Listen: Youth activists call for climate action on UN Day of Peace
"This is Natalie Hutchinson with UN news on this year's Day of Peace held on September twentieth young people from around the world have been invited to take part in a ceremony at a UN headquarters in New York to talk about the ways that they are contributing to peacebuilding the events took place the day before the UN Youth Summit where young leaders will showcase climate it solutions and engage with global leaders on the defining issue of our time on Friday conor lennon from US news went to meet with two of the youth delegates who that found very different ways to raise awareness of peace and climate change. My name is cash request laugh ner and I'm here representing Global Sunrise Project which is a media for social. Oh good we create media that focuses on sharing solutions that are being achieved at for all of the sustainable development goals but this week we are focusing on climate action and peace. My Name Is Jeff Shaw Vasu. I'm in human rights champion and defender President of Social Innovation Enterprise Wayne Hope Foundation. I was the youth moderator today for the International International Day of peace student. Observance and miring notation works to localize the SAT's and make sure that children are empowered in the sustainable development process now. We're speaking stay on a potentially significant day. When young people all around the world aw striking marching for climate action cues pains me for you you what the links are between peace and climate action climate change is obviously creating a number of refugees because of destruction of people's homes? There's flooding. There's fires that are forcing people to be displaced but also the budget that is being spent on the global defense is quite high and and if you look at the way that that money is being spent we are not really funding the defensive our planet and so it's important to understand that we have to prioritize what these issues that are going to affect the future will be in how we are looking at that climate change is a threat to the planet and therefore it's a threat to global peace and security disasters disasters are actually causing more suffering and Matt gration devastation than actual wars and conflicts and it's time to realize that humanity's actually facing the fury three of nature and that is creating new terms like climate refuge weren't there before and that's really sad because we're actually destroying the people of our our planet and they think it's really time that policymakers realized that but at the same time we realized that people on the ground are being affected by these climate change in disasters and it's time to realize that it's not just one problem. It's many problems that need to come together to that end. The solutions to those problems will create a sustainable world have either been involved at all in the climate strike involves locally with an organization called regeneration youth that focuses on regenerative agricultural agricultural practices and engaging in a conversation about climate justice and their food systems but today I will be attending the straight now looking around the world. There has been a lot of optimism. I think and people have been overwhelmed by the images coming out around the world was your feel. Do you think that this can make a difference. Are you optimistic about the future. I'm very optimistic about the future. My Organization is called between Hope Foundation so I always have hope for the future because if we don't have hoped and there's nothing to work towards so I think maintaining a positive outlook will definitely help us to move forward and I have seen in my eleven years of working in this sustainable development. I midfield that there has been a lot of progress of course. We need to act a lot faster but there has been progress in its. I think it's time that we recognize that and once we do we can definitely definitely move forward to create and that will help us to create a more sustainable world. My organization is all about creating media that showcases positive solution so I believe the showing those will inspire more people to take option rather than the overwhelming narrative of the mainstream media that is quite often stereotypical and can mobilize people and from feeling that they can do anything because the issues are just too big to handle and so seeing all these grassroots activists is making big waves of change is so for our our young people to see. I think that if a child in a Syrian refugee camp has the urge edge to look to a brighter future and one to make her camp clean and Greener Arena refugee child wishing for a better future for other children in the world I think looking looking at those children really gives you hope that if they can do it in those kinds of conditions. I'm sure every single person in the world can just step out of their comfort zones and make a difference. What do you think realistically can happen next week. Hopefully the activism of young people that is kind of hard to ignore. Our voices are have been become so loud. There's so many of us mobilized around the world. Hopefully that can form the policies that will shape our future. that's what I can for. It is my hope that the young people can influenced up making and that nations would go back and try to implement the urgency that is climate action into their national policies. I think it's time that the world listens to young people because feared the leaders of today and tomorrow and we are very hard to ignore so listen to us and we will just keep showing up until you do."