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  • YUVA encourages youth to be the flag bearers of climate change at DSDS 2009

    3 February 2009

    Today, the world grapples with climate change. The youth, future decision makers have an immense potential to lead the march against it. The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in association with Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India organises the first YUVA (Youth Unite for Voluntary Action) Meet to involve young minds in the process to combat climate change. Present on the occasion were, Mr Sandeep Dikshit, Hon'ble Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha, Ms Sindhushree Khullar, Secretary, Department of Youth Affairs, Dr. Leena Srivastava, Executive Director, TERI and Mr Ibrahim H Rehman, Director, Social Transformation, TERI.

    While delivering the special remarks, Ms Sindhushree Khullar, Secretary, Department of Youth Affairs said, "Of all the issues addressed by Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, climate change is one of the key issues. We believe that only the youth has to take on the challenge. We have to act locally & think globally. The challenge is from high scientific to local community level and I am convinced that TERI will show a concrete roadmapto take it forward. It is time to think beyond our limits. Youth have to contribute towards public policy on climate change."

    Discussing the role of the youth, Mr Sandeep Dikshit, Hon'ble Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha said, "Climate change has become an inevitable reality. Until and unless we start doing whatever we believe in, be it in any sphere, it will remain small campaigns. My earnest appeal is to take big steps and joining hands does not mean only linking with smses."

    Mr Sandeep Dikshit launched a youth portal http://youthconnect.climateofconcern.org where the youth all across the world will be voicing their concern about the impact of climate change on planet Earth through stories, photos and videos.

    Over 150 students from schools and colleges across India were selected to participate in the Meet. It provided an overview of the emerging challenges of climate change. The discussions enabled young participants to become ambassadors in spreading knowledge of climate change to the world around them. It provided a platform to the youth to exchange ideas and form a common network thereby reaching out to many more like minded people.

    Speaking on YUVA, Mr Ibrahim H Rehman, Director, Social Transformation, TERI, said "Youth are the citizens of tomorrow and the group that will be most impacted by present actions around the world. It is important to ensure that they play a proactive role in addressing key environmental issues that will affect the world in the coming years. The meet will provide the youth with an overview of the emerging challenges of climate change and enable them to play a pivotal role in spreading the knowledge on key environmental concerns. YUVA meet is a platform from young people from all over the country to collectively air their views, exchange ideas and form a common network hereby reaching out to many more like minded people."

    The conference witnessed debate competitions, poster exhibition, bharatnatyam performance disseminated the effect of climate change on water, prize distribution, book displays etc. Few youth groups were selected to participate in the DSDS 2009 and LaBL (Lighting a Billion Lives Campaign).

    Winners of the national- level youth debate -

    • Topic 1- harani college, Jaipur
    • Topic 2- Acharya Narendradev college and Lady Sriram College, Delhi
    • Topic 3- School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi
    • Topic 4- Delhi College of Engineering, Delhi and Shastra College, Tamil Nadu
    • Topic 5- DAV College for Girls, Yamuna Nagar

    Winner of GREEN Award - Arjun Mahalingam, Delhi College of Engineering

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