The purpose of the summit was to engage all of these parties to collaborate and remind the world that the threat of climate change is more real than ever. By bringing together leaders and communities from around the world, they can all be a part of the conversation and demonstrate the consequences that climate change has had on their communities, while also sharing the successful strategies they’ve implemented.
Bringing the Youth into the conversation
WWF’s intention was to include the youth in the conversation as they are the future of the movement. During the first day of the conference, we did a livestream where WWF hosted a panel of youths for a segment titled, Starting Soon: Climate Change In My Lifetime, where four young speakers from across the country discussed the climate change impacts they’ve experienced.
By giving these Youth Ambassadors a stage to share their stories of how their lives were changed by natural disasters, including hurricanes and forest fires, WWF provided a platform for their voice to be heard and become leaders in the movement.
For these individuals, the damage is already done. But the hope is that the work they’re doing to raise awareness about these natural disasters will affect the outcome of children who experience them in the future.