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Biodiversity Needs You(th): The Young Speak Up

When it comes to global environmental governance, challenges often seem too complex, making them impossible to overcome. Our development system, lifestyles and the mindset behind them, coupled with the interconnectedness between the many dimensions of human activities, create a hopeless context in which solutions are difficult to achieve. This is particularly true in biodiversity governance, which is intrinsically linked with poverty eradication, climate change, food security, health, urbanization, or energy.

From all species to ecosystems, oceans and landscapes, political decisions and indecisions impact the relationship with our environment. How can we bring together intergenerational equity, global solidarity and respect for nature? In 2020, at the 15th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, the world will negotiate a new global framework for Humanity to live in harmony with nature by 2050. Committed young leaders will bring hopes and ambitions for a more inclusive approach to environmental governance.

Youth puts the world in motion

Young people have often been associated with stereotypes and judgements: from fierce rebels, to naïve dreamers and alienated fools, but one thing remains: Youth is transformation. We seek wonderful possibilities for a future and while doing that we often question our past and present. Right now we are growing scared and frustrated about what have been presented as our future options by older generations, and we crave to earn a bigger role in shaping our future, in taking the lead to finally live within our planetary boundaries.

“…we feel excluded from the spaces where decisions are taken”.

The 21st century has seen the emergence of many youth movements advocating for urgent environmental actions. But we need to go beyond being simply heard. We need to be included in the dialogue, in decision-making, in mainstreaming a viable Earth — where we live in harmony with nature and ourselves. Youth is a creative force that, when empowered, will shape our common future and help us achieve the global deal for Nature and People.

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Bringing an intergenerational perspective at the Paris Peace Forum

The Paris Peace Forum will show that everyone, from world leaders to civil society is committed to finding solutions for a better future through international governance. This is where youth needs to be. Youth and environment movements are active and numerous — from the Global Youth Biodiversity Network to Youth for Climate, and many others, — and they can come together to define the future of our planet. This will be the start of an exciting journey, taking us to a Global Youth Forum for the Planet. We hope that this movement will bring to light the many intricate relations between Nature and all aspects of human life. By challenging prejudices and mobilizing all actors, we will find the path to leave a viable Earth to future generations.

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