Raising Latin American and Carribean Youth Voices

Build­ing Bridges for Cli­mate Action (BB4CA) aims to pro­vide a start­ing point for a par­a­digm shift to strength­en the cli­mate move­ment across the globe by putting under­rep­re­sent­ed groups in the spot­light. 25 unique young cli­mate experts from Latin Amer­i­ca and Caribbean (LAC) Region will come togeth­er for a 5‑week long vir­tu­al pro­gramme to share their knowl­edge, sto­ries, expe­ri­ences, exper­tise and real­i­ties of the unfold­ing cli­mate cri­sis. They will raise their con­cerns regard­ing the cur­rent impacts of cli­mate change affect­ing front-line com­mu­ni­ties and the expect­ed impacts on young and future gen­er­a­tions. They will explain their demands and dis­cuss and exchange approach­es to cli­mate action in polit­i­cal, eco­nom­ic, sci­en­tif­ic and civ­il places of pow­er in Germany.

 BB4CA is joint­ly orga­nized by young vol­un­teers from Latin Amer­i­ca, the Car­ribean and Europe. The project is finan­cial­ly sup­port­ed by the Fed­er­al Min­istry for the Envi­ron­ment, Nature Con­ser­va­tion and Nuclear Safe­ty and it is legal­ly car­ried by the Ger­man Youth NGO Kli­madel­e­ga­tion e.V.

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What is the project about?

The cli­mate cri­sis is an urgent issue that needs to be addressed glob­al­ly. Youth around the world per­sis­tent­ly lead and par­tic­i­pate in a mul­ti­tude of cli­mate ini­tia­tives, advo­ca­cy and research activ­i­ties and activism at all lev­els. In their work they face var­i­ous chal­lenges which high­ly depend on their sur­round­ings and cir­cum­stances, such as their ori­gin or eth­nic­i­ty, their socio-eco­nom­ic back­ground and oth­er factors.

Despite the fact that the cli­mate move­ment is a glob­al one, some voic­es, espe­cial­ly those of youth liv­ing in the Glob­al South, young peo­ple of col­or and indige­nous youth are under­rep­re­sent­ed in the main­stream dis­course and media reports about the cli­mate cri­sis and inter­na­tion­al cli­mate politics.

Yet they are the ones in the front­line fac­ing the cli­mate impacts. They pos­sess the great­est expe­ri­ence and knowl­edge on what is hap­pen­ing and what needs to be done. There is an urgent need to devel­op a true con­scious­ness for the vast­ly dif­fer­ing real­i­ties of young peo­ple on oppo­site sides of the Atlantic. The fact that the UN Cli­mate Con­fer­ence has been tak­ing place on the Euro­pean Con­ti­nent three times in a row makes an equal rep­re­sen­ta­tion of key actors from the most vul­ner­a­ble areas to the cli­mate cri­sis even more dif­fi­cult.

What is the aim?

The 25 young cli­mate experts from the LAC region will con­duct a 7‑week long online pro­gramme dur­ing which the group will work togeth­er to pre­pare for their vir­tu­al cli­mate jour­ney and fur­ther devel­op their knowl­edge and skills and pre­pare their project out­puts. Fol­low­ing they will be under­tak­ing a 5‑week long mul­ti­fac­eted vir­tu­al programme.

In this, BB4CA aims to fur­ther build and strength­en bridges between Latin Amer­i­ca, the Caribbean Region and Europe for accel­er­at­ed aware­ness and empow­er­ment and to cre­ate a momen­tum for ambi­tious, youth cen­tered glob­al cli­mate action. It aims to ampli­fy the voic­es, espe­cial­ly of those youth liv­ing in the glob­al south, young peo­ple of col­or and indige­nous youth who are until now still  under­rep­re­sent­ed in the main­stream dis­course and media reports about the cli­mate cri­sis and inter­na­tion­al cli­mate pol­i­cy. BB4CA is deter­mined to con­tribute to a par­a­digm shift in mak­ing the exper­tise, per­spec­tives and expe­ri­ences of those vis­i­ble who have been dis­re­gard­ed in the cli­mate move­ment in the Glob­al North for too long. The project aims to send out a sign of uni­ty, empow­er­ment and glob­al part­ner­ship to reach the Paris Goals. 

BB4CA aims for a momen­tum of glob­al coop­er­a­tion and com­mit­ment for cli­mate action which is des­per­ate­ly need­ed: the inter­na­tion­al cli­mate pol­i­cy process­es have been post­poned and all eyes are on Ger­many and  the EU to lead the ambi­tion rais­ing process dur­ing the Ger­man EU Coun­cil Pres­i­den­cy and globally.

Last but not least, the project empha­sizes the impor­tance of unit­ing actions with­in the Latin Amer­i­can and Caribbean region. We believe com­ing togeth­er glob­al­ly and local­ly is nec­es­sary for suc­cess­ful cli­mate action.

I am thankful for the oportunity to participate.

My hope for BB4CA is that my sto­ry will be heard. I hope to learn from stake­hold­ers from oth­er parts of the world and put this into prac­tice in Hon­duras to inspire youth to take action.
Daniela Lar­ios
26 years old, Honduras

A lot of of bridges will definitly be built!

I hope that indeed through this project a lot of bridges will be built!
Being from one of the small­est caribbean islands, I know how impor­tant this trip is and how much it can pos­i­tive­ly affect my coun­try if I start a con­nec­tion of Montser­rat and Ger­many for ambi­tious cli­mate action. I can’t wait to get to work and speak to Ger­man deci­sion makers!
Ash­neil Jeffers
22 years old, Montserrat

We will make a new step with BB4CA!

This new step we are tak­ing with BB4CA, link­ing mul­ti­ple stake­hold­ers as allies, will be deci­sive in the indige­nous strug­gle for the defense of land and iden­ti­ty. In recent months I have seen the impact that the for­ma­tion of a sol­id inter­dis­ci­pli­nary team has had, the impor­tance of an inter­na­tion­al plat­form to make local prob­lems vis­i­ble. It will be a con­quest for many of us who are repli­ca­tors of leadership.
Vivi Vil­lafaña
22 years old, Colômbia

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