The Arab Youth Climate Movement (AYCM) is an independent body that works to create a generation-wide movement across the Middle East & North Africa to solve the climate crisis, and to assess and support the establishment of legally binding agreements to deal with climate change issues within international negotiations. It established in the lead up to the UNFCCC COP18 Doha negotiations in September 2012 across +15 Arab countries in MENA region.
Our theory of change:
AYCM believes that climate change is (one of the greatest threats) facing humanity and those young people – as the inheritors of this planet – are the key stakeholder in humanity’s response to the climate crisis. However, we also believe that addressing the climate crisis is an opportunity to create a more sustainable, prosperous, meaningful, just, and fair world.
The scale and breadth of the climate crisis require urgent and comprehensive action. The latest science tells us that we need to keep carbon pollution to less than 350ppm and that to do this, the world’s carbon pollution needs to peak by 2015 to 2017. This means we have only at most, five years left to begin the transition from fossil fuel based economies, to a zero carbon economy. This will require thousands of people, particularly in politically and economically strategic areas, willing and able to take deep action on climate change when needed.
We believe that our movement can create the groundswell of support and momentum needed to inspire this transition, and this is our challenge in a region where its nations currently rank among the highest regarding carbon emissions per-capita.
Our Mission: Build a generation-wide movement to solve the climate crisis
- We do this by educating, inspiring, ideating, mobilising, (and engaging young climate activists in environmental and developmental activities) across the Middle East & North Africa region.
- Empowers young people in their local communities to create change on a national, regional and international scale.
- Have Youth actively involved, and their presence felt, in COPs and International climate policy sessions, as well as in grassroots solutions in their respective countries.
- Take justice and sustainability into account in decisions we make and the policies we support and push for.
- Drive formal and informal climate and environmental education, building the capacity of local populations to understand the effects of climate change on their communities and to take action.