The Youth Empowerment in Climate Action Platform (YECAP) collaborated with EarthDay.Org to organize the Road to Stockholm+50: Brown Bag Session on Investing in Our Planet
On 11 May 2022, the Youth Empowerment in Climate Action Platform (YECAP) held the virtual Road to Stockholm+50: Brown Bag Session on Investing in Our Planet in collaboration with EarthDay.Org.
The session was able to convene more than 60 youth from across Asia and the Pacific to listen to YECAP Fellows' voices about their experience in the climate field as a part of the Fellowship journey; connect with young climate leaders from the Asia-Pacific region; engage in meaningful conversations with young environmental human rights activists; understand the global climate change reality that affects and threatens the futures of youth; and explore how young people can be involved in the global, regional or local initiatives and negotiations.
Inspired by Earth Day 2022 theme, "Invest in Our Planet" and facilitated by Miya Redfrog, YECAP Fellow, Mover Ambassador, #Learningplanet Youth Fellow and Youth4pnw from India, this Road to Stockholm+50 Brown Bag Session was one of the key activities in the lead-up to the Stockholm+50 global meeting on 2-3 June 2022.
The event began with a sharing session by Imran Hamid Sabir, YECAP Fellow and Mover Ambassador on how the YECAP Community envisions to address climate challenges.
Then Zuhair Ahmed Kowshik, Manager of EarthDay.Org Bangladesh kicked off his inspirational talk on how we can engage youth in climate action and environmental governance.
The talk was followed by a panel discussion by 3 youth panelists, Maria Pellosis, Primary School Teacher, Footprints International School Phnom Penh, Mover Ambassador and Ambassador of SDSN's Global School Program; Yumna M. Usmani, National Coordinator, Movers Programme Pakistan; and Christopher Klein Asinas, Co-creator of SUSTAINARUMBLE! Podcast. The panel discussion was moderated by Lorenzo Sablay, YECAP Consultant, UNDP from the Philippines.
Finally, Saumya Surbhi, Youth Environmental Human Rights Defenders Protection Coordinator, UNDP shared some insights about the upcoming Asia Regional Dialogue on Climate Justice for Children, Youth and Future Generations on 28-30 May to prepare the participants for what to anticipate during the regional dialogue while also updating everyone on the climate justice country consultations that happened in April.
Last but not least, the brown bag session ended with closing remarks from Savinda Ranathunga, our Regional Youth Programme Manager, UNDP.
To learn more about the Asia Regional Dialogue on Climate Justice for Children, Youth and Future Generations, please visit: https://bangkok.ohchr.org/adcj2022/