Young Harlow climate activist organises online United Nations event

YOUNG activists from around the world are taking part in a virtual “Mock Cop26” climate talks to outline how they want leaders to act on the crisis.

The event involving more than 350 young delegates from 150 countries is taking place over the next two weeks in the absence of the Cop26 climate conference that was due to be held this month.

The key United Nations summit, set to take place in Glasgow, was delayed as a result of the pandemic until November 2021.

Jodie Bailey-Ho, 16, a climate activist from Harlow, is one of the organisers.

Jodie said: “I believe that the youth voice is fundamentally important, and yet governments consistently do not give us a meaningful seat at the table when it comes to decision-making about our future.

“Our experiences as young people are constantly brushed aside, despite being one of the most powerful tools when it comes to bringing about change.

“Mock Cop26 gives young people a chance to become valuable voices in the conversation, and actively participate in discussions about climate. Instead of being shut down, we are lifted up and amplified.”

Full details of the event can be found below.

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