LCOY Germany 2019

Last year, we organised the first young climate conference at the beginning of October. For three days, over 500 participants from all over Germany gathered at the International Comprehensive School in Heidelberg (IGH). They enjoyed many interesting lectures, attended exciting seminars and had the unique opportunity to network with young, motivated people from all over Germany.

Diverse program

The LCOY Germany 2019 was already the largest LCOY worldwide. There were a total of over 180 programs on a wide range of topics: from lectures on the possible downsides of e-mobility to workshops on global water consumption and discussion rounds on international climate policy, there was something interesting and instructive for everyone. The question of how we can meet the 1.5°C target through our personal involvement was addressed with different approaches and in a variety of formats.

In the evenings, there were special program points with all participants in the large auditorium of the school. On Friday, special attention was given to the topic of 'Sustainable Development Goals', which was presented by the UN Youth Delegates for Sustainable Development Rebecca Freitag and Felix Kaminski. On Saturday, experts from politics and science discussed how the nutrition of the future can and should look like.

You can find an overview of the LCOY Germany 2019 programme here.

Fun and entertainment

Apart from a great amount of input on content and exciting exchanges, the LCOY also provided plenty of fun. The participants gave funny presentations at PowerPoint Karaoke. Though werewolf and other games, everyone got to know each other better. The Swing dance course encouraged the participants to swing their dancing legs once again.

Our goals and key requirements

Our aim is to learn together, to exchange experience, knowledge and to network. This took place within the framework of diverse program contributions such as discussion rounds, lectures and even role plays. 

Concrete political demands, but also personal wishes could be formulated and discussed. Among the core demands developed at the LCOY are, for example, the right to climate asylum and the introduction of a scientifically based CO2 price with a climate dividend. The state promotion of sustainable consumer behaviour and the subsidisation of organic and fair trade products also met with great approval. Finally, all results were recorded and afterwards the organisers* together with participants held action days in 11 different cities under the motto "Climate goes local! Our thoughts were passed on to many more people.

Throughout the weekend, we discussed a variety of different topics that are of great importance around climate change. The rounds were moderated by members of the organising team, and up to 40 participants took part in the discussions. In the end, demands and statements on all topics were formulated together (often from several rounds), on which all participants of the LCOY Germany 2019 could then vote. The approval numbers are given in each case (first "full approval"="yes" and then "more likely yes"="partial")

Key requirements

  1. International climate policy must be binding. Sanction mechanisms for non-compliance with national climate targets, as well as a monitoring body that neutrally verifies to what extent countries are trying to reach the NDCs and whether they are telling the truth. (77 % + 20 %)
  2. Comprehensive pricing of negative environmental impacts, introduction of a scientifically based CO2 price with climate dividend (86 % + 12 %)
  3. In view of the increased migration caused by climate change, there should be a right to climate asylum - countries of the global North must live up to their historical responsibility! (83 % + 14 %)
  4. All climate-damaging subsidies and tax privileges must be abolished and at least the same amount must be invested in public transport and the expansion of renewable energies (79 % + 17 %)
  5. The area in the cities dedicated for cars (lane (width), parking spaces, etc.) is to be significantly reduced and the space thus available is to be dedicated to bicycle infrastructure and urban greenery, with the long-term goal of a car-free city (85 % + 11 %)
  6. Increase pressure on politicians and bring climate action against higher authorities and polluters (legal escalation) (70 % + 20 %)
  7. Promote and encourage a more sustainable food supply and sanction wastefulness with subsidy and tax policies of the industrial nations. (86 % + 14 %)
  8. The state must create sustainable consumption behaviour an advantageous and long-term normal behaviour, e.g. through taxation, educational programmes, (financial) support, subsidy reduction, legal requirements and restrictions on advertising (95 % + 5 %)
  9. Introduce a financial transaction tax and cover climate damage caused by products through the price. Climate-damagingly manufactured products must become more expensive, bio and fair trade subsidised!
  10. (77 % + 16 %)
  11. Education for sustainability must be integrated into schools, universites and work as a compulsory subject in its own right. (70% + 28 %)
  • Protection of humanity
  • Love of the human being
  • I want a future for following generations
  • agnolage how other people in the world are getting worse and worse because we practice our exaggerated standard of living in Western countries - out of respect for future generations
  • To meet people who have similar lifestyles, views and goals!
  • Since I consider myself a social being, it only makes sense to behave in such a way that all others could behave in the same way and it is enough for everyone. I see it as my personal responsibility not to consume more resources than really necessary and even to have fun with it and thus to carry other people along.
  • I cannot live with the thought that other people suffer and die from the effects of our way of life
  • Certainty that everything is connected and connected with everything!
  • I want that my children and future generations can still live here!
  • Not getting involved is not a solution but resignation!
  • Fear of the future, bad conscience, the next generation, preservation of the habitat earth
  • Because Earth is pretty nice.
  • The thought of bringing children into this world
  • My own future and the future of animals
  • To create a future worth living for myself and others!
  • The prospect that the earth and all people will be well at some point and that you will have the chance to connect with kind people.