To mark St David’s Day 2021, the Youth Climate Ambassadors for Wales were invited to meet with USA Chargé d’Affaires to the UK Yael Lempert and other senior officials from the United States Embassy.
Focussed primarily on discussing U.S. and UK partnership in the urgent global fight against climate change, the ambassadors had a wide ranging discussion with officials about their work and the action they believe needs to be taken at the COP26 global climate summit in November 2021.
These young Welsh Climate Ambassadors from @sizeofwales virtually met with our Chargé, Yael Lempert, today. Now they are sharing what motivates them to take action on climate change. Thanks for speaking with us @YCAWales! pic.twitter.com/2nVl1KcJNh
— U.S. Embassy London (@USAinUK) March 1, 2021
The Youth Climate Ambassadors for Wales (YCA) are a group of 12 young people from across the nation who are passionate about climate justice. They are supported by Size of Wales and the Welsh Centre for International Affairs (WCIA), and funded by the Scottish Power Foundation, with the aims and actions led by the Ambassadors themselves.
Poppy, a climate activist from Newport and Chair of the Youth Climate Ambassadors for Wales said:
“As a group of young people, we are delighted to have been granted the opportunity to talk with the US Embassy, particularly ahead of COP26 in November where America will play a massive role in its outcomes.
Amplifying the youth voice on climate action is important because climate change will impact every aspect of our lives. We enjoyed meeting with the Embassy, and it was refreshing to meet with a team of decision makers ready to tackle this crisis head on.”
US Chargé d’Affaires, Yael Lempert said:
“The United States is putting the climate crisis at the center of our foreign policy, diplomacy, and national security. It is enormously important that we listen to the perspective that young people have on climate change because this is the generation which will face the consequences tomorrow of the choices we make today.
We’ve all heard of young activists like Greta Thunberg, but today I was so impressed to meet this group of young Welsh leaders who are speaking out just as passionately about the urgent need to address climate change. They are showing the kind of dragon spirit I think we all need to bring to this fight!”
Kevin Rahman-Daultrey, Policy and Education Manager for Size of Wales, said:
“As a small nation, Wales has led the way on climate change being the first to declare a climate emergency and now our young people are also leading on raising awareness of what needs to be done to protect their futures.
For the Welsh Youth Climate Ambassadors it is a great opportunity for them to share with the Chargé d’Affaires what they are hoping to see from world leaders at COP26.”
A full press release from the US Embassy in the UK can be found here.
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