In August the UN issued a ‘code red for humanity’. Many people are asking — what can I do about climate change?...

The latest report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) made for grim reading. It confirmed what many feared — that human activity is changing the Earth in “unprecedented” ways, and that a climate disaster would unfold without radical action to curb emissions. The report’s authors described the findings as “a code red for humanity.” 

That was the bad news. The good news is there is still time to act to keep warming to 1.5 Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Such a rise in temperature would not stop extreme weather events from becoming more severe and more common. But it would ensure that Earth is mostly habitable. 

Radical action — the kind we’ve seen from governments during the pandemic — is urgently required. Politicians, many of whom are still approving fossil fuel projects, are being urged to change course and introduce radical legislation to slash emissions.

Ordinary people can also do their bit to mitigate warming. This information has been taken from an article published by Positive News - see the full article for 14 things you can do to shrink your carbon footprint, hold polluters to account and save yourself from climate despair. 

'Climate change is here. As its impact intensifies over time, it is the children and young people of today who will face the worst effects.

But far from being passive victims, young people all over the world have begun to fight back on a scale never seen before. Take Greta Thunberg. In 2018, the 15-year-old from Sweden sparked a global movement of school-age students demanding greater action from governments to fight climate change. Now millions are marching to demonstrate their support.

Whether through education, technology, science or law ─ young people far and wide are tapping into their skills to speak up for climate action'.

(Taken from UNICEF website Youth For Climate Action 'Elevating the voices of young people to protect the future of our planet').

UNICEF is committed to helping young people take action to protect the future of our planet. We do this by raising youth voices on the climate crisis and by increasing youth participation to address climate change.

If you are a young person living in London UK and want to get involved in positive action to protect your future read on...

The Eco Tottenham Collective (ETC) is looking for volunteers to join the Youth Green-bassadors programme. ⠀

The programme aims to engage young people to develop a series of Eco and climate change themed activities; events and campaigns.

The UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 31 October – 12 November 2021.

In the COP26, the UN climate change summit agenda. ⠀

The programme will be youth-centred where they would actively take part in the planning; developing; delivering and evaluating the programme. ⠀

ETC welcomes young people with a range of experience. Ideally, those involved will already have experience of volunteering, designing projects, taking part in campaigns or representing young people e.g. school councils or clubs. ⠀

Young people have the opportunity to meet people from diverse backgrounds and take part in various training opportunities, meetings and practical experience on green site. ⠀

Period: 13 September and 30 October. ⠀
Time: Minimum 4 hours to 16 hours a week. ⠀
Locations: Green sites and community venues in Haringey. ⠀
Age limits: 14 years old onwards (those between aged 14 and 17 needs guardian consent).

Please express your interest or forward your query by 19 September 2021 via email to info@ecotc.org or call 079 3274 5079.

It's also worth checking out The Global Youth Awards for inspiration and to make nominations for Youth Projects which are helping to combat environmental issues around the world.