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GEC at COP28 Dubai: Igniting Young Minds for a Sustainable, Green Future!

By Yiran Zhuo, research fellow of ASI Global

December 15, 2023 UPDATED 12:17 AM. GMT+8

The 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, a key global event hosted by the United Arab Emirates, is set as a vital platform for addressing the pressing challenges of climate change. This much-anticipated gathering focuses on fostering worldwide collaboration and concerted efforts towards sustainable development and environmental protection. During this influential assembly, Mr. Edison Yan, the dynamic Executive Director of GEC-ASI, is playing a pivotal role, driving forward the agenda and making waves with his contributions.

The event brought together diverse perspectives to seek effective solutions to the climate crisis and inspire the younger generation to actively participate and contribute to this pressing issue. As one of the distinguished members of the official delegation at COP28, Mr. Yan engaged with experts and scholars in the education sector from around the globe to explore the imperative of global youth and scholars’ involvement in researching and taking action against global warming and climate change. 

Engage, Educate, Empower

COP28, marked by its inclusive and diverse participation, provided a unique forum where voices from various cultural backgrounds worldwide harmonized in a collective effort to address climate challenges. Inspired by insightful speeches and discussions, and rich experiences visiting various pavilions such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) pavilion, we are now more resolute than ever in developing green skills and promoting dual carbon education. Our overarching goal is to instill environmental literacy in young minds, contributing wisdom and strength to foster a sustainable and green future.

Unite, Act, Deliver

Mr. Yan noted that a sustainable future hinges on embracing green education, recognizing the pivotal role of youth participation and insights in shaping the world and addressing the climate crisis. “GEC is dedicated to fortifying its educational mission, and continually cultivating a global perspective and fostering sustainable development awareness among the youth is our commitment. We aim not only to educate but also to support them into future leaders and catalysts for transformative change,” he highlighted at COP28.

Nurturing a new generation prepared to address the challenges of climate change has consistently been GEC Academy’s ongoing commitment. As the driving force behind this mission, we are ready to assume a central role in providing students with the knowledge and skills necessary for a sustainable and green future.

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