The Manchester Climate Change Youth Board launched this Crowdfunder, inspired by the determination shown by young people during the recent School Strike 4 Climate protests. Across the globe young people are uniting to take a stand on climate change and demand action. This funding will be used to create a brand new, permanent role - "Youth Action Climate Champion", to ensure demands are heard and drive progress.
The Manchester Climate Change Youth Board are a group who all work or study in Manchester and volunteer our time to engage with youth groups. Over the last 18 months we have -
- Joined the full Manchester Climate Change Board (http://manchesterclimate.com/MCCB)
- Started to influence Manchester City Council policy, including the new 2038 carbon neutrality target in Manchester (http://manchesterclimate.com/content/science-based-targets)
- Engaged with 200+ young people (of all ages) on taking action to tackle climate change
However, as volunteers we have found our impact is limited and severely restricted by lack of resources to pursue big projects. The hope is our new Youth Champion can overcome this.
With your help, the money raised here will create a budget for our Champion to work full-time tackling climate issues, plan events and be firmly at the forefront of climate action. The main objectives are as follows -
- Engage with young environmental activists, run environmental projects, training and events for Manchester's young people who demand their voices are heard in planning the city's environmental future.
- Our Champion will work directly with Manchester Climate Change Agency and be supported to influence politicians and policy making (local and national levels), to carry the collective demands of young people forward, and into action.
- Over time we aim to build a Youth Network across the city and beyond, bringing young people together and ultimately strengthening our collective voice and impact. In the first year of establishing our Champion, we aim to connect with a minimum of 20,000 young people.
- Ensure funds are secured for future years in post, and to help establish more Youth Climate Action Champions across other regions in the near future.
We are pleased and privileged to work with several partners across the city. Partners involved in this project are as follows -
If you have any queries please feel free to contact us directly on Crowdfunder or Twitter @McrClimateYB
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