Youth band together to demand leaders take action #ForNature

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Scientific and economic studies estimate that 75 per cent of the land, 66 per cent of oceans, and 85 per cent of wetlands have been negatively altered by human activity. While a new WWF report finds a 68 per cent decline in species population sizes since 1970.

Youth realise that this is the world they will inherit. A recent survey of millennials — 30,000 individuals under the age of 30 from 186 countries — found that climate change and the destruction of nature were the most critical issues for them.

The Climate Cardinals, an international non-profit led by the youngest member of the Secretary General’s Youth Advisory Group on Climate, Sophia Kianni, is working to translate climate change research and information. It will make the Manifesto and Letter available in multiple languages so that they can reach as many young people and leaders as possible and enable the effort to be the most widely distributed petition on planetary health for human wellbeing.

“In order for youth from around the world to come together #ForNature, it is crucial for biodiversity information to be available in a plethora of different languages,” said Kianni.

The Youth #forNature initiative aims to rouse greater commitment from global leaders in the run up to several global conferences including the UN General Assembly Biodiversity Summit on the 30th of September 2020 and the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA)-5 in February 2021. The group has the support of its group of “elders” from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

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