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25 Jan 2024
Happy New Year! From the GLF Youth and YIL teams, we wish you a healthy, intentional, loving and adventurous 2024. Over the holidays, we took the time to reflect on our relationship with each other and the world, and we'd like to share some thoughts with you about the need for collective action to catalyze transformation. As you already know, humanity is standing at a crossroads. The scenario we face is certainly dire: last year was officially declared the hottest year on record, six out of nine planetary boundaries have been crossed, and social inequality continues to escalate, with the wealth of the top five billionaires doubling since 2020, while 60 percent of the world's population has become poorer. Over the past decades, the environmental movement has consistently emphasized that a radical shift from business as usual is central to addressing the many issues that haunt humanity and the planet. Plenty of new visions for Earth have been proposed, but for them to go from idea to reality, collective action is key.
22 Jan 2024
Happy New Year from all of us at the GLF! Last month, while all eyes were on the COP28 climate summit in Dubai, scientists at the U.K. Met Office issued a stark warning that went largely unnoticed: for the first time ever, global heating could reach 1.5 degrees Celsius this year.
19 Dec 2023
What a year 2023 has been! Here at the Youth in Landscapes Initiative (YIL), our year has been packed with new projects, milestones and special moments. And despite all the turmoil that has affected people and landscapes all over the world, 2023 has also been full of beautiful moments and opportunities allowing us to connect with other young leaders, collaborate and make a positive impact on our world. Throughout this year, we joined forces with our network to create spaces for young environmentalists to connect, attend events and continue building grassroots innovations for social and environmental justice.
14 Dec 2023
COP28 is a wrap. What happens now? For the first time ever, countries have agreed a deal to “transition away” from fossil fuels – but without committing to phase them out or phase them down. Small island states and climate advocates have pointed out numerous “loopholes” in the text that could enable continued fossil fuel expansion and reliance on controversial technologies like carbon capture and storage. In this newsletter, we bring you in-depth coverage and analysis from the world’s biggest climate event of 2023. Plus, stay tuned for highlights from our 10th anniversary at the end of the year, with many more updates to come in January!
4 Dec 2023
As we imagine and work towards a more just world, it’s always important to remember one thing: Nobody can carry the struggle for justice and prosperity alone. A few weeks ago, we were reminded of that when our team joined the Latin American Restoration Stewards on a field visit to the Colombian department of Tolima, hosted by 2022 Mountains Restoration Steward Sergio Lozano. What we witnessed was the exuberant landscapes of the Colombian Andes, the brilliance of community leaders and peasant networks, and the power of ecosystem restoration to help us reimagine our relationship with our planet. We discovered new social, economic and environmental models rooted in solidarity, inspiring us to keep fighting for a brighter present and future for all.
22 Nov 2023
It’s that time of the year again: next week, world leaders are gathering in Dubai for the COP28 climate summit. Will we see more progress on loss and damage? Will countries finally commit to phasing out fossil fuels? Get all the answers and more by following our live coverage of all the action on the ground. Plus, from Colombian adventures to our next cohort of Restoration Stewards, here’s what we’ve been up to this month.
1 Nov 2023
This month, our hearts are full of memories and inspiration from the countless new visions for Earth that started brewing at GLF Nairobi 2023. From speakers and moderators to volunteers and participants, in person and online, young scientists, restorers, artists, educators and so many others raised their voices for climate justice and future visions rooted in self-determination. We’re deeply grateful for everyone’s contribution, and we’d like to especially thank the Youth in Landscapes Initiative, the GLF Youth Project Teams, our Restoration Stewards, the GLFx chapters, and all other partners who helped make this event the success that it was.
31 Oct 2023
We know what you’re thinking – we talk a lot about landscape restoration here. But what does restoration really mean to the people carrying it out? Find out next month by joining our free online event, where you’ll get to discover projects turning the tide on degraded landscapes around the world and meet the people behind them. Plus, continue exploring our biggest event to date, paving a path to a fairer world ahead of COP28.
2 Oct 2023
It may be more obvious than ever: young people hold the key to addressing today’s environmental challenges. From grassroots initiatives to international platforms, young leaders are stepping up to shape new visions for Earth. Our voices are loud, our ideas are innovative, and our actions are impactful. In this newsletter, we’re excited to highlight some of the incredible insights from some of the youth speakers who were featured at last month’s GLF Youth Regional Dialogues.
19 Sep 2023
Already next month, help forge a new vision for Earth at a two-day global conference, and celebrate our 10th anniversary with us! Join us in Nairobi, Kenya, or online from anywhere in the world. And while you are waiting, join leading filmmakers and activists for a series of exclusive film screenings and Q&As with the creators in the New Vision for Earth Film Festival. Read on to learn more.