At the Y, we believe young people always have and always will change the world for the better. In September 2019, thousands of Australians across over 100 locations took part in the School Strike for Climate, demanding stronger action on climate change. 

Young people led this action across hundreds of countries, taking part in some of the largest environmental protests in history. The science is clear, and concerned young people mobilised to send a message to government, businesses and the community about the need for immediate climate action.

Leading science including work by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change shows we have 12 years to try and limit a climate change catastrophe. Another UN report from IPBES shows that over a million species currently face extinction.

These are, rightly, major concerns for young people.

This very real ecological, economic and humanitarian crisis affects us all.

The Y stands for empowering young people and believes in their right to be heard on issues that affect them. That’s why we backed young people in being heard at the School Strike for Climate. 

We know that action speaks louder than words. To support young people being heard on climate change YMCA Victoria took a number of steps:

  • supporting the young people who chose to attend the rally;
  • surveying young people to gauge their level of climate change understanding, their commitment to making personal changes that will mitigate climate change and their expectations of local state, national and international leaders to address climate change mitigation;
  • utilising the information provided in the survey to increase the impact of YMCA Victoria programs;
  • promoting the views of young people by disseminating the survey results to the UN and all levels of government;
  • providing access to quality climate change information to assist young people in understanding climate change.

We continue to back young people in their fight for climate action. Because when young people are inspired, they are powerful.

Follow the conversation at #SchoolStrikeforClimate.

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