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We are an asso­ci­a­tion of young peo­ple who are com­mit­ted to ambi­tious and sus­tain­able cli­mate pro­tec­tion with the aim of pre­serv­ing a world worth liv­ing for present and future gen­er­a­tions. For us, four aspects are fun­da­men­tal to this.

  1. Our goal is cli­mate jus­tice in the inter­gen­er­a­tional and glob­al sense. This means that we are com­mit­ted to a liv­able world for the peo­ple who have caused the least of cli­mate change and who are and will be most exposed to the con­se­quences: peo­ple of future gen­er­a­tions and peo­ple from the glob­al south.
  2. In our work, we focus on youth. Young peo­ple under 30 make up 50% of the world’s pop­u­la­tion, but only a frac­tion of inter­na­tion­al polit­i­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tives are under 30 years of age.
  3. It is also impor­tant for us to take the Glob­al Big Pic­ture, i.e. to take a glob­al per­spec­tive, to rep­re­sent it and to remem­ber it. The cli­mate cri­sis does not stop at nation­al bor­ders. Unlike nation­al­ism and pro­tec­tion­ism, we are com­mit­ted to glob­al coop­er­a­tion between dif­fer­ent actors. Net­work­ing and going hand in hand with part­ners world­wide is of great impor­tance to us. We always see the cli­mate cri­sis and the glob­al cli­mate move­ment in all its com­plex­i­ty and diversity.
  4. Last but not least, sci­ence is non-nego­tiable. The lat­est sci­en­tif­ic find­ings are fun­da­men­tal to our work. We are not only build­ing our work on the basis of these find­ings, but we are also con­demn­ing the increas­ing decou­pling of polit­i­cal deci­sions from sci­en­tif­ic facts.

Our work nation­al­ly and inter­na­tion­al­ly
As a cli­mate del­e­ga­tion, we see our­selves as a hinge between the demands of the street and the process­es of pol­i­tics in order to obtain per­ma­nent effec­tive mea­sures and struc­tures. In doing so, we sup­ple­ment the debate with a glob­al per­spec­tive and, among oth­er things, call for Germany’s glob­al responsibility.

The cen­tral part of our asso­ci­a­tion is there­fore the work at inter­na­tion­al lev­el. At the cli­mate con­fer­ences of the Unit­ed Nations Frame­work Con­ven­tion on Cli­mate Change (UNFCCC), the so called Con­fer­ence of the Par­ties (COP), and the cor­re­spond­ing inter­im nego­ti­a­tions (SBs), we car­ry the voice of young peo­ple into the nego­ti­at­ing rooms year after year. In 2008 we were present for the first time as a youth del­e­ga­tion at a COP in Poz­nan, Poland. Since then, we have acquired sev­er­al years of exper­tise and expe­ri­ence in the field of inter­na­tion­al cli­mate pol­i­cy. Every year, some of our mem­bers go to the cli­mate con­fer­ences and inter­im nego­ti­a­tions of the UNFCCC (more on this here).

But we are also active beyond the nego­ti­a­tions. We work on projects (more on this here), estab­lish con­tacts with deci­sion-mak­ers and deci­sion-mak­ers, net­work with oth­er youth and cli­mate organ­i­sa­tions and oth­er stake­hold­ers. Much of our work is done online. Our mem­bers are spread all over Ger­many. That’s why we use dig­i­tal plat­forms to coor­di­nate our col­lab­o­ra­tion. Twice a month, all mem­bers meet for video­con­fer­ence. A five-mem­ber board of direc­tors keeps track.