At the UK Youth Climate Coalition, we’re working together with young people across the world to inspire, empower, mobilise and unite them to take positive action on climate change – and create a future that is happy, affordable, clean and safe. We know we need to create this future by facilitating positive change on a number of different levels: from personal behaviour changes, to community actions, national policies, and international conferences.

At the end of this month, the UN hosts it’s 18th annual climate change summit – the Conference of the Parties (COP). This year’s conference, COP18, is taking place in Doha, Qatar – and UKYCC is sending seven young volunteers to join international youth climate campaigners to lobby for global action on climate change.

VIDEOLouisa and Camilla discuss what’s next after a UN climate change conference in May 2012

They’ll also be attending the 8th Conference of Youth (COY8) just before – a fabulous 3 day event designed to skill-up and strengthen the international youth climate movement!

Having sent delegations to UN climate summits since 2008, we know that these talks are a fantastic opportunity to engage UK youth with climate change – but that the UN talks can often seem alienating, and, for the most part, are not covered in a youth-friendly, inspiring way in the UK media – the acronym UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) isn’t exactly catchy!

That’s why this year, UKYCC will be facilitating a communications hotspot during the summit (November 23rd-December 7th), co-ordinated by Louisa and Cat in the UK, to inform and engage UK youth in the conversation around climate change and the UNFCCC process.

PODCAST: Listen to Louisa and Camilla, last year’s Hotspot co-ordinator, explain their ideas for the hotspot

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Through this hotspot, we’re aiming to:

  • engage UK youth with international climate issues by educating UK youth about international climate issues, and connecting young people in the UK to international youth
  • campaign to influence UK and EU decision-making on climate change by co-ordinating direct and digital actions to put pressure on decision makers via petitions, Twitter storms and photos of young people standing up for a clean, fair future
  • pressure decision makers directly by interpreting jargon-laden policies – enabling youth actions to be relevant and effective!
  • work effectively on rapid response communications with our coalition partners

Sound cool? Keep your eyes peeled on our Hotspot page where you can sign up for 4 email updates during the talks; follow us on Twitter (@ukyccdelegation) and share our daily Doha Dares through Facebook and Twitter to dare your friends to complete simple tasks every day during the summit that make sustainable living accessible and fun. 

You can also find out more about the history of UN climate talks and what’s on this year’s agenda with our Prezis – all you need is an internet connection and a big mug of tea!

Join us in making young people central to the conversation on climate change – at all levels.