The Global Youth Letter Report used a mixed methodology approach including crowdsourcing to garner the views, experiences, and aspirations of 8,000 young people aged 18-35 across 23 countries – including Brazil, India, Kenya, Sri Lanka, and the UK – about their perspectives on climate change. It found a strong, unanimous voice of young people on climate change across all 23 countries.
This research is part of the British Council’s Climate Connection programme, which aims to bring people around the world together to address the challenges of climate change. Research for the report was carried out between January and March 2021.
The findings from the report have been used to write a Global Youth Letter, a plan of action setting out young people’s aspirations and recommendations around climate change. The letter directly addresses the policymakers and world leaders who will attend the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in November.
Young people are encouraged to sign the letter and pledge to tackle climate change, adding their own recommendations to be considered. The letter can be signed here: www.britishcouncil.org/climate-connection/get-involved/global-youth-letter.
The Global Youth Letter was launched at a virtual event recently on 9 September. Insights from the Global Youth Letter will inform ongoing discussions with policymakers in the run up to and during COP26.