Are you pessimistic or optimistic about the future?

By Brianna Kerr (YGC Ambassador, 2020) When people ask me if I am a pessimist or an optimist about the future of our big blue planet, I always give the same answer. I’m frightened by the data. Last year, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change told us that we have twelve years to stop global … Read more

Manchester’s Invisible Tour Guides

By Léonce Gamaï (YGC, 2019) Founded in October 2017 by a 21-year-old Briton, Invisible (Manchester) trains homeless people as tour guides and public speakers. The social enterprise of the Young Global Changer aims at having a global impact through local actions. “The YGC program and the Global Solutions Summit have been one of the most exciting experiences of my life. I feel honored to have been selected to be part of such a prestigious program,” says Alice Sparks

A not-so-Global Solutions Summit?

The Young Global Changers Summer School in Berlin was a truly global gathering of young changemakers. I had the privilege and honor to be selected to attend the program, where 90 young leaders from all over the world came together to brainstorm on solutions to the SDGs, in view of the G20 Japanese presidency.

Multilateralism: Under siege but worth saving

In her keynote speech at the Global Solutions Summit, Chancellor Merkel emphasized the importance of supporting multilateralism while maintaining respect for national autonomy. The threats facing multilateralism today were highlighted, most notably the recent rise of populism and the potential for clashes between national and international powers.

Putting a price on carbon

Carbon pricing means putting a price on carbon emissions to mitigate global climate change. A carbon tax is a form of carbon pricing. Another option is a permit-based emissions trading system (ETS). The European Union created the EU ETS, the world’s first major carbon market on which companies are allowed a limited number of emission permits. It helped the EU put a cap on the level of greenhouse gas emissions.

Radical rethinking: Circular economy as the ultimate paradigm shift

When we talk about a paradigm shift, we are talking about a complete reimagining of the systems that exist: social, economic and environmental. We, Young Global Changers participating in the summit, were both surprised and somewhat disappointed at the lack of discourse concerning the circular economy, a system that emanates paradigm change.

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