Youth from USAID-funded Jamaica Rural Economy and Ecosystems Adapting to Climate Change project
Youth aged 14 to 25 learned about the effects of climate change, ways to mitigate the risk, and how they can raise awareness in their communities through the USAID-funded Jamaica Rural Economy and Ecosystems Adapting to Climate Change project in 2018.

Community Spotlights: Share Your Work on Youth Climate Action with the Climatelinks Community!

By Isabela Barriga

Today’s youth represents the largest in history with more than half of the world’s population under the age of 30. Ninety percent of youth live in developing countries, where climate change poses a threat to their future. USAID recognizes that collaborating with this growing population can help build a more resilient future. That is why, this January, Climatelinks is focusing on youth climate action. We would like to hear from you to elevate young leaders from around the world.

Educated, engaged and empowered youth can drive economic growth and prosperity. Children and young adults are often not at the table when climate strategies are developed; however, youth are agents of change in climate action and can play a key role in addressing climate-related risks.

In 2012, USAID recognized the potential of youth and released its Youth in Development Policy. This policy outlines a conceptual approach to youth in devel­opment, and provides guiding principles in support of USAID’s efforts to integrate youth.

If you support a USAID program or are an implementing partner working at the intersection of youth empowerment and climate action, please reach out to us. Climatelinks is also interested in showcasing youth climate leaders from around the world. If you know a climate leader or work with one, send us a message at [email protected] by January 15, and we will share their stories via our blog, social media, and monthly newsletter.

We look forward to hearing from you! Stay tuned for our Community Spotlight on the latest stories and resources for youth climate action programming and development.

Strategic Objective
Adaptation, Climate Change Integration, Mitigation, Resilience, Self-Reliance

Isabela Barriga

Isabela Barriga serves as the social media manager, content entry and work flow coordinator for Climatelinks. She assists with knowledge management, research, and writing blogs. Previously, Isabela provided communication and content management support to organizations such as the United Nations Volunteers programme in Ecuador and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance in Washington, DC. Isabela holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from the University of Maryland, College Park and a minor in International Development & Conflict Management.

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