Asian youth leaders participate in the Global Power Shift Climate Summit in Istanbul
Posted on 1 July 2013
June 23-24, 2013, Istanbul, Turkey
Youthful representatives of various Asian CSO fromations joined hundreds of young climate justice advocates from 134 countries at the Global Power Shift Summit in Istanbul from June 24 to 30. The Istanbul climate summit is the first-ever international conference dedicated to building a global youth movement towards solving the climate crisis.
Many of the summit’s attendees are already leaders of youth movements in their home countries. Participants include activists fighting coal plants in India, islanders raising awareness about sea-level rise in the Pacific, Kenyan youths campaigning for sustainable development across Africa, and student activists leading a new, fossil fuel divestment movement in the United States.
Among the diverse array of participants are the Asian youth leaders who represented various organizations committed to combatting the global climate crisis.
- Feby Basco-Lunag, representing the Cordillera Youth Network for Global Change
- Philline Marie Donggay, a Climate Leader with the Climate Reality Project
- Leon Dulce, campaign coordinator of the Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment
- John Lumapay, Artist and Teacher
- Marjorie Pamintuan of the Asia-Pacific Research Network
- Erin Sinogba, representing Redraw The Line, a climate change campaign led by the Asia-Pacific Media Alliance for Social Awareness
Participants of the said event aim to represent the concerns of millions of people around the world who are already feeling the impacts of climate change, from worsening droughts, devastating storms to the persistent sea-level rise that threatens many island nations and coastal communities.
“Young people from around the world came to Global Power Shift to build a movement that can create the political will necessary to solve the climate crisis,” said May Boeve, the Executive Director of 350.org, an international climate campaign that helped convene the summit.
On Saturday, June 29th, Global Power Shift participants joined a march in Istanbul with thousands of Turkish citizens and Greenpeace campaigners to protest against coal-fired power plants. Coal-fired power plants are the biggest source of manmade carbon dioxide emissions that are already causing severe weather patterns and ruining people’s health.
Greenpeace International Executive Director states that the youth delegates of the climate summit will serve as the next wave in the global movement to stop cases of coal burning and in the future campaigns for climate change.
Secretary General of the Asia Pacific Research Network (APRN), Marjorie Pamintuan further stressed the need to tackle climate concerns especially in the Asia Pacific where seven out of ten countries most vulnerable to climate change impacts can be found.
“Asia Pacific is also home to the world’s most poor and climate-sensitive livelihoods such as agriculture and fisheries. Along with lives and livelihoods, cultures and social identities also face the risk of being lost as communities confront the threat of migration due to the destruction of their habitats. The Global Power Shift provided a venue to build the capacities of climate campaigners to build and strengthen the movements in their countries to address the impacts of climate change, step up the fight against fossil fuels, and demand climate justice for the poor and vulnerable