You might have noticed that we changed a few things about us over the last few weeks: a new name, new website URL, new Twitter handle and Facebook page name, and a new logo.
You have known us for years as Adopt A Negotiator, which is a big part of our history. Since our birth in 2009, we have tracked the UNFCCC climate negotiations and helped the public better understand what was happening inside the walls of the conference and what country negotiators were talking about.
But as years passed we realized the need to tell stories, not only of the negotiations, but of everyday lives dealing with climate change. In the last few years, we have become a platform for young people to publish and share stories of climate change in their own countries and communities. We want to continue doing this — and some more.
In 2015, the United Nations adopted two agreements that can potentially change the world we live in: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (or the Sustainable Development Goals) and the Paris Climate Agreement.
Governments have agreed to find solutions to climate change and ensure our survival. But not only that, even before the Paris agreement was signed in December, governments have already agreed to put us on the path of sustainable development. One key aspect of which is Goal number 13: Climate Action.
With these new agreements in place we only have more work to do to ensure their implementation, nationally and internationally. We are on our path to sustainability and we want young people from all over the world to be a part of this historical change.
Over the next year, we have a vision to grow into the largest youth-based journalism initiative tracking not only the UN climate negotiations, but the world’s efforts to revolutionise its development model to meet the challenge of sustainability in an era of climate instability.
To do this, we will be creating more opportunities for young people, more trainings and publishing more articles around the world.
From tracking climate negotiations in 2009, we have transitioned to something bigger and better. We are Climate Tracker — tracking how we are slowly changing our ways to a more sustainable world. We hope you can join us.