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19 Sep 2022 Video Climate Action

What role can young people play in tackling the climate crisis?

Photo: UNEP

The impacts of the climate crisis are already widespread: from increased floods, droughts and wildfires to more devastating storms and temperature extremes.

Scientists estimate the world is experiencing a global temperature increase of 1.1˚C over pre-industrial levels and if CO2 emissions are not reduced in line with the Paris Agreement, this could rise to 3˚C by 2100, with devastating consequences for humanity.

Given that the effects the climate crisis will intensify over time, young people stand to pay in full with their futures. But their unprecedented mobilization shows the power they possess to hold decision-makers accountable, say experts.

In the second episode of the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP’s) Uncommon Ground web series, host Juan Pablo Garcia is joined by two panellists, Shanik Aspe, a media personality from Mexico and Mitzi Jonelle Tan, an environmental activist from the Philippines. They talk about the difficulties the world faces in transitioning to renewable energy and the steps young people can take to get their elected representatives to take the climate crisis seriously.

They also examine how people can reduce their carbon footprint while looking at the structural issues related to how we grow our food, travel through our cities and the fashion we consume.

Both Aspe and Tan agree that education is vital, which is why UNEP was part of the Transforming Education Summit held in New York during the 77th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) from 16 to 19 September 2022. The event focused on the cross-sectoral nature of education and its power to contribute to confronting environmental challenges.

Check out the video below to watch the full episode and learn more about how UNEP is working to tackle the climate crisis.


UNEP is at the front in support of the Paris Agreement goal of keeping the global temperature rise well below 2°C and aiming - to be safe - for 1.5°C, compared to pre-industrial levels. To do this, UNEP has developed a Six-Sector Solution roadmap to reducing emissions across sectors in line with the Paris Agreement commitments and in pursuit of climate stability. The six sectors are Energy; Industry; Agriculture and Food; Forests and Land Use; Transport, and Buildings and Cities. The UN Climate Change Conference (COP27) in November 2022 will focus on adaptation, finance and a just transition – and you can do your part by acting now on your own consumption or speaking up to voice your concerns.