The Australian Youth Climate Coalition

COP 21 - 1 week in!

COP 21 - 1 week in!

The latest AYCC news and media from all across Australia

COP 21 - 1 week in!

Hello again! As the negotiations are starting to intensify, we'd like to give a bit of an update on what we've been up to during the first week of COP 21 in Paris!

 

The negotiations opened the week here in Paris riding on a great sense of optimism. There is incredible global momentum moving to a clean energy future, and no matter what happens here, this will not be stopped.

Progress was pretty slow and painful on a number of issues, but the text of the agreement has been cut down and the chance of an agreement is very high. The real question is: will it be fair and ambitious?

The key issue that we have been working on is influencing leaders as they decide whether we should aim to limit warming to 2 degrees or below 1.5 degrees. Vulnerable nations are leading the push for 1.5 degrees, since many of them are unable to survive in a 2 degree warmer world. As they defend their livelihoods, we as young people are standing in solidarity with them and pushing for 1.5 degrees too.

Everyone is exhausted, as evidenced by the fact that we haven't had a chance until now to write this blog post! People are falling asleep all over the place, at computers, in meetings, and in the negotiations themselves! But don't worry, nothing will stop us from fighting for climate justice! Here's what's been keeping us so busy:

1. Meeting important people!

We’ve been meeting with the people who are negotiating for us, as well as a few other prominent Australian politicians! Greg Hunt, the Australian Environment Minister, agreed to sign a declaration we made, saying that “We will do what it takes to ensure the survival of all countries and peoples.” We were pretty excited! But we disagreed with Hunt on a few things... especially on what he needs to do to fulfill that declaration. 

The Australian government needs to stop approving massive new coal mines. They need to do their bit in reducing global emissions by adopting fair emissions reductions targets, contributing more funding to climate finance and funding a fast and just transition from fossil fuels to renewables! Sign this call for world leaders to say no to all new coal mines.

We also bumped into Kevin Rudd, who promptly declared that AYCC and Seed were "working their butts off." Thanks K Rudd. 

2. Connecting with the youth climate movement!

We’ve met hundreds of incredible young people here, who are all fighting for climate justice all over the world. On Wednesday we met with Snaliah and Dizzanne from the Caribbean Youth Environment Network, who have been campaigning to limit global warming to under 1.5 degrees in order for the survival of their small island countries. Check out the website here: http://1point5.info/

We also had the chance to meet the lovely Aishath, a  young woman from the Maldives who is here to tell her story of experiencing the 2004 tsunami and facing ever increasing flooding, high tides and rainfall as a result of climate change. For her too, climate change threatens the survival of her entire country.

Paul had the chance to meet Crystal, an inspiring young Indigenous leader from the Tar Sands country who, like us, is fighting against fossil fuel expansion that destroys traditional lands and condemns all of our futures. 

Here we are standing as a group of young people from all around the world calling for a 1.5 degree limit!  

3. Taking action!

Over the week we’ve taken part in some awesome actions that have been keeping constant pressure on the negotiators to do what’s needed for the climate. Here’s a few pics of our favourites, including a "Survival = 1.5 degrees" action that we organised. 

Photo credit: John Englart

Photo credit: John Englart

Photo credit: John Englart

Photo credit: John Englart

Photo credit: John Englart

Photo credit: John Englart

The past week has shown us that however we are feeling about the negotiations and the climate, we should never doubt for one second that the climate movement is momentous, powerful and indeed, unstoppable. 

With hope, 

Maddie, Moira, Rachel, Paul and Jaden. 

P.S. Make sure you've signed this petition asking world leaders to rule out all new coal mines if they are at all serious about ensuring the survival of all countries and peoples.

 

Latest News

Wanting more from the Coalition on climate change this election
June 30, 2016

Wanting more from the Coalition on climate change this election

My name is Billy and I am a volunteer with the AYCC in Victoria. I first heard about the AYCC through a friend during a discussion we were having about potential volunteer opportunities. She recommended them highly, and with climate change being something I already had an interest in, I was soon signing my first petitions and then expressed an interest to volunteer.  

Polls show voters demand election action on global warming
May 16, 2016

Polls show voters demand election action on global warming

Environment groups representing more than 1.5 million Australians will be campaigning together this election in an unprecedented coordinated effort, calling for all candidates and parties to have strong policies to address global warming and transition to clean energy.

The race to the top is on!
April 27, 2016

The race to the top is on!

This morning the Labor Party announced its ‘Climate Change Action Plan’ in a significant step forward that puts the pressure on Malcolm Turnbull to tell us what he will do to transition Australia to 100% renewable power. Keep reading for a rundown of some of the key points and what they mean but first, here’s what you can do: