Young people are concerned about their future and the future of the planet. Climate change and biodiversity loss are urgent, existential threats not only to individuals, but to whole communities, societies, and economies. Climate change and biodiversity loss affect us all, but it is young people who will continue to bear the brunt if urgent action is not taken. IYF stands by, for, and with young people everywhere and believes in protecting their future and the futures of generations to come. Young people and future generations deserve access to natural resources, clean air and water, and habitable land, as well as economic opportunities and the chance to create the future they want.
As part of all our work across programs, IYF applies the sustainable development framework, first developed by Agyeman and Evans, which recognizes the interconnectedness and interdependence of the economy, environment, and society to achieve long-lasting human development. IYF believes that economic opportunity for young people should not come at the expense of the environment or society as human development and wellbeing are dependent on a healthy, sustainable environment and strong social networks. Similarly, we support young people to lead the way to a sustainable future by supporting youth agency and youth inclusive systems. IYF has aligned its strategic objectives to the sustainable development framework to support young people to lead the way to a positive future.
By aligning our work to the sustainable development framework, we seek intergenerational justice: to meet the resource needs of today while preserving resources for young people and future generations.
Climate and Conservation Programming
- Skills for Prosperity (Mexico)
- GreenSkills (Mexico)
- GreenGenerationMx (Mexico)
- Rutas (Mexico)
- Takunda (Zimbabwe)
- High Gear (South Africa)
- EquipYouth (multiple countries)
- Adelante (Peru)
- Via program (Mozambique)
Climate Governance Membership
IYF is a member of YOUNGO, Children and Youth Constituency of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
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