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International Youth Day Climate Action Events

Every year, ICS marks International Youth Day (IYD) with a series of global events that empower young people to be active citizens on the issues that they care about.

Climate change, for many, is the defining crisis of our time, with all corners of the globe suffering the consequences of climate change. This year, ICS volunteers have decided to focus on climate action – recognising that young people play an important role in taking urgent action to tackle climate change and build a sustainable world for everyone.

Due to COVID-19, the events will be held online. Designed and led by 12 young people on the UK National Youth Engagement Network’s Core Committee, we’ll bring young people together to explore climate issues, develop new skills, expand their networks, and challenge the problem.

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Event details

Event 1: Youth climate action solidarity call

Thursday 6 August (Time TBC)

Join other young people from around the world to learn how the climate crisis is affecting them, hear inspiring stories from young people who are finding creative solutions to tackle the crisis and explore opportunities for global collective action. If you have something to say on this or just want to hear from others, sign up below.

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Event 2: Climate hackathon (UK based volunteers only)

Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 August 10:00-12:30 BST

Young people have the collective power to make positive change and find creative solutions to many of the world’s problems. Come together with up to 50 other young people, ICS staff and climate professionals for a 2-day online climate workshop - use your unique skills, knowledge and voice, as a young person, to collectively tackle the climate crisis! Come up with innovative ideas and direct actions, in a short space of time, to transform our UK society towards a climate resilient future.

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Event 3: Campaigning training (UK based volunteers only)

Tuesday 11 August 6:00pm-8:00pm BST

We want to empower young people to take climate action, by providing them with the right knowledge, tools and resources, to do this. We are running 2 skills development sessions, the first on ‘how to campaign effectively.’ Campaigning is critical to influencing change and a young person’s ability to influence friends, communities and decision makers, on an issue that they are passionate about, is powerful and an important element in encouraging collective action.

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Event 4: Training session (Name TBC) (UK based volunteers only)

Wednesday 12 August 6:00pm-8:00pm BST

Join the second of our skills development sessions, providing young people with the right knowledge, tools and resources, to take climate action. All of our events are designed and led by young people and we’ll be asking our network of young people what skills they would like to develop, to empower them to take climate action. Keep an eye on ICS social media over the next few weeks to take part in designing (and maybe facilitating!) this session.

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Event 5: Closing event – NYEN-UK takes action: Take action with us (UK based volunteers only)

Thursday 13 August 6:00pm-7:30pm BST

Finish off an inspiring week of events, with the closing event, led by NYEN-UK's youth core committee, who will be talking about the climate activities they will be leading this year and how young people can get involved! It’s also a great opportunity to meet the core committee, understand what the network does and join NYEN-UK, if you haven’t already!

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How to join

Our events are always very popular, so if you’d like to attend, sign up below! If you are based in the UK, you can register for multiple events.

All workshops will be held via the online meeting platform Zoom, and we'll send you a link to join a few weeks before the events. 

About you

Thursday 6 August
Saturday 8 – Sunday 9 August. UK-based volunteers only.
Tuesday 11 August. UK-based volunteers only
Wednesday 12 August. UK-based volunteers only
Thursday 13 August. UK-based volunteers only
Do you have any additional support needs we should be aware of?
If you would rather speak to a member of staff in person, please email the ICS Inclusion Lead, emma.guilfoyle@vsoint.org with your contacts details.

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