California Climate Champions Abroad

Jason Bade

Jason Bade Photo by: Karen Codazzi Pereira

Jason Bade is a 2009 California Climate Champion from Foster City, who graduated from Aragon High School in June.  In this post, Bade reports on his trip to Germany earlier this month, where he met with other young activists from across the globe, to discuss strategies for combating climate change.

World Youth Coalesce Around Climate Goals

By Jason Bade

Greetings from Stuttgart, Deutschland! I’m here attending the UNESCO World Youth Festival. Essentially the festival is a chance for youth from all over the world to exchange ideas and culture as well as to be educated on particular issues affecting the world.

For two of the days, there was a World Youth Congress, which focused on energy and climate change. I was one of fourteen International Climate Champions from six countries who came to help lead the climate change workshops, speak at the opening ceremony, and formulate the Stuttgart Declaration [PDF], the ultimate goal of the conference.

On Wednesday evening, several ICCs and I spent time with staff from the festival to formulate all the ideas born in the workshops into that single, cohesive document. In it, we detail a call to action from the youth of the world to the business community, the science community, our elected leaders, and ourselves, in which we expound on what we feel must be done by each respective group, in order to effectively combat and adapt to climate change. The Declaration was then presented on Friday to a local representative from each of those communities in Stuttgart.

While the document itself may contain no groundbreaking concepts, the fact that such a diverse crowd of youth assembled to discuss solutions to these problems–without attention to national pride, patriotism, or selfishness–is significant. Regardless of the actual substance produced on paper, the real benefits of this festival are the connections and friendships made among youth of such myriad cultures. It is when people have these experiences early in their lifetimes that they grow up to treat and respect others’ cultures with zeal unseen in those who have only been confined to their own people. It was an experience I wish others could only be so lucky to enjoy!

  • Doug

    Gads, and I thought the contestants in a Miss America contest had a monopoly on moronity. Please keep us posted as to whether the child wins the Mr. Congeniality part of the contest.

  • Sean

    How much CO2 did this kid waste getting to Germany? If he did not fly on a Carbon Neutral Plane (http://www.carbonneutralplane.com/), then he should be immediately disqualified!

  • Sean

    In keeping with today’s modern Green movement, Sean, his parents clearly erred in giving birth to him ( http://tinyurl.com/m6mrcs ) And why aren’t these children using megaphones instead of ELECTRICAL equipment? Or did they erect windmills to power the amplifiers there at Camp Climate, then waited for wind gusts before launching into their term paper presentations?

  • Donald

    How come he’s using an electrically-powered microphone instead of a megaphone? Are those plastic badges all the kids are wearing? Is all the lighting in the room solar-generated?