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Three actions young activists demand for the future of the planet

 The United Nations’ (UN) “International Youth Day” is celebrated on August 12. As well as the other political anniversaries, discussions and workshops were held around the world on various youth issues. More than 150 activists from over 30 countries have written an open letter to leaders in various fields, calling for urgent action to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the future of people and our planet. The letter was released in time with the G7 Summit held in Biarritz, France on August 24 through 26.

 The open letter was signed by famous young activists active globally such as Indian feminist Trisha Shetty and South African disability rights advocate Eddie Ndopu. The letter has also received the backing of influential world leaders such as Mary Robinson, the former president of Ireland and Somali philanthropist Edna Adan Ismail in addition to international organizations such as the ONE campaign and Global Citizen.

 In this letter, it is pointed out that 600 million young people will lose their jobs and the climate will worsen in developing countries, where many young people live. If no action is taken to achieve the SDGs in a decade from 2020 to 2030, the remaining decades of the 21st century will be disastrous.

 For that, the letter shows three actions that world leaders should take. The first demand is investing in young people, which is estimated to cost a minimum of $300 (about 32,000 yen) per person per year in the lowest income countries. The second demand is to make the results of efforts opened and to enable following the flow of invested money so that the achievement of the SDGs will be spread to other countries. And finally, we call on activists and concerned citizens around the world to work together to resolve environmental issues, social disparities, gender inequality, corruption politics, and more.

It is about 10 years left until 2030, the goal of the SDGs, which is not so long. For dramatic course correction, we have to work together to protect the global environment. You can see the open letter from the link below, and anyone can sign it.