December Newsletter

December 1, 2008

Dear Friends of the UK Youth Climate Coalition,

We Won’t Pull Any Punches

This month is a very special one for us. Since the idea of the UK YCC came alive on a ship in the high Arctic, we knew we wanted to be at the vital UN talks on climate change. We wanted to share with everyone the story of the negotiations and to make sure that our decision makers know what our generation needs.

On Thursday, the first ever UK Youth Delegation travelled overland to the UN climate change negotiations in Poland to join over 450 other young people from over 50 countries.

We are here to engage with the negotiators, create exciting stunts and to say honestly what is going on. We have come to realise that we’re the only group who don’t have any press officers to stop us from saying what we feel and that if do speak the unspeakable, we don’t have any jobs to loose by being honest. So expect some hard-hitting statements if we believe what is going on will not preserve a safe climate for us all.

We are continually updating our website – www.ukyd.org – with news, images and videos, so make sure to check up on the progress and let us know if you have anything you’d like us to pass on!

Our Time Is Now!

While Emma and Casper are in Poland, Matt and Ben have worked super hard to mobilise young people from across the country to come to the National Climate March. This Saturday, hundreds of young people from around the UK will be part of something special. They will join youth from over 65 other countries to demonstrate that we are ready.  

  • Ready for a clean energy economy
  • Ready for 21st century transport

  • Ready for green jobs

Matt will be one of the speakers, so – if you weren’t already planning to – join the UK YCC on Saturday!

GreenFinger Trendsetting 

Being launched in Poland, the GreenFinger Project is going to spread like wildfire.  You’ll remember our first GreenFinger video and now we’re aiming for high goals –  500,000 Green Fingers by this time next year!  Before you know it, people will be sporting a GreenFinger like they were skinny jeans.

Just make sure you and your friends share your GreenFinger love on our site

Hello Kate!


Joining our hub of activity is Kate!  Returning from Austraaaaylia later this month, from organising fantastic climate events in Sydney, Kate is our Power Shift Coordinator.  Why she’s coming back is beyond us!  We’ll be recruiting a team to put together the most amazing youth climate event ever soon, so keep your ears pricked in the New Year. You can reach her onkate@ukycc.org and she likes Fairtrade chocolate.

And also…

We also quite enjoyed;

  • Speaking at the national Shared Planet Conference about the role of young people in working towards the final round of UN talks in Copenhagen in December 2009
  • Appearing on the amazing Ruby’s Chicky Boil Ups on Radio Nowhere – to talk about UK YCC and how there should be more songs about climate change! (We’re about 35 minutes in…)
  • Making all those origami boats to carry youth messages to Poland – thanks for sending yours in! 

Keep up your fantastic work, let’s make sure that we take this chance.

Our Time Is Now


Casper, Emma, Matt, Ben and Kate


It’s all about NOW

November 30, 2008

I’m now finally in Poland for the UN climate change negotiations.  As always, there’s no time like the present to make the necessary decisions to avoid dangerous, irreversible climate change.  I will be unable to blog everyday, but please keep up to date with what we are up to in Poland by visiting www.ukyd.org


Our Message

November 27, 2008

Im just in Paris on a transfer to a train to Berlin where I will complete the last leg of my overland adventure to Poland where the international climate change negotiations will be taking place.

Already I enjoyed my first train journey, from Madrid to Paris, which I spent with two old ladies who kindly shared their travel sweets with me.

I practised some of our messaging on them…


The art of (paper) boat making

November 25, 2008

The UK Youth Delegation actions team have surprise surprise… been planning actions!  🙂

We wanted to get the public more involved in what we are up to in Poland this December, so we’ve been asking young people to send messages in origami boats to United Nations negotiators, on what they want from the discussions.
Last week, accompanied by the faithful Nora, we managed to reign in some dedicated Friday students to get involved in *free* origami workshops á la Emma.
Today’s your last chance to send your message with us if you pop a boat in the post pronto!  Since I can’t give you private one-to-one lessons in the art of origami boats, you’ll find my faithful assistant, the internet with instructions here.

Follow these 
instructions to make an origami boat and send your construction to us asap: UKYD c/o Otesha, The Hub, 5 Torrens Street, London ECIV 1NQ. And hey presto- you’re part of the political process!







Brownies para nuestro futuro

November 24, 2008


Everyone loves a brownie.  Especially home made ones.  So a couple of weeks ago we set up a stall at uni to fundraise for at least the first two meals of day 1 at the UN climate negotiations beginning next week.  It was also a great way to raise awareness that there was even such a thing happening in Poland!

And after realising that ‘Brownies para nuestro futuro’ made us just seem plain poor, we had to change the sign, albeit with some less than perfect Spanish.  Spot the foreigner in the room…


(Thank you to Nora and Conny for your baking and stall skills!  And of course to all of those who indulged in a brownie para la planeta.)


What a handsome delegation…

November 22, 2008

With just over a week to go before the United Nations climate change negotiations, I’m trying to do some last minute scrubbing up on the latest climate change policies, actions brainstorming and trying to get used to wearing ‘smart’ clothes – I’ve been ordered to leave the beads and scarfs at home…

On the 1st December the biggest climate change discussions of the year will begin.  And I’m going to be there, leading a 16 strong youth delegation to remind decision-makers of their moral obligation to do what is in the interest of people.  Especially the people of our generation.

Meet our awesome team here and follow our blogs and updates in Poland!



November Newsletter

November 3, 2008

Dear Friends of the UK Youth Climate Coalition,

Is it just us who feels that things are really moving? The UK Climate Change Bill, a new ministerial Department for Energy and Climate Change, and of course the little matter of the elections across the pond…

And this month saw new and exciting projects for us too!

Hello Matt!

Firstly, we welcomed Matt to the team as our Actions Coordinator. Matt is not only a keen-birdwatcher and all-round hero, but he’s going to bring huge numbers of young people to the Global Day of Action on December 6th. He’s working furiously on getting young people to demonstrate that our generation is ready for the big changes and real solutions that we need to see. Check out the beautiful website to be inspired, and we’ll see you there!

Hello Ben!

As if by magic, he was joined by Ben. An incredibly talented designer and strategist, Ben is our Communications and Branding Coordinator. He’s been working extremely hard on building websites, graphics and various geeky things which seem to be working miracles! To work with someone who shares our ideas and vision – and can produce that visually – is a very special gift indeed.

Hello UK Youth Delegation!

At the same time, we’ve now selected, trained and let loose the first ever UK Youth Delegationto the UNFCCC talks on climate change. 15 of us will be travelling (by land!) to Poland in lateNovember to join over 500 young people who will be pushing for a strong, fair Global Deal on climate change. We’ll be supported by a committed Outreach Team back in the UK who will aid our aims to be all over the national media, so watch this space!

Before we leave, we’re asking you to tell the UK government what you want from them during these negotiations. And we want to you do this by making origami boats! This may seem like a frivolous response to a serious event, but there is reasoning to our madness! We’re going to collect your messages and pack them up to take with us to Poland. We’d have your messages in a bottle, but it’d weigh us down too much…

Follow these instructions to make an origami boat. On your boat write a message to the UK government telling them what you want from these negotiations. Finally, send your construction to us: UKYD c/o Otesha, The Hub, 5 Torrens Street, London ECIV 1NQ. And hey presto- you’re part of the political process!

And Also…

Elsewhere, we also;

The UK Youth Climate Coalition is growing, the youth climate movement is growing – thank you for being part of it.

With hope and optimism,

Casper, Emma, Matt and Ben

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