Alongside the events relevant to the election, young activists in Canada will attend a week of sustainable development. On that day, more than one hundred strikes and protests in different Canadian provinces are set to take place. In addition to that, world-famous climate change advocate Greta Thunberg has also been invited to participate.
Marina Melanidis, the project coordinator for Youth4Nature, an international organization supporting nature-based climate solutions, was among a group of young climate change activists who spoke at the Summit for United Nations Young Global held in New York on a Saturday.
Melanidis, a 24-year-old climate campaigner from Vancouver believes that now is the time to keep governments and lawmakers responsible and accountable for global warming climate action. This time, they reckon it’s a big deal because the world will be watching.
According to her and other activists, this is the first time many young people have been welcomed into the United Nations headquarters. Melanidis told policymakers that youth must be “co-designers” of climate solutions in her Saturday summit address.
She claimed that this was a solution that cannot be done without the help of the youth. This occurrence rapidly became viral online and received 25,000 views in just three hours.