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Congratulations to TUNZA!

Posted on: August 22, 2009

350tunzaCongratulations to the organizers and participants of the TUNZA conference in the Republic of Korea! The conference brought together youth from all over Asia and around the world to talk about how to take action and “seal the deal” at the Copenhagen climate conference this December.

350.org was there and the number 350 was on everyone’s minds. Take a look at the great photo of youth from the conference with a banner they made with 350.org arts ambassador, Kevin Buckland.

Here’s a description of the conference from UNEP . . .

Young people from around the globe today called on world leaders to take radical measures against climate change.

At the largest-ever truly global youth gathering on climate change, some 700 young people, ranging from 10 to 24 years of age, honed in on their governments’ track record in addressing climate change, emphasizing the need for strong vision and leadership.

In a statement, the young delegates – representing three billion of the world’s population – expressed their “concern and frustration that their governments are not doing enough to combat climate change”, adding that “we now need more actions and less talking”.

The declaration was finalized and adopted by the young participants at the Tunza Children and Youth Conference in Daejeon (Republic of Korea), as part of the global UN-wide ‘Seal the Deal!’ campaign spearheaded by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to galvanize political will and public support for a comprehensive global climate agreement.

“It is very important to include the voice of children and youth in every environmental decision. It is our request to all politicians that they please take this statement into consideration in Copenhagen,” said 13-year-old Yugratna Srivastava from India.

The children and youth also addressed the citizens of the planet and urged them to push their governments to create a global green economy. Other recommendations included a call to pressure businesses, producers and governments to promote environmentally friendly products and eco-labeling policies.

“We are the generation of tomorrow. The decisions that are made today will define our future and the world we have to live in. So we young people of the world urge governments to commit to a strong post-Kyoto climate regime. It is our lives we are talking about,” said youth delegate, 23-year-old Anne Walraven from the Netherlands.

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