Youth 4 Climate: Driving Ambition is a global environmental event inviting young activists and youth who are interested in innovating solutions to address climate change.
The Anglican church is calling on its young members to participate in this year's event, taking place in Milan, Italy from Sept. 28 to 30, 2021, Anglican Communion News Service reports.
The youth meeting will occur just before the global COP26 climate summit meeting in Glasgow. The Conference of the Parties is an annual gathering of nations who are signatories of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Jack Palmer-White, the Anglican Communion's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, says young voices are needed in discussions about important world issues.
"Too often, international meetings of global leaders deprive young people of a voice on issues that will impact their generation," Palmer-White says.
"The inclusion of Youth 4 Climate: Driving Ambition as a key event ahead of COP26 is, therefore, a really welcome opportunity for young voices to respond to the climate crisis and shape the global response."
Palmer-White says including the voices of youth from the Anglican Communion is a priority.
"Young Anglicans all around the Communion are at the forefront of local and national efforts to tackle climate change and other environmental emergencies," Palmer-White says. "They are speaking prophetically and responding practically."
Organizers of the youth climate change gathering are inviting applicants to show their understanding of the problems relating to climate change, as well as ideas for how innovation could accelerate action taken against climate change.
Those applying to attend the conference should have some experience in youth climate work and organizers are looking for climate activists who are addressing issues of climate change in their own communities with ideas of how to do so globally.
Applicants must be between the ages of 15 and 29. If selected, delegates would be expected to attend the conference in-person or virtually, depending on COVID-19 restrictions.
Accommodation and travel expenses will be paid for by the Italian government, who is a co-host of this year's event.