Wellington Youth Climate Forum 2009

Wellington Youth Climate Forum 2009

What causes global climate change? What are its consequences?  What are our potential solutions?  These were some of the issues considered by more than 60 secondary students attending the Wellington Youth Climate Forum (WYCF) at Victoria University in September.  The NZ National Commission for UNESCO helped make the forum possible with a grant from the 2009 UCAF fund.  Students also planned and carried out a range of public actions to draw attention to climate change that included: making chalk art mural on Lambton Quay; handing out certificates to passengers at the railway station; writing a press release; and prepring a ‘communique’.  The final part of the forum saw participants use the skills they gained over the weekend to begin planning further action for fellow classmates in their respective schools on the 23rd October 2009: 350 Schools Day of Action on Climate Change.  Several students also became active participants on the ReGeneration Network: a social networking site with more than 270 youth members.

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