This intergenerational dialogue aims to connect youth networks, climate experts, youth climate activists, and environmental change makers from across the globe to talk about how locally-led adaptation plays a vital role in tackling climate change.
Globally, people & communities on the frontlines of climate change are often the most active and innovative in developing adaptation solutions. Yet, too often, they lack access to the resources and decision-making power needed to implement them effectively. This dialogue aims to identify how universities, research organizations and civil society groups can support and leverage the innovation and creativity of people and communities to develop solutions based on their own local knowledge and experiences of climate change impacts. Inclusive and participatory approaches, called ‘locally-led adaptation’, can ensure that climate adaptation initiatives become more equitable, effective, and accountable to communities.
Among all stakeholders, youth worldwide will have to play an important role in leading this pathway where inclusion, participation and equity will create a more holistic approach in climate change adaptation. Educational and research institutions influence the minds of young environmentalists, by helping the next generation to harness traditional knowledge, local conservation & nature-based solutions to build a more resilient future. Giving our youth the right kinds of platforms is an integral part of universities and research centers so they can voice their ideas, share their experiences, and create meaningful partnerships (both nationally & internationally).
This dialogue will help identify common adaptation issues among different countries, where youth can make a difference, and how the GCA Youth Adaptation Network can help accelerate adaptation action.