An online summit to help young activists across South Africa build a just and powerful climate movement, ready to build back better after the coronavirus crisis.
Hosted by Africa Climate Alliance, SAYCCC, and 350Africa.org
This Virtual Youth Summit brought together youth leaders from the environmental and social justice movements from around South Africa to connect over a 2-3 week long period in June and July in an environment that prioritises connection between one another online, as well as the creation of actionable plans that can lead to accelerated momentum in the movement post covid-19 lockdown.
These online sessions tackled a wide range of topics, from interactive panels of experienced activists working in the climate movement and other social justice issues, to Climate Change and it's sciences, the link between Climate Change and other social issues, supporting the organising of youth movements in the struggles, share ideas, and experiences with other activists from across the world while also learning from groups and organisations that have been working on the climate issue in South Africa.
The sessions took place between the 17th of June - 2nd of July 2020.
PART 1 - Understanding the Science and the importance of language.
The Virtual Youth Summit offered a platform for climate activists to share and learn from each others journey. This offered renewed hope, new friendships and a new hunger to contribute more to the climate movement
The current health pandemic has changed the mode in which we engage with fellow activists. The month-long Virtual Youth Summit offered renewed hope and an opportunity for climate activists, new and old, to learn more about further contributing to the climate movement in a time when we are not able to physically gather together
As a South African youth-led group calling for socio-environmental justice in South Africa, we see great value in the collaboration of youth and civil society from all around the country. It is the only way that we will be able to unite in the face of current and future challenges to build a fairer world for all people and maintain a habitable planet.
The South African young people are gathering virtually, on a Summit co-hosted by the South African Youth Centre for Climate Change (SAYCCC), 350.org and African Climate Alliance (ACA), to deliberate on issues concerning their future, in the face of climate and health crisis.