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Youth More Vocal Towards More Sustainable World: UNDP

Young people are the leading voice to make the world more sustainable says G20 People's Climate Vote 2021 Report

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According to the G20 People’s Climate Vote 2021 Report, close to 67 percent of the youth in India consider the climate crisis as a global emergency and are vocal about the pressing need for urgent policy creation and change.

Strong advocates for green development, the youth are ‘walking the talk’ by making climate conscious choices in their lifestyles such as buying sustainably sourced products and opting for eco-friendly transportation as well devoting their skills to harness innovative ideas to aid action towards the climate crisis, it said.

According to  the global report, youth across the world are more aware of the severity of climate change and are seeking urgent policy-action on the climate front more strongly. In India about 67 percent of the young population under the age of 18 years consider climate change a global emergency, compared to about 58 percent of adults.

The report states, in these next few years, these future voters will be influencing political decisions, so governments should consider their voices when making decisions that will affect them more and for longer than anyone else, reckoned the report. Going forward, youth across the world including in India are expected to play a crucial role in the climate-action space.

Welcoming well-known YouTuber, actor and social media influencer Prajakta Koli, Shoko Noda, Resident Representative, UNDP India says, “We are excited to have Prajakta on board as the UNDP India Youth Climate Champion. Young people are the leading voice to make the world more sustainable. Prajakta has a strong connect with millions of young Indians. I am sure her voice reaches the hearts of youth, and inspires them to take climate action.”

Prajakta Koli has been named as the UNDP India Youth Climate Champion. Known for being an active campaigner for socially relevant youth centric issues, Koli has tackled issues such as body shaming and online bullying with “Shameless” as part of her campaign #iPledgeToBeMe which she launched on World Mental Health Day in 2016. Being a global ambassador for YouTube's Creators For Change, she threw light on trolling, female subjugation and homophobia through “No Offence” which was showcased on International Tolerance Day at the United Nations headquarters in New York. 

The Michelle Obama helmed Emmy Award winning 2020 Creators For Change YouTube Original Documentary saw Koli touching upon the importance of education of the girl child. In 2021 she joined Impact Challenge to aid grants to non-profits addressing economic inequities faced by women and girls alongside Shakira, Amanda Gorman, Naomi Osaka and Dr. Rigoberta Menchú Tum.

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