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.
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.
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 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")