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Motivating To See Pacific Youths Take Climate Stage

This was in support of an initiative by the Sustainable Ocean Alliance Pacific Hub to ensure Pacific youth voices are present at COP26 despite the challenges caused by the COVID19 pandemic.
15 Nov 2021 18:47
Motivating To See Pacific Youths Take Climate Stage
Adi Davila Talemaimaleya during a panel discussion on “The importance of oceans to the Pacific and to the collective global effort in addressing climate change.

The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)-led Pacific Insurance and Climate Adaptation Programme (PICAP) supported two Fijian youth climate activists, Adi Davila Talemaimaleya and Sophy Buinimasi, to attend the COP26 – UN Climate Change Conference. 

Adi Davila and Ms Buinimasi joined a growing chorus of global youth voices in Glasgow urging world leaders to do more for climate change.

This was in support of an initiative by the Sustainable Ocean Alliance Pacific Hub to ensure Pacific youth voices are present at COP26 despite the challenges caused by the COVID19 pandemic.

Adi Davila penned the following reflections after the two-week summit:

“I am grateful and honoured to have been chosen as one of the Pacific youths sponsored by UNCDF Pacific Insurance Climate Adaptation Programme also representing Sustainable Ocean Alliance.  

“I was in awe in seeing some of our Pacific youths involved in creative actions, negotiations, side events and panel discussions. COP this year was quite an experience overwhelming yet empowering. 

“To start off, just trying to come to Glasgow in itself was like running a race with multiple obstacles within a short period of time. Stressful, tiring and time consuming. 

“Nonetheless, it was motivating to see our Pacific youths take stage and express their ideas, thoughts, solutions and lived experiences. 

“Expressing the importance of staying within 1.5 degrees celcius to literally stay alive. 

“Our lives, oceans, land, people, culture and traditions rely on it. I hope to see more Pacific youths physically engaged. It is clear that youths are informed, enthusiastic, and dedicated.

“As the generation that has the most at stake and the generation needed to speak for our future generations we take this climate fight seriously as our lives and the lives of our future generations depends on it. Youths are leaders of today and of now. 

“They can provide much needed support during negotiations. Providing a space for them to build their capacity towards climate change and negotiation processes will improve their ability to support and influence local, regional and international policies.”

Feedback:  rosi.doviverata@fijisun.com.fj



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