UN / YOUTH CLIMATE SUMMIT

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The United Nations held its first-ever Youth Climate Summit with the participation of some 1,000 young people from over 100 countries. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 21 SEPTEMBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY

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21 SEPTEMBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY

1. Close up, SDG 13 painted on ground
2. Wide shot, Greta entering UNHQ
3. Walking shot, Greta entering UNHQ
4. Various shots, Makasa Looking Horse preforming spiritual ceremony
5. Zoom out, Greta entering conference room
6. Med shot, Greta seated
7. Wide shot, Bruno Rodriguez being seated
8. Pan left, Wanjuhi Njoroge entering room
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Greta Thunberg, Swedish climate activist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee:
“Yesterday, millions of people across the globe marched and demanded real climate action, especially young people. We showed that we are united, and that we, young people, are unstoppable.”
10. Wide shot, Bruno Rodriguez speaking
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Bruno Rodriguez, Argentinian climate activist:
“I come from a Latin American country. The story of our region is the story of five centuries of pillage. For us, the concepts of climate and environmental justice are a matter of human rights, social justice, and national sovereignty in relation to our natural resources. That is why we need to demand that the 100 companies responsible of 71 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions transition towards a sustainable path. We can make this happen by standing together and saying enough is enough. We don’t want fossil fuels anymore.”
12. Wide shot, conference room
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Wanjuhi Njoroge, Kenyan climate activist:
“For those of us in Africa, adaptation and resilience has become our focus in our efforts to survive the climate crisis. We are the lowest emitters but suffer the most. But this is not the time to shift blame. This is the time to work together. We the over 625 million youth in Africa, therefore, ask for support, especially technical, financial and skills transfer on the youth in their actions and innovations towards climate change mitigation and adaptation.”
14. Wide shot, participants in Youth Climate Summit
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Komal Karishma Kumar, Fijian climate activist:
“For many here, this may be about 36 or 70 gigatons of carbon dioxide per year, but where I come from, it is about our very way of life; what lives and what dies. With due respect, between the graded IPCC graphs and multiple scenarios, things are black and white for us. Loss and damage compensation and additional support for low income countries are still not comprehensive; and let it be clear, we are not insurance policies, we are human beings.”
16. Med shot, Bruno Rodriguez and Greta Thunberg
17. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“My generation has largely failed until now to preserve both justice in the world and to preserve the planet. I have granddaughters. I want my granddaughters to live in a liveable planet. My generation as a huge responsibility. It is your generation that must make us be accountable to make sure that we don't betray the future of humankind.”
18. Wide shot, Guterres speaking

STORYLINE:

The United Nations today (21 Sep) held its first-ever Youth Climate Summit with the participation of some 1,000 young people from over 100 countries.

The UN Youth Climate Summit is a platform for young leaders who are driving climate action to showcase their solutions at the United Nations, and to meaningfully engage with decision-makers on the defining issue of our time.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Swedish climate activist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Greta Thunberg said yesterday millions of people across the globe marched and demanded real climate action, especially young people. She added, “We showed that we are united, and that we, young people, are unstoppable.”

Argentinian activist Bruno Rodriguez said the climate and ecological crisis the world is facing today represents the political, economic and cultural crisis of our time. He stressed that the scientific community is clear in that the world is facing an existential emergency and stressed that world leaders have an obligation to make radical change.

SOUNDBITE (English) Bruno Rodriguez, Argentinian climate activist:
“I come from a Latin American country. The story of our region is the story of five centuries of pillage. For us, the concepts of climate and environmental justice are a matter of human rights, social justice, and national sovereignty in relation to our natural resources. That is why we need to demand that the 100 companies responsible of 71 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions transition towards a sustainable path. We can make this happen by standing together and saying enough is enough. We don’t want fossil fuels anymore.”

Rodriguez stressed that young climate activists around the world are building a new collective consciousness and would not wait passively to lead on dealing with the problems that current leaders have created. He called on the Secretary-General to stop demanding that world leaders listen to science, rather to demand that they act on science.

Kenyan climate activist Wanjuhi Njoroge said her farming community relied on the rivers that flow from Mount Kenya and had never experience water or food shortages before January 2018. She said the youth in her community to social media to save their forests, which in turn led to reforms at the national level.

Njoroge said adaptation and resilience has become the focus in African efforts to survive the climate crisis. She added, “We are the lowest emitters but suffer the most. But this is not the time to shift blame. This is the time to work together. We the over 625 million youth in Africa, therefore, ask for support, especially technical, financial and skills transfer on the youth in their actions and innovations towards climate change mitigation and adaptation.”


For her part, Fijian climate activist Komal Karishma Kumar said young people in different parts of the world are living in constant fear. She said despite negotiations on climate policies starting in 1992, emissions continue to rise.

Kumar said, “For many here, this may be about 36 or 70 gigatons of carbon dioxide per year, but where I come from, it is about our very way of life; what lives and what dies. With due respect, between the graded IPCC graphs and multiple scenarios, things are black and white for us. Loss and damage compensation and additional support for low income countries are still not comprehensive; and let it be clear, we are not insurance policies, we are human beings.”

The young Fijian activist called upon everyone, especially duty bearers and policy makers, to respect the rights of future generations.

UN chief António Guterres, who was participating in the Summit as ‘keynote listener’, said one of the problems with world leaders is that they talk too much and listen too little. He said he was very enthusiastic about the global youth movement for climate action, adding that young people have started a dynamic impulse around the world, moving with them their families and communities, which has started to have an impact on business and government policies.

Guterres said the world was still losing the race against climate change but noted that the momentum was shifting largely due to the efforts of the youth movement, starting with Greta Thunberg’s initiative.

SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“My generation has largely failed until now to preserve both justice in the world and to preserve the planet. I have granddaughters. I want my granddaughters to live in a liveable planet. My generation as a huge responsibility. It is your generation that must make us be accountable to make sure that we don't betray the future of humankind.”

Guterres encouraged the youth movement to continue mobilizing to hold his generation accountable.
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