Inside the youth movement at Copenhagen
Today is “Young and Future Generations Day” at the Copenhagen climate talks, where at least 1,000 youth from dozens of countries are in attendance. So far this week, youth activists have put on dozens of media stunts, such as dressing as green-faced “aliens” and asking passers-by to take them to their climate leaders.
Young people are also involved in serious lobbying campaigns behind the scenes. American youth are scheduled to meet with negotiators from the U.S. delegation at 6:30 p.m. (12:30 EST), but press likely won’t be allowed to attend.
I recently caught up with American activist Brianna Cayo Cotter, who explained why young activists care so much about the outcome of the conference.
Sara Peach is reporting from Copenhagen thanks to a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
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