A thousand messages of hope from Cancun
In September of this year, ItsOneHumanity launched its Global Visual Petition Project for Climate Justice with the goal of giving young people a voice in the United Nations climate talks in Cancun. With the help of like-minded youth from around the world, they built a website with a visual petition system in 54 languages.
“To many of us young people, it made no sense that we were still approaching the issue of climate change as divided nation states, being fully aware of the potential damage it could have on our common planet and on everyone of us” says founder Elliott Verreault, 22, of Canada.
Over the past two months the petition has gathered more than 1,000 messages of support. You can watch a short video summary of their campaign progress so far at right.
“Having witnessed firsthand the failure of the Copenhagen COP15 Climate Change Summit in 2009, I felt incredibly frustrated that world leaders were unable to look beyond their own national self-interest rather than to securing a binding treaty that benefited the entire world” – Talyn Rahman-Figueroa, 25, United Kingdom
“World leaders need to realize that they represent global citizens when they sit in the conference. What we really need to do for climate justice is to have them take off their ego and think about real actions for our future generations. I would blame myself if my future children cannot live like they should.” – Sahid Priambodo, 19, Indonesia