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What Youths Can Contribute to Responding to Climate Change

The Side event on “Climate Asia Youth Debate” was successfully organized in China Pavilion on 16th November during the UN Climate Change Conference in Warsaw (COP19/CMP9). The debate brought together young people from across Asia to discuss the findings of “Climate Asia”. This is the largest ever study of people’s experience of Climate change, with more than 33,500 people surveyed in seven countries-Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan and Vietnam. This event invited young people to discuss the unique challenges and opportunities that young people in Asia face in adapting to climate change. The participants try to explore Asia young people’s roles in helping their communities adapt to climate change.

Jiang Wei from China said, never doubt the termination of Chinese young people to combat climate change. It takes time before the effect could surface. We just got to believe in the first place: as long as we are willing to make a change, we can make it real. With joint effects, the threat of climate change can be deterred.

Kinanti Alif from Indonesia said that this staring event at china pavilion is really precious for me. It is so inspiring and motivating. It makes me want to do more for my country. The discussion is great. The speakers are really encouraging. And I cannot wait to share it with everyone back home.

Results from the Climate Asia project highlight the importance of reaching young people with information that empowers them to take action to adapt to the changes in climate they notice and the impacts they feel. However only 10% of young people felt very informed about how  to respond to changes in climate. There is a need to reach more young people through the media, particularly in rural areas. While urban young people may love social media television is actually the preferred media for young people across Asia.

Source:NDRC
Date:Nov 17,2013