Climate change is not a distant threat; it’s affecting all of us now. The latest IPCC report confirms that climate change is happening in every part of the world. As global temperatures rise by 1.5 °C or more, we’ll experience more heat waves, longer warm seasons, and shorter cold seasons. A 2 °C increase will push heat extremes to critical levels for agriculture and health. But it’s not just temperature climate change is causing various shifts, particularly in vulnerable regions like Southeast Asia. These changes include alterations in precipitation, water cycle, wind patterns, extreme weather events, snow and ice cover, forest and grassland health, and coastal areas.
Recent events like flash floods in Himachal, Sikkim, Libya and Pakistan, cyclones in the US, forest fire in Siberia and Canada, historical droughts in Africa and China, and heat waves in Europe and central India are stark examples of the climate crisis unfolding around us. Climate change introduces a level of uncertainty into our future.
However, one certainty is that the younger generation, who will inherit this Earth, is likely to bear the brunt of climate change. Many young people are keenly aware of the challenges and opportunities presented by the shift to a low-carbon future. They are actively engaged in the global conversation on climate solutions, inspiring action across the world.
Conferences on Youth and Climate, as well as Women and Climate have been conducted in various locations in Tamil Nadu like Madurai, Kanyakumari, and Chennai. It’s heartening to see the after-active engagement with around 10,000 students. Many of them have become volunteers in various environmental movements and taken up careers in climate and environmental fields, working towards a more sustainable future.
Objectives of the Youth and Climate Conclave in Coimbatore
PSGR Krishnammal College for Women, Siruthuli and Poovulagin Nanbargal jointly propose to organise the Youth and Climate Conclave 2024, in Coimbatore with the following objectives:
- to raise awareness and share information among youth about climate change at the national, regional and global level;
- to set priorities for policy actions for the thematic areas identified by the IPCC and consider additional thematic areas; and
- to reflect on existing and new coordination mechanisms and to consider needs for capacity building at the regional level
The Youth & Climate Conclave 2024 will be held at PSGR Krishnammal College for Women, Coimbatore on Friday, the 20th of January, 2024. The full-day conference will be from 9 am to 4 pm. The Conference will deliberate on various aspects of climate change with a youth perspective.
The Conclave is targeted to reach the youth community especially college students from various educational institutions in and around Coimbatore. College students from Arts and Science streams including political science, international studies, developmental studies, social work, environment, agriculture, journalism, health care and engineering background will be invited. Journalists and media houses will be invited to cover the conclave.
This event will be a forum to share knowledge, experiences and lessons learnt from scientists, researchers, policy makers and practitioners on how to build and strengthen resilient capacity to face climate crisis in Tamil Nadu.
The first part of the conclave proceedings will feature a plenary session where prominent climate change experts will set the conclave tone on vexing climate change issues in Tamil Nadu. This will be followed by a plenary presentation by subject experts for each of the conclave sub-themes. Participants will have adequate opportunity to engage with the panellists and presenters in both the sessions.
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