YES - Youth Environment Service

Carbon Capture: A Participatory Photography Project on the Youth Environment Service

Call for Participants – NOW CLOSED
With less than a decade left to prevent irreversible climate change, now is the time to recognize that each one of us has a crucial part to play. The climate emergency is a collective one and demands collective solutions — especially solutions that foreground communities with the most at stake. Young people are inheriting the climate crisis from previous generations and will be disproportionately impacted by its effects. Open and direct pathways of engagement between youth and policymakers should be the foundation for building climate-resilient communities.

How can we visualize climate change? How can we represent the environmental crisis from the perspective of those who will be most impacted by its effects? How can those viewpoints be converted into recommendations for meaningful political action?

To pursue these questions, the Berggruen Institute and the National Nature Service are partnering on Carbon Capture, a participatory photography project that brings diverse young voices to the table, engaging young social and environmental activists in a deliberative process around climate action at the local and national level. We are inviting local youth (ages 18-25) to apply for this unique opportunity to influence policymaking by documenting how climate change affects your community.

The event will take place on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 in Manchester, United Kingdom, from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

YES will activate youth for recovery and resilience.

The clock is ticking on the climate emergency. We have less than a decade to transform the way we live. As the Earth heats up, democratic governments are immobilized; a healthy planet and healthy democracies need rising generations to work together to meet the challenges of the 21st century. YES is a campaign to build broad-based commitments from governments to invest in jobs, national service, and other opportunities for young people to work together, acquire skills and training, and build common purpose and solidarity in protecting their communities from climate change.

We applaud and support the Biden Administration’s announcement of the creation of a Civilian Climate Corps. We are looking forward to working with them in scaling the initiative to include 3 million young Americans and rallying other governments to be ambitious and bold in the climate fight. It is our belief that if any program or initiative should task young people to take on the responsibility of working through the challenges of climate change, that these young people, should, equally have a voice and opportunity to shape the contours and outcomes of both the program and our environmental future.

In lead up to COP26, we will incubate and promote YES by organizing workshops and town hall meetings with elected officials as well as deliberative assemblies with young people to gather their insight on what climate corps programs should look like. Please sign up below if you’re interested in hearing about news and events, joining our working group, becoming a partner, or participating in our deliberative assemblies.

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COVID and climate reveal flaws in governance and threaten our future. By investing in youth-led efforts to take on climate change, we can:

• Create economic opportunity
• Restore deliberation and direct feedback to our democratic process
• Cultivate a new generation of purpose-driven leadership
• Mitigate the impact of a warming planet