LCOYs (Local Conference of Youth) are the regional offshoots of COY - the Conference of Youth - and by now take place on all continents of our planet. Last year there were a total of 24 LCOYs, in the Ivory Coast, Japan, Nicaragua, Canada and Poland, to name a few. As a regional offshoot of the COYs, LCOYs are thus intended to enable a broader public, and in particular youth and young adults to participate in the discussion and contribute to the brainstorming process for a sustainable and environmentally friendly future for the global community. LCOYs offer participants from all over the world an uncomplicated way to enter into the topic of environmental policy, as well as to search for solutions at a high level and discuss them with public figures and businesses. What we receive from this will then be taken up at COY.
Here you can find short descriptions of LCOYs that took place last year in other countries and their plans for the next few years.
The UK's 1st Local Conference Of Youth (LCOY) took place from the 23rd-24th November 2019 in Manchester. Following in the footsteps of international LCOYs we set out with one objective; to mobilise and empower young people to take positive action for global climate justice.
Over the course of the weekend the event hosted keynote speakers, panel discussions and 30+ workshops, working with some of the most influential environmental organisations including Friends of the Earth, People & Planet, Restless Development and UKSCN amongst many others. The weekend aimed to provide an inclusive and accessible space for all delegates, discussing a wide variety of topics covered by the our core themes: 'Climate Justice', 'History and Science of Climate Change', 'Activism and Empowerment' and 'Policy and Business'.
It was a pleasure to facilitate a space that allowed over a 100 young delegates across the UK to engage in radical conversations that will continue to support our movement to tackle ongoing climate change issues. Following discussions at the conference, a policy document was published, outlining the actions UK youth want governments to take on climate change. This work was presented at Conference Of Youth 2019 (COY15), leading into establishing the youth position at Conference Of the Parties 2019 (COP25).
The outcome of LCOY was clear, young people want to see climate action that is just, inclusive and intersectional, recognising and tackling all forms of oppression simultaneously. We would like to thank all those who supported and attended LCOYUK, your presence created a strong network of climate activists, empowered and ready to mobilise change.
Following LCOYUK, the team are now working to support a wide range of other, vital UKYCC projects including the creation of COY16 in Glasgow 2020. We now work to ensure that COP26 develops radical and justice climate action, and we want you to know that whilst LCOYUK 2019 might have been the first Local Conference of Youth in the UK, it will certainly not be the last. #watchthisspace
In 2020, we are facing two big challenges. On one hand we have the recent public health problem related with COVID-19, and on another hand, the social-political crisis Nicaragua has been passing through since 2018. This year we expect to receive 300 people from all over the country, especially those that want to collaborate and participate with topics about climate change and environmental issues. But to make possible those goals, we have decided to take some security actions, like reducing LCOY Nicaragua Activities to only one day, and taking into account the recommendations by the World Health Organization to minimize all possible infection. It’s important to say that all before mentioned is depending on virus evolution in the country.
Talking about social-political crisis, we clarify that we are outside any political party, and we do this for the well of the country. Everybody has the right to participate in these activities regardless of their political preferences.
Our principal focuses are children and young people. We want that Nicaragua youth get interested in science, and social issues related to climate. This year, we want to achieve these goals from making participatory workshops, keynote talks, and several more activities. Also, for this year, we have already chosen the topics that we want to make more focus on. Those are: find ways to make cities more sustainable, gender equality, sustainable agriculture, indigenous communities, biodiversity, water contamination, etc., all this from a climate perspective.
This year, following a five-year hiatus, we are excited to hold Japan’s second LCOY in seven regions across the country. Our aim is to empower passionate young individuals to take effective action in their communities. We plan to focus on climate change issues and measures at both the national and regional levels by connecting venues in each region through live broadcasts.