It is common to see rhetoric about how “young people are the future” in relation to climate change. As COP26 enters its final leg, Georgina Ryan, National President of UN Youth, shares her views with UNIC Canberra and believes that waiting to act until today’s young people are in positions of power will be far too late to avoid the catastrophic impacts of global warming.
As a young high school student participating in a Model United Nations debate at the Victorian State Conference in 2017, Georgina Ryan was first exposed to the concept of climate refugees and was baffled by the inadequate support which small island nations of the Pacific region received. “This has metaphorical resonance for the importance of listening to developing countries in the context of today’s international climate policy”, said Ms Ryan, who was inspired to volunteer with UN Youth Australia and is currently the President of UN Youth Australia .
“Given the continued context of devastating bush-fires and floods in Australia over the last two years, young people and their families are increasingly feeling the impacts of climate change in Australia. This is apparent from the preliminary data from the 2021 Listening Tour Report, which is based on consultations with young people run by the Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations, Lucy Stronach, and UN Youth volunteers”, said Ms Ryan, as she shares about youth and their passion about climate action out of necessity. Continue reading