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Student Energy interviewed for the UNEP Youth Climate Report

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The Youth Climate Report is an annual climate action documentary that will be screened at the UNFCCC COP21 taking place this December in Paris. The purpose of the report is to give global youth the opportunity to contribute to the dialogue around climate change. In North America, a variety of people were interviewed for the film and came from all kinds of backgrounds ranging from climate disruption, climate justice, green technology, green economies, sustainability and human rights.

I was asked to participate on behalf of Student Energy by Ray Kocur, the director of the Youth Climate Report (thanks for the recommendation Alberta Ecotrust!). I have to be honest, I didn’t really know what to expect and I wasn’t sure if I would be a good voice to talk about Student Energy. I was unsure if I could represent this amazing movement adequately and with all the professionality it deserves. Ray insisted and told me he wanted to talk to people that are engaged in work on topics they truly care about. Well that I am! And so I talked to Ray about my work at Student Energy (primarily on the web platform), my personal opinions and where my motivation for this work comes.  If there is one thing that is for sure, I thrive working within a global community on things I really care about, like the empowerment of the youth in the energy sector.  

The interviews Ray captured during the summer will result in a documentary that is shown directly to policy makers at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change which happens annually. This year, the documentary will also screen at COP21 in Paris. Extended interviews will be archived and put on the UNEP website - scroll down to the map to see some videos.  In addition to all of this, a subsequent documentary based on the Youth Climate Report will be created that is geared toward an audience that understands the threat of climate disruption but has not taken action yet.

So without further ado… here is the interview! Enjoy, German accent and all ;)