Climate change is one of the key challenges that has united the countries around the globe. With impacts that affect everyone in the world, it is not a question for one group of society, but all living on the planet. According to the World Youth Report: Youth and Climate Change, addressing and adjusting to the changes of climate change is one of the “defining features of the future of today’s youth”.
The impacts of climate change are starkly visible in countries across the world. Extreme weather events such as floods, droughts, and storms, but also long-term processes such as sea level rise, increasing day- and nighttime temperatures, soil degradation, and salinization affect households, communities, and societies. Agriculture, water resources, fisheries, and forestry are among the most climate-vulnerable sectors, but all aspects of national and local economies are faced with their own sets of risks, liabilities, and transformations.
The Sustainable Development Goals comprising 17 goals with 169 targets for the years 2016-2030 are being debated on the extent to which it provides prominence to youth. The Open Working Group (OWG) of the General Assembly, comprising of 30 member states prepared the framework of the SDGs. They have recognized the fact that youth is one of the major groups that is central to the development of the SDGs that constitutes “The Major Groups” which are expected to facilitate the representation of all facets of society.
The world population of youth, within the ages of 10-24 amounts to1.8 billion in a world population of 7 billion people, as documented by the UNFPA state of world population 2014. The effect of the emergence of a large population of youth depends on the manner in which a government regards their youth, which could either be as a liability that demands more resources or as problem solvers and change agents of the future.
SLYCAN Trust conducted a Motivational Session on Health on the 28th of November at the #Youth4Youth symposium organized by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). The 4-day Youth4 Youth symposium held in Anuradhapura created a platform for youth participants from the Northern and North Western Provinces to engage with the public and private sector networks in order to promote youth participation in decision making and to build sustainable communities. The audience comprising of more than 100 youth participants equally represented both male and females.
Meatless Monday Sri Lanka initiated in 2015 and has since grown leaps and bounds with the expansion of its outreach both on a national and international scale. 2017 has been a great year for Meatless Monday Sri Lanka, with the project reaching out to various like-minded organisations in diverse collaborations and partnerships to organise various events and campaigns with the aim of promoting meatless and humane lifestyles in Sri Lanka.
As the world is increasingly recognizing the urgency of building resilient food systems, it is paramount to ensure that food system transition happens in a just and fair manner that includes everyone. This requires a holistic multi-actor approach globally, regionally, nationally, and locally, targeting not only policy and technological interventions but also changes in attitudes and sociocultural systems.
To commemorate International Youth Day on the 12th of August 2020, SLYCAN Trust organised an internal capacity-building webinar for the youth researchers within the organisation. Dinethra Rodrigo, Nipun Dias, Thimali Dharmakeerthi, Thilini Gunathilake, and Chalani Marasinghe spoke on topics related to climate change and the projects they work on, including education, gender, climate and disaster risk finance and insurance (CDRFI), agricultural insurance, ecosystem conservation, and the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement.
තාරුණ්යයේ මැදිහත්වීම ඔස්සේ ගෝලීය අභියෝගතාහදුනාගනිමින් ඊට සාර්ථක විසදුම් කරා ළගාවන දේශගුණ විපර්යාස පිළිබද තරුණ සංසදයේ දෙවැනිඅදියර කොළඹ ව්යාපාර කළමණාකරන පාසලේදී පසුගිය 29 වැනිදා පැවැත්විණි.පරිසර, බලශක්ති, සෞඛ්ය සහ දරිද්රතාව ඇතුළුගෝලීය අභියෝග ජයගැනීම සදහා තාරුණ්ය ඵලදායී ලෙස යොදා ගැනීම සහ ඊට අවශ්යය කාර්යක්ෂමහැකියාවන් වැඩිදියුණු කිරීමේ අරමුණ ඇතිව මෙම සැසිය ස්ලැයිකැන් භාරය සංවිධානය කර තිබිණි.
Youth engagement in developing solutions to address global challenges is a vital component in achieving success. Addressing this need, stage II of the Youth Forum on Climate Change focused on providing capacity building and support on how youth could effectively engage in developing solutions to global challenges such as environment, energy, education, poverty, health.
As part of SLYCAN Trust’s research on climate and disaster risk and risk transfer in Sri Lanka, our team engages with primary food producers and farming communities to understand how climate change impacts their livelihoods and how they manage climate risks. These insights are documented in a series of video interviews with farmers in the Sri Lankan dry zone districts of Anuradhapura and Trincomalee, in an attempt to share their realities with a wider audience and amplify their voices.
Youth is considered an integral stakeholder in the move towards sustainable development and achieving emission reduction targets set in the Paris Agreement on climate change. Recognising the importance of youth in addressing climate change, YOUNGO which is the official youth constituency of the UNFCCC comprising youth NGOs and local youth organizations working on climate change, organizes the Conference of Youth (COY) which takes place before the annual Conference of Parties (COP) organized by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Since COP11 in Montreal in 2005, COY has gathered ahead of the Conference of Parties