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Armed with proposals, young climate activists hunt decision-making power

(Reuters, 17 Dec 2020) Kept off the streets by the pandemic, young climate activists are crafting their own climate policies - and seeking power to implement them.

Unable to hold large-scale street protests safely during this year's pandemic, young climate activists are using their energy to craft their own climate policies and battling for decision-making power to make them a reality.

"We might not have the same attention as before... (but) we are going where the decisions are taken," said Marie-Claire Graf, a Swiss member of the U.N. climate body's youth constituency, during an online event on Thursday.

Taking to the streets in 2019 was "crucial" to raise public awareness about climate threats, she said.

Now, however, "we need young people to make the regulations, the laws, and be there when decisions are taken", she added.

Pauline Owiti of Kenya, for instance, on Friday will present to her government a statement negotiated by youth from more than 140 countries during an online "Mock COP", held instead of 2020 U.N. climate talks, delayed a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Reuters, 17 Dec 2020: Armed with proposals, young climate activists hunt decision-making power