Be the change – Young people changing the world

Ever heard of Anjali Appadurai? If you haven’t heard of her yet, let me introduce her. Anjali Appadurai is a student at The College of the Atlantic and a spokesperson of the youth.

Be the change

Be the change

She’s pretty awesome, she managed to address all the senior delegates at the United Nations  Conference on Climate Change and speech in front of the world. In her speech she mentioned the reality, facts about global issues like poverty and climate change. The reality that is happening in front of our eyes.

‘The window to avoid irreversible climate change is closing in 5 years’

But sad enough, some of the influential members didn’t want to hear these facts and see the reality. This is why Anjali was kicked out at this year’s conference in Doha, Qatar.

Stay tuned, spread the word and be the change.
Here is a fresh and new blog about young people changing the world!

Kicked out student readmitted. Anjali Appadurai gets credentials back from top UN official.
By Charlie Butts – 

THIRD UPDATE: December 1, 2012 Doha, Qatar. Anjali Appadurai, leading spokesperson for youth is readmitted to COP18. Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), today intervened on behalf of Ms. Appadauri and reissued her credentials to allow her full participation in the conference. The UN Climate Change Conference now going on in Doha, Qatar was the scene of considerable tension because of her ejection. She is considered by many the youth voice for civil society following her dramatic speech at the previous conference which received world-wide attention and acclaim. Ms. Appadurai was relieved to be able to rejoin the other delegates to work on behalf of the issues she and so many other youth, who she represents, feel so deeply. Throughout the intense pressure she remained calm, marshaling her support so that top UN officials would agree to the youth pleas. Much more will surely be heard from this courageous and passionate young person.

SECOND UPDATE: Doha, Qatar 11/29/2012. Following her ejection from the UN Climate Change Conference COP18, Anjali Appadurai, known by many as the youth voice of civil society, has remained cool and poised even amidst intimidation attempts by security officials. A polite letter has been sent to top UN officials demanding her re-admittance by Friday. The widespread anger among youth over her ouster, both at the conference and around the globe, indicate that if she is not readmitted with all rights that further actions can be expected. CB

UPDATE: Doha, Qatar November 27, 2012 As this year’s United Nations Conference on Climate Change opens, Anjali Appaduria, the student who got world-wide acclaim for her forceful speech to the delegates, has been ejected from the conference.

The speech that started it all…

Adding to the irony of this action, following her speech in South Africa at last year’s session, the presiding officer asked the question why was her speech representing half of the world’s population (the youth) given the last slot to speak and not the first. In a conference where most observers predict that the major powers will not permit meaningful cuts, today’s ejection of a key youth speaker reinforces the likelihood of a dismal outcome. How youth will respond to this effort to quiet their voice, cannot yet be predicted, but may prove interesting. Stay tuned. CB

Few students could imagine speaking at a United Nations Conference on Climate Change with thousands of delegates from all over the world, but that is exactly what Anjali Appadurai, a student from a small college in Maine did. And her

Anjali Appadurai, “Deep cuts now. Get it done!”

speech bluntly called out the failures of the adult delegates to agree on meaningful solutions saying, “You have been negotiating all of my life.” Speaking for half the world population who are young, she admonished, “Deep cuts now. Get it done.”
At the conclusion of her powerful address, the presiding officer said that her speech should have been scheduled earlier in the conference. Listen to her short but forceful speech and then click on an interview had with Anjali about how she got there and what is next for her. And she adds, “One of the great gifts of participating in the UN forum you meet a wonderful network of young people who are passionate, energetic, real go-getters.”(Please excuse the lip sync problems. We’ll get better.) There are also links below for the complete in depth interview and other related links. TOTG would like to hear your comments.

Click below for our interview with Anjali

If you are interested in seeing the complete in depth interview click the two links below:

Following the interview, Anjali emailed this note: I have followed up with other youth in the climate realm and they have confirmed that youth who are interested in getting involved with this process may join this Google group:

The group that launched Anjali is: Earth in Brackets – College of the Atlantic

The blog for Earth in Brackets is:

– Vincent & Johanna


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