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Taking Action

Dare to make a difference!

B = Believe that you can make a difference

I = Inform yourself

O = Observe the natural world around you

D = Delight in different varieties of fruits, vegetables, rice and other foods

I = Interest your family and friends

V = Volunteer to work on a biodiversity project

E = Examine your surroundings to see what you could do to improve them

R = Re-use, recycle, and reduce waste to protect our natural environment

S = Study hard and become a scientist… a biologist, an agronomist, an ecologist, a forestry expert...

I = Involve yourself in biodiversity, no matter how small or how large the way

T = Talk to and Teach others about biodiversity loss

Y = Yes, YOU, Young people, can do it… if we each do our part without waiting for others to do something first… YOU start, others will follow…

Effective Youth Participation

Do you want to share your ideas with the world? Have you ever thought about participating at an international meeting? To learn more about effective youth participation at international meetings, read Navigating International Meetings: A Pocketbook Guide to Effective Youth Participation. This resource was an initiative of The United Nations Association in Canada.

Biodiversity Youth Clubs

The Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is inviting the youth of the world youth to establish Youth Clubs of the CBD. The principal objective of these clubs is for young people to raise awareness among friends and fellow students on the importance of preserving the diversity of all forms of life on Earth. They can also promote the International Day for Biological Diversity, May 22. Above all, they will enable young people to take action in their communities.

Activities could be carried out through concrete actions of which only young people are the architects. Some possibilities, among others, might be to organize education and outreach campaigns, natural site cleanups and international North-South twinning activities. Interested youths can call on their imagination to facilitate the creation of these youth clubs. For instance, CBD or biodiversity clubs can be attached to already existing student groups or youth associations. As such, these clubs will keep their identity and individuality, with the Secreteriat involved in support rather than accreditation. Examples of support from the Secretariat could include promoting initiatives at a global level and by providing a platform to facilitate twinning activities. The Secretariat is awaiting your ideas; the best, most original ones will be adapted to local and regional contexts and will, of course… be yours!

  • United Nations
  • United Nations Environment Programme