Equity for Children will host a talk at The New School about intergenerational equity and environmental justice in partnership with the sustainability-focused student organization, Oikos NYC. The objective is to engage with young people to discuss and share what youths are doing and can do now to challenge the status quo and advocate for a healthy environment for present and future generations. The event will seek to answer the following questions:
- What does intergenerational equity mean in regards to climate change?
- Are young people’s futures discounted today? If so, why?
- What is the specific role for young people to ensure intergenerational equity?
Today’s generation of young people will be disproportionately affected by climate change. Children are at greater risk of climate-linked illnesses, and more vulnerable during natural disasters, the consequences of which can have lifetime effects. For young people living in poverty or social exclusion, this vulnerability is magnified. As they become adults, today’s generation of children and youth will likely experience the worst effects of a changing climate, raising issues of inter-generational equity. Despite these concerns, young people are rarely addressed in climate adaptation policies, and their potential as agents of change is often under-estimated. The dynamic contributions of young people today, and not just as tomorrow’s leaders, deserves visibility and promotion.
Date and Time: March 29, 2018 – 12pm-2pm
Venue: Wolfe Conference Room, The New School, 6 E 16th Street, Room 1103, New York, NY 10011
The event is free but RSVP is required.