Imaginative World-Building: Youth on Environmental Peacebuilding

Nov 8, 2022

Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

The impacts of climate change increase the risk of violence and disproportionately affect under-resourced communities, making climate change a threat to peace and justice worldwide. However, local responses to climate change provide important opportunities for imaginative world-building. Environmental programs and grassroots initiatives driven by community-rooted youth leadership have proven to be powerful tools for building peace and resilience. This talk at COP27 on 8 November 2022 in the Children and Youth Pavilion (Blue Zone) highlights the active work of youth leaders in environmental peacebuilding around the world, featuring perspectives gathered from a coalition of over 90 youth leaders from over 40 unique countries. This TED-Style Talk was cosponsored by the Institute for Climate and Peace, The Environmental Peacebuilding Association Young Professionals Interest Group, MotumPeace on ClimateSomali Greenpeace Association, and Re-Imagining New Communities. A transcript is available on the ICP Medium Blog and we encourage you to watch the recording of the Ted Talk here.