Climate crisis: Save the Children supports climate activists with workshop at One Young World Summit – World


The recent devastating floods in Europe, India and China, and heat waves in North America illustrate the accelerating climate crisis that directly threatens at least 710 million children worldwide, Save said today. the Children.

In this context, Save the Children is stepping up its work to support and protect the children and young people most affected by the climate crisis, including by joining this year’s international congress of young leaders, the One Young World Summit in Munich.

The children’s rights organization will offer a campaign workshop on July 25 that aims to give young people the tools to make their voices heard on the climate crisis. Participants include Lali Fernando Riasco1, a young activist from Colombia and protagonist of Save the Children’s centenary project “I Am Alive”.

Young activists – such as Greta Thunberg and others – have taken the lead in climate activism in recent years, seeking to influence policies, politicians and processes, such as the legal action before the European Court of Human Rights. Save the Children welcomes these activities but also recognizes that the voices of children in the Global South have so far been under-represented.

The workshop will teach participants how to bring diversity and authenticity to climate campaigns. Save the Children has already successfully implemented this in its ‘Red Alert’ climate campaign in 11 Asian countries, which gave children and young people the opportunity to make their voices heard for climate action and to share their concerns. experiences of the climate crisis and increasingly erratic weather events. like droughts, fires and floods. All of these threaten children’s rights to food, health, protection and education.

The workshop is moderated by Daphnée Cook (Regional Media Manager, Save the Children East and South Africa), Malama Mwila (Communications and Campaigns Manager, Save the Children Zambia), Yasmin Macé (Global Campaigns Content Producer, Save the Children International) and Martina Dase, communications director of Save the Children in Germany.

Ms Dase explained:

“We are on red alert. The unprecedented flooding in Germany and other European countries shows that no one is immune to the effects of the climate crisis. It is the greatest threat of our time, and it hits children the hardest because they will have to live with the consequences. “

The young Colombian José David Riasco is vaccinated and will travel to Munich. He can already see the effect of the climate crisis on his doorstep. The Guapi River in his home in the Colombian province of Cauca is contaminated with garbage and sewage. The polluted water endangers the agriculture and the health of the inhabitants while the floods threaten to destroy his village.

Lali Fernando Riasco, Colombian activist:

“It is a big problem that the climate crisis is not yet perceived as a threat enough. I think we will see the consequences in the near future. That is why I help children in marginalized regions realize and use their own potential for climate protection. “

Martina Dase adds:

“We need to directly involve children in political decisions, children need to have a say in their future, especially those growing up directly on the front lines of the climate crisis. This is exactly the subject of our workshop. We are looking for creative ways to give these kids a platform. The One Young World Summit 2021 climate workshop is just the start of a series of activities in preparation for the COP26 meeting in Glasgow.

Lali Fernando Riasco has been involved in climate action and peacebuilding in Colombia for five years and is now part of the leadership of a network of young activists, including Save the Children and Fundación Compaz. Its story is told in the photo book ‘I Am Alive’by Save the Children, which features 11 people who lived through war as children and have hope for the future. It was published by Kerber Verlag in the fall of 2020.

This year’s One Young World Summit will take place in Munich from July 22-25. Over 1,800 youth delegates from over 190 countries will discuss political, social and economic issues in person and digitally with celebrity guests. In previous years, One Young World Summit guests included Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle, British actress Emma Watson, Bangladeshi social entrepreneur Muhammad Yunus, former US goalkeeper Hope Solo and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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Information on the “I Am Alive” project:

1* In the century-long book “I Am Alive – How Children Survived a Century of War”, Lali Fernando Riasco is represented under the pseudonym José David Ríos, since he was still a minor at the time of writing . *

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Save the Children Deutschland eV

Press office – Claudia Kepp

Phone. : +49 (30) 27 59 59 79 – 280

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