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Generations Cobayes – Activities at COP21

Francophonie Youth White Paper on Water, Climate, Food Security & Health presented at COP21

From 25 November to 3 December 2015, Générations Cobayes participated in the finalisation of the Francophonie Youth White Paper on water management and food security in light of climate change challenges.

Entitled “Un Paris pour l’eau”, the White Paper was officially released at the COY11 (Conference of Youth on climate) and at the French Pavilion at the UNFCCC Climate Takes COP21 in Paris.

52 young participants from 17 Francophonie countries gathered in Paris at the Office Franco-Québécois pour la Jeunesse (OFQJ) and Global Water Partnership to finalise the drafting process of the White Paper, which focuses on four thematic areas: water sharing, climate risks, agriculture, and health. It aims at formulating recommendations to decision makers in these areas.

As part of the French Delegation, Vivien Deloge and Pauline Lejeune represented Générations Cobayes (right) to pursue advocacy effort on health initiated in Montreal (more background information here).

Successfully, a clear reference to concerns over endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) was made in the introduction of the White Paper. Noting that our hormonal system is disrupted by drug, cosmetics and pesticides residues, the Francophonie youth is further calling for a moratorium on the use of chemicals in production process, for the development of water treatment techniques to eliminate these chemicals residues, and for education and awareness-raising action to help younger generations to protect their health preventively and not only curatively.

The White Paper was officially handed to Mrs Ségolène Royal, French Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, and to Mrs Annick Girardin, French Minister of State for Development and Francophonie, at the COP21, who warmly welcomed the recommendations (video). It was also handed to the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF) at the OIF headquarters in Paris.

More information via Twitter @ofqj_france @GWPnews @VivienCobayes

COP21: Fossil fuels and fertility

On the occasion of the UN climate talks in Paris COP21, Generations Cobayes wanted to highlight the links between the use of fossil fuels and fertility due to role of EDCs.

A comic strip has been published and has already been seen by several thousand young people in France. The aim of the campaign is to keep in touch with young people in order to inform them about environmental health. Various mails will be sent including advice and practical solutions to protect themselves from fossil fuels and EDCs.

The comic strip is available here in French

Originally posted on 17 December 2015

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