Commonwealth youth make themselves heard at the Climate talks in Marrakesh

“Young people are brave. Their actions, challenging political correctness and status quo, will continue to inspire, revolutionise and change the mindsets of policy-makers towards a safer, resilient and more equitable world.”

These were the words of Karuna Rana, coordinator of the Commonwealth Youth Climate Change Network, at a Commonwealth Intergenerational Climate Dialogue at global climate talks in Marrakech.

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The Commonwealth Youth Climate Network (CYCN) was set up in 2009 to build the capacity of young climate activists across the Commonwealth and the globe.

The network’s core membership includes representatives from the National Youth Climate Coalitions of Australia, Canada, India and Nigeria and the Caribbean Youth Environment Network in addition to activists from the UK, Cameroon, Zambia, Sierra Leone, Singapore and the Maldives.

Membership is open to willing individuals and organisations from across the Commonwealth. This connection of youth leaders with expertise on climate issues from across the commonwealth enable sharing of experience and expertise, development of common actions and campaigns to influence change through their collective voice.

Because the commonwealth is a unique global network linking South and North, small and large, members of the network believe that it is well positioned to facilitate communities worldwide to effectively combat climate change whether through campaigning to influence policy, adopting more sustainable lifestyles or educating the population. was set up to build the capacity of young climate activists across the Commonwealth and the globe.