What am I doing?
In November I'll be going to Warsaw to attend the UN Climate Change Talks along with hundreds of young people from around the world. Eleven others and I form a delegation from the UK Youth Climate Coalition, teaming up with our partner organisations from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas to spread the message of climate justice.
As young people, we hold the greatest stake in the future condition of the earth's climate. We also happen to be without conflicted interests. As a consequence we carry the moral authority, the ambition and hope that drives the talks forward.
How you will do it?
We use the platform offered by the UN to persuade negotiators to make the right choices. As a formally recognised body we can arrange meetings, give speeches and conduct actions around the conference centres, whilst building the global movement just by being there with all the other people hoping to achieve the same thing.
But first, I need to get there, to have somewhere to stay and live and eat for almost three weeks. And that requires some money.
How the funds will be used?
My budget for the trip is divided between:
- Travel, by train from London,
- Two weeks in a hostel in Warsaw,
- Living costs in Poland,
- A small portion of the money and any left over money from this will go straight the the UKYCC's core funds. This is spent on all sorts of things. Perhaps most importantly it helps toward travel costs for training weekends for those that can't afford it – helping to diversify those involved in the UKYCC.
You can find out more about us and what we're doing on our website: www.ukycc.org
Please email me (nick.sanderson[at]ukycc.org), send me a message, ring me, write to me, or tweet and I can explain more. Leave me your email address and I we will keep you updated with the events throughout the UN conference.
"Climate Change challenges the two primary resources of humans and ecosystems, land and water. In short, it threatens our planet. Our only home. In order to limit climate change it will require substantial and sustained reductions of greenhouse gas emissions."
Thomas Stocker, Co-Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC).