cocoordinator of the World Youth Biodiversity Community (GYBN), which serves because the youth constituency to the UN Conference on Organic Range (CBD). An advocate for significant youth participation, human rights, and Indigenous Peoples’ rights and information, she has coordinated the engagement of youth delegations to greater than 10 rounds of CBD negotiations through the improvement of the Kunming-Montreal World Biodiversity Framework.
Joice Mendez (Colombia/Paraguay) is a migrant, social entrepreneur, and local weather advocate centered on the nexus of water, meals and power justice. Joice co-founded a number of native and regional youth organizations, together with the Moema Viezzer Environmental Schooling Observatory, the Latin American Observatory of Geopolitics of Power, and the binational Youth Collective of the Parana Basin 3 from the Cultivating Good Water Initiative – a recipient of the UN-Water Greatest Apply Award in 2015.
Joice has additionally supported Paraguay’s Nationwide Convention of Youth since 2016 and the Nationwide Discussion board of Water and Youth, and continues to be lively in YOUNGO, the Local weather Actuality Mission América Latina.
Saoirse Exton (Eire) is a local weather justice activist with Fridays for Future. As a proud Gaelic speaker from Eire, Saoirse believes that the wealth of data held in conventional languages and storytelling, can re-establish the very important idea of Earth as sacred inside capitalism-imposed mindsets. Saoirse is a member of the C40 Cities World Youth and Mayors’ Discussion board, a excessive schooler, and a powerful advocate of degrowth.
Youth and local weather ambition
“As an organizer and youth activist, I’ve been working in the direction of pushing the intergovernmental area additional on local weather ambition. It’s a nice honor to proceed doing this work as an advisor to the Secretary-Common,” stated Ayisha Siddiqa.
One other key factor for younger individuals is that they’re usually a part of native and regional conversations concerning local weather change, however native points can really feel faraway from conversations about world options.
“Coming from a small island growing state, the local weather disaster continues to be relentless in negatively impacting lives and livelihoods. Our survival is now depending on a worldwide neighborhood which is unified in urgently advancing the local weather agenda, with the ability of younger individuals being a catalyst to drive this a lot wanted accelerated motion,” stated Jevanic Henry.
Members of the Youth Advisory Group will work broadly in collaboration with different younger leaders and seek the advice of with youth local weather actions and leaders world wide, to include completely different views on local weather options and report findings on to the Secretary-Common.