By Children’s PressLine
The United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development met in May in New York City to discuss how world governments can come together to address issues of climate change and environmentally friendly energy use. Sustainable development means protecting the environment from global warming that causes damage. As part of the meeting there was a youth and children’s caucus. This group of young activists from around the world met to voice their opinions about the environment.
Youth caucus members said those who are contributing most to global warming must take responsibility. Paul Ferris, a youth delegate from Australia with the group SustainUS said, “It’s mainly the poorer people around the world who are affected by climate change.”
Noemi Robiati, a youth delegate from Italy, said, “I feel we’re all responsible to this earth and problems just don’t go and stop at borders. I think the underlying principle is to just understand the unity of mankind.”
Much of the discussion among adults was focused on what is cost effective and efficient. “Countries aren’t thinking, ‘Is this the right thing to do?’ They’re thinking, ‘Is this going to cost money?’ ” said Ivy Wanta of Children’s PressLine. “Youth are thinking, ‘What’s going to be good for me when I grow up?’”