At PIDF, we are committed to helping young people take action to protect the future of our planet. We do this by raising youth voices on the climate crisis and by increasing youth participation to address climate change.
One such event that PIDF partnered with Project Survival Pacific (PSP), was the Youth Climate Ambassadors Conference, held on the 20th of November at the University of Fiji (UniFiji) in Lautoka and on the 21st of November at Fiji National University (FNU) Nasinu Campus.
Afsrin Ali, PIDF’s Coordinator Program Management supported the event as a facilitator for the UniFiji Lautoka Event and as a speaker for the FNU Nasinu Local Conference of Youth Fiji (LCOY) Event.
Project Survival Pacific (PSP) is a youth-led movement on sustainable development that works to safeguard the survival of the Pacific island people from the impacts of climate change through sustainable development within the Pacific islands region. Since its inception in 2008, PSP has worked to provide youth with a platform to have a voice and bring creative solutions to solve the world’s development challenges. The aim has been to bridge the divide that existed between young people and national/regional/global decision makers through the notion of genuine and durable partnerships.
As part of its Youth Climate Ambassador Program, PSP organizes the Local Conference of Youth Fiji (LCOY-Fiji) – an annual forum for young people from Fiji and other Pacific island countries, to come together and decide how they could become more proactive in addressing the Pacific’s climate change and other sustainable development challenges.
The successful LCOY- Fiji 2019, event was a gathering of young people right before the United Nations Climate Change talks – COP25 in Chile. The theme of this year’s LCOY was “Truth in Action” focusing on sharing the truth of what the climate crisis means for the Pacific community; how we can solve the crisis; and discover how together we can make a real difference in our community.
The thematic areas covered by LCOY – Fiji 2019 was, climate change, oceans, health, green entrepreneurship, food, security, adaptation, mitigation and loss and damage. Each year PSP supports youth delegates to the UN climate change meetings. This December, PSP again has youth delegates who will be attending the UN COP25 climate change talks in Chile who will take the outcomes of the LCOY-Fiji and the youth views to lobby for climate action.