On Thursday 16 September 2021, at 6.15pm BST, we launch our report on Climate Futures: Youth Perspectives, live from Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park. This event is part of the official All4Climate Italy 2021 Programme, which is contributing directly to September’s Pre-COP meetings in Milan and the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow.
Everybody is welcome to join us online, off-camera via Zoom Webinar, for an intergenerational panel discussion to explore the report’s youth-led recommendations and help share them widely.
This report launch is being live-streamed from Cumberland Lodge, and we are also inviting a small audience to join us in Windsor Great Park.
To open the launch, we will be showing a short video statement, featuring some of the young people who participated in the conference and subsequent consultation that informed this report.
Our panellists will then introduce the report and its practical recommendations for change, and audience members will have the chance to ask questions, either by Zoom or in person.
Our guest panellists are:
- Serena Bashal – Pre-COP26 Youth Delegate (UK representative) and member of the UK Youth Climate Coalition (UKYCC)
- William Finnegan – Freelance Research Associate for Cumberland Lodge and author of this report; Doctoral student at the University of Oxford
- Elizabeth Kitchenside – Sixth-form student and contributor to the report, and an intern at the Salvation Army
- Harriet Lamb CBE – Chief Executive of Ashden
- Azzees Minott – Chair of Greens of Colour (The Green Party)
Climate Futures: Youth Perspectives marks the culmination of over a year of research and intergenerational, cross-sector dialogue, drawing on the views and expectations of young people from a broad spectrum of schools, universities, organisations and backgrounds, both locally and internationally.
Our report summarises the key themes and best-practice recommendations that emerged from the virtual conference we convened in March 2021, which were refined at a consultation held this summer.
The report's author is our freelance Research Associate, William Finnegan, a doctoral student at the University of Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute and an award-winning environmental filmmaker and educator.
Insights and recommendations
As the report states: ‘We need to face the climate emergency head-on, but young people are anxious, frustrated and tired of waiting for governments and politicians to act. Young people are engaged and ready to work in partnership with leaders from all sectors to shape a better future and make urgent changes to our actions and policies, to combat climate change.’
Climate Futures: Youth Perspectives offers a resounding call from young people to the international delegations and other stakeholders preparing for the UNFCCC COP26 summit in Glasgow.
How to join
This event is open to all. To take part in the launch remotely or in person, please register using the correct Eventbrite checkout below.
You will receive email reminders ahead of the event, once you have registered, and you will be invited to watch the launch on Zoom as a webinar participant (off camera and without audio input, but with access to the live Q&A to get involved and submit any questions).
We are also inviting young people to join us at Cumberland Lodge in person, where light refreshments will be provided. We particularly welcome people aged 17 to 25 who are interested in the role of youth in addressing the climate emergency, as well as educators, politicians, and policymakers who are actively involved in taking youth priorities into account in climate initiatives.