Apr 22 2021
As part of its celebrations for Bangladesh’s 50th anniversary of independence, Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC) will host the inaugural Global Youth Climate Summit, in partnership with the California-based Foundation for Climate Restoration, Resilient Markets, and the Centre for Climate Repair at Cambridge, on March 11-12, 2021.
As the frequency and intensity of climate change events increases, it is today’s youth who will face the worst effects. Through the summit, BYLC will mobilize youth from across six continents, build their leadership skills and empower them with the tools to lead the fight against climate change.
The summit will bring together 500 youth changemakers, aged between 13 and 24, from six continents to launch a Global Youth Commitment, which is a pledge co-created by young people for young people to commit to the actions necessary to avert global climate catastrophe. It is one single commitment that is relevant for youth from both developing and developed countries. Though it is a global pledge, BYLC is launching it from Dhaka, as Bangladesh is not only one of the countries worst affected by climate change, but also, it is at the forefront of the fight against it. Furthermore, 12 youth climate champions will be competitively selected from the delegates; each of whom will receive a full scholarship to attend a leadership course and a USD 1,000 award for their climate restoration projects.
Speakers at the summit will include, among others, the Honorable Speaker of Bangladesh Parliament Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudury, former Chief Scientific Advisor to the UK Government Sir David King, former Warden of Oxford University’s Keble College Sir Christopher Ball, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Foundation for Climate Restoration Peter Fiekowsky, and prominent teen climate activists Alexandria Villasenor and Rebeca Sabnam.
BYLC is accepting applications for the summit till March 5, 2021. To learn more and apply, visit https://www.bylc.org/climatesummit2021.