8,000 Rising | Youth Voices for Climate Action

On 9 September 2021, the British Council launched the Global Youth Letter on Climate Action, a call for action from young people globally, directly addressing the leaders attending COP26 – the 26th UN Climate Change Conference, in Glasgow, November 2021. The letter is the result of a large-scale research exercise (carried out between January and March 2021) between the British Council and not for profit social enterprise Catalyst in Communities, who used a mixed methodology approach to garner the views, experiences and aspirations of 8,000 young people across 23 countries.

The British Council is also partnering with YOUNGO, the UN’s official Children and Youth constituency to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Insights from the Global Youth Letter, as well as the additional voices from 8,000 Rising will contribute to YOUNGO’s Youth Statement, to be formulated at the UN’s 16th Conference of Youth (COY16), held from 28 October 2021. The British Council will support COY16 through capacity exchange and sponsorship, and the conference outputs will be presented at COP26 in Glasgow, as part of Youth Empowerment Day on 5 November.

Young people are at the centre of collaborative approach, as we support them to raise their voices, and gain the skills and networks to participate in meaningful dialogue and bring about real change for our planet.

We hope the letter and the report inspire you to add your voice to 8,000 Rising.

Read the letter for Turkey.

Read the Global Youth Letter on Climate Action Final report.

Please see the Global Youth Letter launch event highlights.

Join our prize draw!

Would you like to win an environmentally friendly award while signing the letter and making your voice heard?

Five participants among those who signed the letter will win a gift voucher worth of 150 TL from WWF following a prize draw. Deadline for participation is 22 October 2021 at 18:00. Add your signature now and get the chance to win a gift card. Read the terms and conditions below.