Climate Action


November 17, 2017  |  

Education Day at COP23: Only 68 countries have climate change in the curricular!

Did you know that only 40% of the countries require climate education in the school curricular? School is supposed to prepare us for our future. Education in climate change and its solutions is a vital part of solving the crisis. Without an educated future generation, who will know what to do?

November 15, 2017  |  

Gender Day at COP23: Why UNFCCC needs a Gender Action Plan

Todays is Gender Day at COP23 on which we raise awareness of the inequality gap between the genders. You might ask yourself why gender is a question when it comes to building a sustainable climate and why we have to fight for it in the negotiations.

November 13, 2017  |  

Together we’re strong!

Climate activists from around the world are coming together at COP 23 Fiji! Everyone is a part of the negotiations, because together, we want to find solution for climate change. For me, a young climate activist, COP 23 an overwhelming experience. Being part of an international, global network and feeling the atmosphere of decampment to […] Read more…

November 13, 2017  |  

Let’s all step up for climate action!

Raising awareness of climate issues and change the mind of people around us is one important thing that we should do in our everyday life. This is my reflections after one week at COP23.

November 10, 2017  |  

Day 4 at COP 23: Action for Climate Empowerment

Empowering youth is the reason why the YMCA is here at the climate negotiations. We work together, not only to get a good agreement and result at the negotiations. It is just as much about getting inspired and motivated to go back home and continue the real task: Empowering our communities so we can make the change we need.

November 9, 2017  |  

Day 3 at COP 23: Climate Finance – a big, important, and problematic topic

Climate Finance concerns the money that (mainly the developed countries) should provide for the purpose of mitigating and adapting to climate change. In the Paris Agreement, the parties decided to provide 100 billion dollars each year by 2020. What may you ask about Climate Finance? This blogpost is about one of the big topics at this year’s conference.

November 8, 2017  |  

You are Exceptional!

A Blogpost by Anita Béguelin, Co-Leader WGCOP.  You know that you are exceptional. You are not mainstream. I am pretty sure, when you tell your friends back home about UNFCCC conferences, they don’t know what you are talking about. You are exceptions. But in the end, you should not be. Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of […] Read more…

November 8, 2017  |  

Day 2 at COP 23 Fiji- We need action

We need to keep our local communities healthy and vital – not only in terms of social inclusion and youth empowerment, but also by recognizing healthy surroundings and healthy environment as a human right. One the second day of COP23, the YMCA-RGE group has been active in advocating for the youth within environmental questions.

September 21, 2017  |  

Why you should apply to become part of World YMCAs delegation to COP 23 – a personal statement by Emma Hundertmark

My screen lights up with another message. I try to ignore it and focus on the speakers’ explanation of the graph and the complex questions that follows. I am in the heart of the high-level negotiations of the financial side of the Paris Agreement as one of few observers and I am really trying to […] Read more…

June 6, 2017  |  

America Still Cares and the YMCA can help

The Thursday June 1st decision by President Donald Trump to pull America out of the Paris Climate Agreement was a big shock – and not a big shock. Trump’s election mantra was ‘America First’ – and in the speech he made to accompany his Paris announcement, the message seemed clear that America was going to […] Read more…