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The challenges faced by youth in cities, especially in the Global South, are becoming increasingly urgent. However, there isn't much direct communication with governments about these issues.
Often, young people aren't seen as a distinct group with an important role in shaping the future. But when equipped with the necessary knowledge and opportunities, they can emerge as a powerful force for driving climate action.
Young people, especially girls, feel the effects of environmental, economic, and social problems the most.
This burden is especially pronounced in crowded informal settlements, where multiple ecological, economic, and settlement-related risks converge. The ensuing climate effects will jeopardize the prospects of the younger generation in the decades to come, potentially erasing any strides made in progress.
Incremental climate adaptation solutions that harness the complementary strengths of local governments and communities have a critical role to play in building urban resilience.
These solutions have the potential to address the root causes of vulnerability, and bolster household and community resilience, while simultaneously supporting city-wide planning and action.
Drawing on climate action initiatives led by Cities Alliance, this publication underscores the opportunities and benefits of investing in youth engagement, including leadership, to advance climate action in informal settlements. It is a call to action, highlighting the vital role youth and climate action play in shaping our urban future.