Climate Week ends with a call for more youth committed to climate action
The European Union (EU) and its Member States concluded the Climate Diplomacy Week in Indonesia on Sunday (6/10) with progressive Indonesian youth sharing how they are showing leadership in tackling the climate emergency – and calling on others to match their ambition.
“The global youth movement for climate action is a sign of the growing awareness in our societies that climate change is a pressing reality today,” said the Charge d’Affaires a.i. of the EU Delegation to Indonesia, Charles-Michel Geurts. “During Climate Diplomacy Week, we saw great efforts and innovative climate-focused programmes already implemented on the ground. It is even more encouraging to learn that Indonesian youth is behind these movements and commitments,” added Mr Geurts.
The Climate Diplomacy Week 2019 – held from 23 September to 6 October – is themed "Youth and Climate Actions" as more and more young people are leading the way on climate change, making their voices heard, and demanding governments, companies and all of us to take actions.
During this year’s Climate Diplomacy Week, the EU presented 15 different activities in partnership with seven EU Member States’ embassies, a government ministry, 19 institutions, organisations and communities; as well as 12 opinion leaders and celebrities. These activities were organised around topics such as forest and ocean preservation, renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, responsible production and consumption, as well as smart urban planning. The events included a workshop, discussion forums, competitions and games, a cooking demo, a podcast show, a cartoon and illustration making, a clean-up day, a music show and a film screening.
“The EU wants to show its support to youth, as we share their concern regarding climate change and value their efforts in bringing awareness to such a worrying and pressing issue. We hope to see more sustainable youth community programmes taking place in Indonesia. We do not want these constructive collaborations to end and the positive vibes fade out. As a continuation to the Climate Diplomacy Week, we will retain our joint programmes under a campaign named Greenmix,” said Mr Geurts at the closing ceremony.
The closing ceremony was also graced by the Ambassador of Poland H.E. Beata Stoczynska and the Director of the Institut Français d’Indonesie Mr Stephane Dovert. Partners of the Climate Diplomacy Week also reflected on the last two weeks of activities and gave testimonies on their ambition as climate champions. They also demanded commitment and concrete actions from young people and the public to tackle the climate challenge head-on. The Rain – a popular Indonesian pop band – also gave a special performance by singing “Today for Our Tomorrow”, a song they exclusively created to be the theme song for EU-Indonesia Climate Diplomacy Week.
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