From 19-21 October, the first Dutch Local Conference of Youth (LCOY) took place in the AUC building. Organised entirely by a group of motivated AUC students, the conference saw nearly 180 participants take part in more than 80 sessions and workshops addressing various aspects of climate change.
The LCOY is strongly affiliated to YOUNGO, the official youth-constituency to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The final output of the conference (and others taking place around the world) will be compiled and handed over to YOUNGO to be presented at the upcoming UN Conference of Parties (COP) in Krakow, Poland.
As part of the conference programme, the group also organised various social activities that took place throughout the weekend. From potluck dinners to yoga and delicious vegan food, the conference organisers ensured that there was ample opportunity for participants to network, exchange and empower each other through sharing experiences and inspiration.
During the extended weekend event spread across Pakhuis de Zwijger and AUC, the various sessions and workgroups discussed how the pressing issues of climate change are impacting multiple facets of contemporary society. The groups discussed the topic from perspectives such as agriculture, activism and education, but also included viewpoints ranging from art, lifestyle and climate justice. This holistic approach allowed the groups to better understand and develop possible solutions and steps that can be taken in various disciplines to tackle climate change.
To get in touch with the organisers or get more information about the conference and its programme, please visit the LCOY the Netherlands website below.