- Title: Young climate activists in Chile hope 'to change the world'
- Date: 1st September 2019
- Summary: SAN JOSE DE MAIPO, CHILE (AUGUST 31, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF YOUNG ACTIVISTS FROM ACROSS LATIN AMERICA PARTICIPATING IN TRAINING TO SPARK PROTESTS AND MOVEMENTS IN THEIR HOME COUNTRIES TO DEMAND ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE VARIOUS OF PARTICIPANTS IN GROUP TRAINING (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ORGANIZER FOR 350.ORG NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION, ILAN ZUGMAN, SAYING: "Our objective here is to train them so that they have more tools, more possibility of making a stronger movement, a movement with more impact to curb the climate crisis, to stop the climate crisis, because we have a great big emergency." VARIOUS OF ACTIVISTS TAKING PART IN TRAINING (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) YOUNG BOLIVIAN ACTIVIST TAKING PART IN TRAINING, SERGIO LIMA, SAYING: "All the damage being done to nature, from any part of the world has an effect on all of humanity, on all flora and fauna. And, as a Bolivian, we are grieving for the biodiversity that has been lost in the Chiquitania (region of Bolivia suffering from wildfires), for the biodiversity that is being lost in the forest fires in the Amazon, and in every part of the world." BANNER AT TRAINING EVENT VARIOUS OF ACTIVISTS IN TRAINING SESSION POSTER ON WALL READING (Spanish), "LET'S ACT, OUR HOME IS ON FIRE!" / PARTICIPANT'S FACE TRAINING SESSION (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) YOUNG ACTIVIST TAKING PART IN TRAINING, MAGALY RABASSA, SAYING: "I'm hopeful that we'll be able to achieve this, that we'll be able to change the world and people's awareness to be able to get to our goal, which is to save this beautiful planet." ACTIVISTS IN GROUP ACTIVITY (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) YOUNG MEXICAN ACTIVIST TAKING PART IN TRAINING, JORGE MARTINEZ, SAYING: "In general, we're very worried about having a future, to be able to think about 10, 20, 30 years, to be able to have a life plan and have the security and certainty that there will be a future that will have a liveable climate, that we'll have a healthy environment, that we can continue to grow as a society without having to worry that there will be a collapse of the environment or society due to all these problems." ACTIVISTS IN GROUP ACTIVITY (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) YOUNG CHILEAN ACTIVIST TAKING PART IN TRAINING, JOEL PENA, SAYING: "We hope that in some way everyone understands that everything is equally important and that we're all connected in one form or another. So, if the sea is polluted, if the forest is polluted, you, too, will be polluted. So, we're calling (for people) to be aware and understand that we all need each other and everything is important." ACTIVISTS IN GROUP ACTIVITY
- Embargoed: 15th September 2019 00:37
- Keywords: young youth training global warming activists environment Climate change COP25 activism
- Location: SAN JOSE DE MAIPO, CHILE
- City: SAN JOSE DE MAIPO, CHILE
- Country: Chile
- Topics: Environment,Climate Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001AUJUFD3
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: A group of young Latin Americans inspired by 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg gathered in Chile on Saturday (August 31) for training on ways to mobilise people in their home countries in the fight against climate change.
The training is being provided by 350.org, a non-governmental organization dedicated to fighting climate change and promoting renewable energy.
Participants came from throughout Latin America including Mexico, Bolivia and Argentina. One activist told Reuters she was hoping "to change the world and people's awareness to be able to get to our goal, which is to save this beautiful planet."
A worldwide student strike movement started in August 2018, when 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg began protesting outside her parliament on school days. She has since been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Scientists say fossil fuel use releases greenhouse gases that trap heat and lift global temperatures, bringing more floods, droughts, heatwaves and rising sea levels.
The 2015 Paris climate conference pledge to keep the increase in global average temperatures to below 2 degrees Celsius (35 F) above pre-industrial levels requires a radical cutback in use of coal and fossil fuels.
Chile will host the 2019 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP25, in Santiago, from December 2 to 13.
(Production: Esteban Medel)
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