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Asia-Pacific Profile

by: Asia-Pacific Climate Project

The Asia-Pacific Climate Project, established in 2020, is a youth action initiative from the Asia-Pacific region. The initiative concerns regional and international environmental issues with our main goal to create open spaces and raise awareness on issues. These will be specifically on Climate Action (SDG 13), and in addition but not limited to SDG 12 Responsible Consumption and Production, SDG 14 Life Below Water, and SDG 15 Life On Land.

Asia Pacific is a fast-growing but environmentally challenged region. It faces problems such as urbanization, resource depletion, ecosystem loss, pollution, and climate change. The region is the most resource-intensive and the biggest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world. It also fails to protect its land and marine biodiversity. These issues threaten its social and economic development. Asia and the Pacific are also home to 60 percent of the global population aged 15 to 24 years. Across this geographically, politically, socially, culturally, and economically expansive region, youth are a very diverse group. While some youth live in rural areas with limited education and employment opportunities, others are leading their lives in areas with world-class education and labour market facilities. From ethnic and linguistic differences to the practising of all of the world’s main religions, the region’s heterogeneity provides challenges in terms of tailor-made interventions, yet also opportunities concerning a wealth of experience to share and choose from.

Because youths have a stronger awareness of the issues and a greater stake in long-term sustainability, the environment is one area in which they ought to take the lead. Youths play important roles in reducing risks, responding and fostering resilience to natural disasters, and decision-making on natural resources and consumption. Fortunately, there is growing evidence of youth collectively conceiving, developing, implementing, and participating in a range of environmental initiatives. With the young generation getting involved in simple ways like writing to local government officials, joining environmental activist organizations, and applying sustainable practices in their consumption practices, it’s not too late to shift the paradigm and impact the world in positive ways.

The main goal of this project is to educate and empower young people in the Asia-Pacific region to take action on climate change and related environmental issues by creating a platform for youth to exchange their views, ideas, and creativity. The project aims to foster a culture of environmental awareness and responsibility among the next generation. The project also seeks to link climate action with other sustainable development goals, such as quality education, and to launch environmental campaigns that benefit both people and the planet. Currently, our main program aims to provide young people with access to various environmental programs, such as events, discussions, exchanges, training, workshops, jobs, and other green opportunities.

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