This year’s UN Climate Summit (COP26) in Glasgow arrived with much anticipation and urgency. In the wake of the latest IPCC report, which was described by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as a “code red” for humanity, many have argued that this is the most consequential global climate conference of our lifetimes. It is against this backdrop that five students from Seven Generations Ahead’s youth environmental advocacy program, It’s Our Future, traveled to Glasgow for the event. Students from Oak Park River Forest High School, Evanston Township High School, and Chicago Public Schools, attended the first week of COP26 to observe negotiations, connect with other activists, and speak to leaders from around the world.
On November 4th, the students did a livestream from Glasgow, hosted by One Earth Film Festival in partnership with Seven Generations Ahead. They shared their own experiences, as well as videos and a live interview with leaders and other young activists from around the world. We invite you to view the recording of the livestream, available here. If you’re looking for more COP26 content, check out SGA’s website for daily dispatches from Gary Cuneen, our executive director, and the IOF youth.