CLIMATE CHANGE

Climate change is global, let’s make sure the information is too. 

 

The Climate Change Index is a global perspective created by youth, FOR youth to empower them to take climate action. 

Climate change has already begun to disproportionately wreak havoc on vulnerable communities, including young people, around the world. . For decades, climate change data has remained inaccessible to the public, with only academics and scientists privy to these important conversations. Most importantly, the inaccessible language and data have made it difficult for people to understand the part they play in the global fight against climate change.

 

We want to change this.

 

Youth need access to this information in a way that prioritizes them so that they can understand their ability to make decisions that benefit both them and the generations to come. This Climate Change Index will be a resource that engages youth in the conversations of climate action happening in their communities and will empower them to contribute to a global network driven by youth, for youth.

CONTEXT

The youth-led climate change movement has been revolutionary. Millions of young people have taken to the streets, created their own organizations and put massive pressure on our current systems to hold elected public officials accountable for their climate inaction. This generation of young people is the most important demographic. Their mass mobilization will continue to create ripple effects in society as they become old enough to vote and become elected change-makers themselves. Within this movement however, there are youth who want to show their support and make informed decisions, but don’t know how or where to start. This project is for them.

The Climate Change Index Project will compare cities globally on their climate change performance from a youth perspective.

 

An index aims to create a common measurement that will serve as a platform of understanding for people with different lived experiences to find common ground on a shared issue.

OVERVIEW

Want to Get Involved?

To learn more about the project, how to support it, or to inquire about becoming a member of the Youth Climate Change Advisory Council e-mail us at info@youthfulcities.com.

OBJECTIVES

  • To bring together youth to gain global perspectives on climate impacts and foster community in climate action

  • To make climate data more accessible to the public and appealing to youth

  • To bridge the gap between climate data and youth climate action

VALUES

Global 

  • Establishing a global network of youth organizations and to create a Youth Climate Change Advisory Council 

  • Foster mentorship and meaningful alignment between existing youth environmental and sustainable organizations

Ownership model 

  • A universal problem needs to be addressed with a shared vision and collaborative tools

Conduit between information and action

  • Create resources, tools, and meaningful connections for young urban change-makers to take informed action

PROJECT OUTPUTS

The main output is to create the climate change index, but there are a few things we need to do first. 

1. We want to create a Youth Climate Change Advisory Council. The Advisory Council will consist of one representative from one to two youth organizations for each of the ten categories we’ve chosen to focus on. These include education, energy, transport, water, waste, land use, health, food, economy, and engagement. This Advisory Council will help workshop possible indicators for each of the categories and will center the voices of young people in our work.

2. We want to create a Global Youth Climate Change Survey. This survey will help us determine which categories are most important to youth. This will be represented in the weighting of variables in our final index and helps to adjust the developed indicators for a global context. It also provides necessary input on how youth feel their cities are doing in terms of climate change action; to share past, present, and future projects; and will allow them to voice their concerns and identify areas of interest. This survey will then be distributed through the organizations of the council members to their networks.

 

Once we have the results of the survey and have finalized our workshopped indicators, we willhire city leads who will research and input data on their respective cities. From there, we will generate the final index: an accessible open-source interactive digital platform.