The Federal Environment Ministry wants to involve young people in the discussions of the UN Climate Change Conference COP 23 and therefore organised climate talks at schools in the Bonn area. For it is the young people of today who will particularly feel the effects of climate change.
COP 23 negotiators and climate action experts therefore visited 12 school classes in the Bonn area to discuss climate policy, climate change and climate action. A young climate activist also always participated in the discussions.
The experts reported on their work and COP 23 at these meetings. However, questions from the students and their points of view regarding climate change were at the focus of discussions. The aim was to trigger a change of perspective and to improve mutual understanding.
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The main intention was to make the voice of the younger generation heard at the climate conference. Therefore Mary Awad of the Lebanese environment ministry, youth delegate and influencer Jana Stingl, students Niusha Khalafi and Finn Rübo (who had also participated in the climate talks at Bonn schools) met with President Hilde Heine of the Marshall Islands and Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks at the German Pavilion of COP 23 on 13 November. The Minister also answered questions which had been raised by students during the climate talks in Bonn schools.
Following the event Federal Minister Hendricks commented on her impressions, saying: “Young people have a particular right to speak their minds on climate change, as future generations will be especially affected by it. Therefore I am glad that the young people were involved in the discussions of the UN Climate Change Conference last week and had direct contact to people participating in the negotiations. The young people and I discussed their views of climate change in a side event today and it was obvious that they know exactly what the key problems are. They expressed their expectations concerning ambitious climate policy unambiguously.
At the same time, the commitment and ideas of these young people make me optimistic that acting together we will tackle the difficult tasks of effective climate action successfully. I would like to thank in particular President Hilda Heine of the Marshall Islands. She participated in the discussions and described very clearly how the effects of climate change are already threatening the livelihoods of her people today."