UK Youth Climate Coalition

'If Greta Can Do It So Can We' — School Strikers Call on Government to Declare Climate Emergency

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School Striker

When needed, teenagers will climb on literally anything - traffic lights, bus tops, statues - so that they can be heard.

They need to start listening and stop hiding their heads in the smog,” one of the young protestors at the Youth Strike 4 Climate in London’s Parliament Square said of world leaders - one of over 50 protests in towns and cities across the UK today.

Comment: Young Brits are Ready to Fight for a Fracking Ban

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Youth climate campaigners

By Katja Garson, UK Youth Climate Coalition Campaigner

Not here, not anywhere’. The central slogan of the anti-fracking movement is a call to arms, a celebration of community within and across borders, and a direct challenge to fracking companies and the Governments that support their nefarious activities - including the UK Government.

I am a member of the UK Youth Climate Coalition, a UK-wide network of young people who campaign for action, ambition and accountability on the issue of climate change. This past weekend, UKYCC ended their call for people around the UK to add their names to a letter addressed to Energy Minister Claire Perry.

UK Youth Delegation Meet Climate Minister Nick Hurd Worried Urgency to Act is Fading

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Uk Youth Climate Coalition delegates meet climate minister Nick Hurd at COP22 in Marrakech

In this guest post, UK Youth Climate Coalition (UKYCC) delegate and journalist Chloe Farand gives the inside story of the group’s meeting with UK climate change minister, Nick Hurd. This is an edited version of a blog post that appears on the UKYCC's website.

No-one expected miracles from the climate talks in Marrakesh but we were told this year’s COP would be one of action. Instead, it has been one of frustration with little progress being made.

On the same day that the UK became the 111th country to ratify the Paris Agreement, the UK Youth Climate Coalition was lucky to meet with climate change minister Nick Hurd for an informal chat about what matters to young people in the UK.

The talks in Marrakesh kick-started the process of implementing the Paris Agreement, which came into force earlier this year.

Young people from around the world - including the UK - came to Marrakesh to see countries starting to deliver on their promises to make the Paris deal a reality. But the sense of urgency, which gathered momentum in the French capital seems to have faded.

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