Adapt for our Future: Youth and Climate Change Adaptation

The world is witnessing one of the largest climate protests in its history, sparked by the determination of a 16-year-old and resonating across 160 countries through the efforts of children and young people. While youth populations – including children – are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, they also have the potential to contribute to climate change adaptation measures when they are empowered to become agents of change. Undertaken from an exploratory research perspective, this paper is informed by background literature reviews and empirical information. Evidence was collected through on-ground consultations (workshops) performed by youthled entities in Argentina, Canada, the Dominican Republic, Ghana, Haiti, India, Kenya, and Malaysia, as well as online surveys and expert interviews. The objective of this report is to highlight the importance of working with young people in a collective effort to adapt to climate change.

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