The theme for World Environment Day, 5 June 2020 is biodiversity — a call to action to combat the accelerating species loss and degradation of the natural world.
Over 42 percent of the world's population is under the age of 25. This is a generation already scheduled to bear the maximum impacts of climate crisis and environmental degradation.
The world’s youth has inherited a planet where nature is increasingly over-exploited. While young people did not have a say in how humanity treats nature in the past, they have a voice now.
These are unprecedented times. And we need unprecedented actions.
Actions where young people will now lead the way.
If you are a youth or youth group wanting to organise an activity for WED 2020 - sign up above! We will be featuring activities here and some selected ones on UNEP platforms.
We would also support your plans, and connect you with partners in your country/region (including UN agencies). More information will be sent once you sign up. It is alright to sign-up even if you are still developing your ideas.
Also share with us your stories of success, work, action and community. Selected stories will be featured on UNEP MGCY social media channels!
VIRTUAL YOUTH ENVIRONMENT ASSEMBLY
3rd - 5th June 2020
A youth-led Virtual Youth Environment Assembly (YEA), will be convened from 3rd June - 5th June 2020, with the aim of mainstreaming diverse voices from youth movements in the environmental and climate agenda.
In the midst of the COVID- 19 pandemic, the YEA will provide space for children and youth to report on how young people are coping with COVID-19 and adjusting to the changed modalities of environmental action, especially as we head into a #BuildBackBetter phase.
This virtual conference will feature trainings for youth, sessions with High-Level guests, ministers, etc. and is open for ALL interested youth to participate. Each day will cater to a different time zone:
Day One 14.00-17.00 UTC | Day Two 12.00-15.00 UTC | Day Three 9.30-13.00 UTC
REGISTER NOW to avail your spot!
What activities can you(th) do?
WED 2020 mobilisation will be largely “digital” in nature.
We have put together a YOUTH TOOLKIT comprising examples of activities you can do - and how you can be engaged in the youth movement longer!
The activities can take place anytime during the “Activation Period” of WED: 22 May - 5 June 2020
Youth Action Stories
...more stories coming up soon!
Events! Find an event in your country or region!
WED Youth Task Force Member Organisations