As part of the UN Climate Talks in Bonn (COP23) we are collecting cards from young people across the UK to take with us to the climate change talks, to the UK negotiation team who are part of negotiating our Climate’s future. Every day, we will deliver the postcards to the UK negotiating team along with a daily to-do list.

If you want us to take your voice with us to the negotiators and the decision makers of the world, then join in our Cards for the Climate campaign at http://ukycc.org/cards-for-the-climate  by writing your demands for the climate change talks or why you care about climate change on a postcard, take a picture of it and  and we’ll take all postcards with us! ‪#‎Cards4theClimate @ukyccdelegation

If you are not creatively minded, send us your thoughts below and we’ll make sure it gets to the UK Negotiation team. 

 

Cards so Far…

Don’t think that this is just your job, or that you are doing you’re already doing your best to help the climate talks. Listen to the frontline communities and take real action by shouting for 1.5 degree maximum and demanding indigenous guard are able to continue to live on, guard and protect their land. You have been negotiating ever since I was born in 1994 and you’re still here. Radical Immediate Action is needed” – Annie, 23yrs old, UKYCC

Ask yourself: why am I here? How did I get here? You have the power to influence the future for generations to come, not to mention your own. I know how salient economic pressures can be, and sometimes it may seem like room for manoeuvre is limited. But I trust that you’re here for the right reasons, and that over the course of negotiations, you will hold the moral and social costs of climate policy far above the financial, and use your position to vouch for those less fortunate than you, not only within the UK but for the communities in countries who contribute the least and feel the worst effects first. At the absolute minimum, you should be walking away having agreed on a fit for purpose conflict-of-interest policy, and closed off the roads that Corporate Accountability’s report shows corporate interests are using to influence negotiations. Go build us a clean, compassionate future!” – Jordan, 24 years old, UKYCC

Do you ever wonder if there is something bigger than all of this? Something bigger than politics, economics, and humanity. Well there is. It is the beautiful Earth that we call home, and we are destroying it. We are being tested, and we aren’t rising to the challenge. Combatting climate change means questioning the fundamentals of development, challenging our inabilities to look past economic growth, and actually prioritising our physical, mental, and spiritual health. I am asking you to be braver, and bolder in this fight. Don’t be afraid to say no to compromise and say yes to positive innovation!” – Eilidh, 22 years old, UKYCC  

When people are asked to think of a traditional postcard, the ‘classic’ pacific island may come to mind, palm trees drooping, with ‘wish you were here!’ emblazoned over the front. But those places will not be around in the near future if we continue to recklessly burn fossil fuels. Not that I’m afraid for the postcard industry. I’m not afraid for myself either, I’m afraid for the millions of livelihoods already being affected by climate change, and for whose homes will disappear if we don’t commit ourselves to a 1.5 degree world.

There are a lot people out there depending on countries such as the UK with huge emissions and significant historical responsibility to step up much needed ambition in this collective struggle we find ourselves in. I hear all the stories about people being worried about climate change but not knowing how to act, feeling disempowered and insignificant. Well, on our behalf you, as our official negotiators, can act. It is more important than ever that you do. That you raise the ambition, accelerate the finance flows, commit to loss and damage mechanisms, support and nurture the right technologies, and more importantly, change the narrative. Climate change is an issue of justice, for those being far more affected by our actions, and it is time it was treated as that. The first minister of Scotland has recognised this, I urge you to feel the immediacy of the issue and do the same.” – Mark, 24 years old, UKYCC

Combatting climate change is imperative for a better world. We cannot continue to ignore the disastrous levels air pollution reaches in London, We cannot continue to ignore the increase in typhoons and storms due to the warmer weather and oceans. We cannot continue to ignore the increase in drought season prohibiting people from making a harvest and maintaining a livelihood. Combatting climate is of course about seeing the effects of the substantial increase in global temperature the world has uas undergone in the last 250 years. Combatting climate change is about recognising it as a holistic and intersectional issue that encompasses race, class, gender etc. Combatting climate change is figuring out why islands in the south pacific are dangerously close to disappearing under the sea, yet we do not hear about this? Combatting climate change.in the UK should be about uplifting and amplifying these voices e.g. those of the South Pacific and giving them a seat at the table to be heard. We in the UK need to continue to use our power and agency to get behind Climate change negotiations and legislations and continue to work towards a clean, greener and 1.5 degree world.” – Simmone,  20 years old, UKYCC