2021 International Youth Day Statement "Transforming Food Systems: Youth Innovation for Human and Planetary Health"
There is something important about the theme for this year, and almost exactly the day that the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issues its latest report. The IPCC report basically issues a “red alert” for the planet, indicating that urgent action must be taken today if we are to avoid the worst effects of climate change. As Mark Heywood points out in the Daily Maverick, we need to act urgently for the youth:
“Do it for them. This is not somebody else’s problem. It’s your children’s problem. It can’t be deferred any longer. Think of the changes you can make and consider your actions as being like giving your child a gift, a symbol of your love, a future investment. And act today”.