Conserve ecosystem, youth told

Published: 06th October 2012 10:07 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th October 2012 10:07 AM   |  A+A-

 Around 40 students from around the world landed in the city on Thursday to represent youth at the ongoing biodiversity convention.

 All of them, a part of a global NGO for biodiversity, the Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN) stated that their main aim of being a part of the convention was to strengthen youth participation and also put their perspective.

 “We believe that as youngsters we have a major role to play in conserving biodiversity and speak as one voice, because we need to conserve our own future,” said Isabel Daum, a member.

The GYBN is also a stakeholder at the convention. “We have no real rights when it comes to the convention. We want to have a say and be a part of the whole process,” said another member from Germany, Alexander Hoffman.

 Adding a little about the events carried on by the group, Svana Rogalla explains, “We conduct events where we plant trees, clean lakes and forests, conduct public awareness campaigns, which are making a difference at the basic level.” The group will be conducting a couple of side events in the coming week. When asked about their views on the GM crops, they said, “There has been a huge resistance over them all over. We are completely against the GM crops.”


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