Written by Maria Llauger from Spain

Being aware of the short period of time that is left to address Climate Change, the Global Co Lab Network and Smithsonian Conservation Commons started a new initiative together with teens from all around the world to fight climate change. To start this new adventure, a Co Lab or small gathering was organized on March 29th with teens and adults including three teens skyped in online.

This was the first of a series of Virtual meetings called SDG Hubs that will focus on global warming. Different scheduled virtual chats will be held occasionally to keep in touch and bring more teens into the network to encourage change locally. At this Co Lab 6 teen activists (from Spain and the US) and a group of adult activists met to start planning a new project whose aim is to design the SDG Hub site to encourage teens to join to help change this world issue. On this SDG Hub teen Ambassadors will lead efforts working with an adult mentor to empower other teens and to share their experience about fighting climate change.

Climate change is the change that are suffering the global climate patterns, which appeared during the mid-late 20th century onwards with the appearing of industrialization. The main cause is attributed largely to the increased levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide produced by the use of fossil fuels.

The youth are the best to make this change, since that we are so familiarized with technology and all these new tools to spread information and raise awareness. If we don’t start acting now, the main damage will be us. This is a matter that is going to impact our generation primarily, thus we are the ones that need to help step up to make a change.

If you are interested in learning more or getting involved, please email us at staff@globalcolab.net