The LCOY 2018 has given me so much – connection, learning, community, empowerment – and I want to pass on all of that to you at this year’s conference.
The LCOY Austria is being organized by a team in the youth-led NGO CliMates Austria – for the second time already!
CliMates – empowering the climate generation
CliMates is an international volunteer-run, youth-led NGO focusing on climate action. It works on youth empowerment, awareness, advocacy and research, and defines itself as a “think-and-do-tank”. Through CliMates, students and young professionals who share a collective vision work together to take on the climate challenge. The goals are to develop and promote innovative ideas and tools, empower and train to become change-makers as well as lobbying to influence decision makers. The CliMates NGO is based in Paris and has a broad international network with four local branches in Mali, Nepal, Indonesia and Austria.
At the CliMates International Summit in Vienna, June 2018
Members are called Mates, and that’s what they are! We understand ourselves as a sparkling community.
The Austrian branch of CliMates was founded only recently in 2018, and is already very active. In June 2018, it hosted the 4th CliMates International Summit in Vienna, where the community gathered for an intensive week of workshops, panel discussions and networking. At present, it is coordinating different projects working in collaboration with other climate-active organisations, schools as well as the Austrian government in the fields of education, advocacy and empowerment. One major project is “klimareporter.in” (climate reporters), offering youth the opportunity to acquire media skills and report about UN-climate conferences, similar events and sustainability topics. Others are the youth delegate program and Clim’school simulating climate negotiations in schools.
More than 15 CliMates Austria Mates are organizing the LCOY Austria 2019!
What motivates us
I decided to be part of the LCOY- organizing team to give young people, who might have even the smallest idea or the slightest spark of the will to engage, the opportunities and a supporting community to do so.
We all have so great a potential for good that often is kindled in contact with each other, so much inspiration, so many opportunities to act for the betterment of the world that can be opened up by an event like the LCOY – and so it is just as inspiring to contribute to it.
I’m organizing the LCOY 2019 because I think it’s important to create a space where people can network and communicate. For me it is very helpful to know that I’m not alone. We are all not alone to fight against the climate crisis. I would like to share this feeling with the participants of the LCOY 2019.