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Two Degrees Youth

Two Degrees Youth

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Climate change - Youth Action
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A young people’s summary of the United Nations Human Development Report 2007/2008
 
TWO
 
DEGREES
Fighting Climate Change:Human solidarity in a divided world
OF SEPARATION
BETWEEN HOPE AND DESPAIR
 
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Contents
Further action by youth
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Youth action: Extraordinary tales
34
Youth action: Taking to the streets!
33
Global problems to individual solutions
31
Young visions or the uture: 2°C leaves us with 2 options
28
United we stand
26
Adaptation: living with existing climate change
22
Mitigation: stopping the problem rom growing
18
Actions today or results tomorrow
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Fighting or your rights
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Robbing tomorrow to pay or today
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 The poor – suering the most but contributing the least
10
What is human development?
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United Nations oreword
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Youth oreword
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Climate change: living in an experiment never beore conducted
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EDITOR
Aoie O’Grady, Ireland
DESIGNER
Natalia Aguilar Santos, Ecuador
PROJECT COORDINATOR
Oliver O’Callaghan, Ireland
MEDIA COORDINATOR
Adam MacIsaac, Canada
WEBMASTER
Matthias Schmidt, Germany
GuEST EDITORS
Dana Podmolikova, Czech RepublicKarina Pilar Sandoval, PeruCharles M. Sendegeya, UgandaVikisha Thillainadesan, AustraliaNaz Zaman Shuva, Bangladesh
CONTRIBuTORS
Pawan Alex, IndiaAdetunji Olabode Akinwumi, NigeriaMartial Bella, CameroonSamantha Lyn Black, USAMichael Boampong, GhanaSuzy Bouden, UK Damien A. Côté, CanadaYounes Dokkani, MoroccoAndrea Davidson, CanadaAdam Daroszewski, GermanyChloé Gaudet, CanadaDaniela Giardotti, ArgentinaVaakesan Guruparan, AustraliaGisela Joos, ArgentinaDirya Kanan, IndiaAnna Juchnowicz, PolandVida Morkunas, USAKatherine Mead, UK Zelalen Mekomen, EthiopiaVirginie Mercier, FranceSorouche Mirmiran, CanadaBaraka P. Mtinda, TanzaniaLana Elena Ramos Simielli, BrazilWilliam Rowland, UK Eliot Ruocco-Trenouth, UK Martin Sanchez, BoliviaCarolina Santiago, MalaysiaVinayak Sasitharan, AustraliaRuth Simmons, UK Casper Supa, Solomon IslandsSamara Tanaka, BrazilMaria Mercedes Toledo, EcuadorDana Troy, USARobin vanWaarden, Canada Trudy Veitch, CanadaIndah Waty, Indonesia
PROJECT ADvISOR
David Woollcombe
PARTNERS AT uNDP
Marisol SanjinesPedro Manuel Moreno
© Peace Child International The White House, 46 High Street,Buntingord, Herts. SG9 9AH, UK  Tel. (+44) 1763 274459Fax. (+44) 1763 274460www.peacechild.org© United Nations Development Programme1 UN Plaza, New York, New York, 10017, USAhttp://hdr.undp.org
 The contents o this publication may be reproduced without charge in whole or in part and in any orm or edu-cational purposes without special permission, provided that Peace Child International, UNDP, and the author orphotographer concerned are credited as the source, and the editors are notied in writing.No use o this publication may be made or resale or any other commercial purpose whatsoever without priorpermission in writing rom Peace Child International and UNDP. All images in this report have been reproducedwith the knowledge and prior consent o the artists concerned, and no responsibility is accepted by the producer,publisher or printer or any inringement o copyright or otherwise, arising rom the contents o this publication.Every eort has been made to ensure that the credits accurately comply with the inormation supplied. The views expressed in this publication represent those o the authors and not necessarily those o Peace ChildInternational, UNDP or its representatives.
 
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We thought long and hard about the title or this booklet. Ithad to be striking in order to be heard above the amiliardrones o climate change dialogue.We eventually decided on the title, ‘Two degreeso separation: between hope and despair’because we want to give the reader a tangiblethreshold and a clear choice between twodistinct options. The debate over the threshold ordangerous climate change is ongoing.However, the Human DevelopmentReport 2007/2008 states that we willencounter dangerous climate changei the earth’s temperature rises morethan 2°C above pre-industrial levels.I we carry on as we are, the world isactually more likely to exceed a 5°Cthreshold. This would dramaticallyincrease the likelihood o catastrophicoutcomes.Scientic debates will continue, butthe decision we must make betweentwo outcomes, hope and despair, simplywill not be postponed.
WE KNOW
the danger exists.
WE KNOW
the damage caused bygreenhouse gas emissionsis irreversible.
WE KNOW
it is growing with everyday of inaction.
Kemal Dervis
UNDP Administratorand
Achim Steiner
Executive Director, UNEP
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 “We have to stop treating the earth’s atmosphere asthough it is a free resource and we have to stop treatingCO
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emissions as though they don’t have a cost attached.They do have a very high cost attached for humanityas a whole. The Human Development Report is not acouncil of despair but a call to action to the world’srichest countries. In my view playing Russian roulettewith the lives of the world’s poorest people and thefuture of the planet is not a smart game to play.” 
Kevin Watkins, Lead Author,Human Development Report 2007/2008
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