International football player Arjen Robben emphasizes the importance of climate adaptation
International football player Arjen Robben takes part in the (inter)national Climate Adaptation Week Groningen from Tuesday 19 to Monday 25 January. In a promotional video, he explains why he thinks climate adaptation is important. He will also participate in the "Global Youth Action Event" on Friday, 22 January, from 2.15-3.15pm (CET) together with former Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon and Ms. Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management. This event is accessible for free and can be watched online via climateadaptationgroningen.com.
"It is important that we build a safe, liveable and healthy future together"
The question why Arjen Robben thinks it is important to reflect on our changing climate, he answers: "It is one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century: our changing climate. We all notice it, including me. It is important that together we build a safe, liveable and healthy future, so that future generations and my children can grow up healthy. I think it's important to emphasize the health aspect and talk about it together”.
Global Youth Action Event
More than a million young people from 115 countries have been asked to contribute to a worldwide call to action, and this is bundled in an action agenda: the "Global Youth Call to Action". During the Youth for Climate Adaptation Conference on Friday, 22 January, young people from all over the world will gather online in Groningen to stress the importance of this action and discuss how the agenda can be put into effect. They do this together with various decision-makers and young leaders. An intergenerational dialogue from 2.15 - 3.15 pm (CET) will be part of the program with international football player Arjen Robben, former Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon and Ms. Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management. Together with the youth, they will discuss which steps are necessary to actually implement the action agenda. Afterwards, the agenda will be presented to world leaders, on Monday 25 January during the CAS 2021, an online event where world leaders unite to talk about climate change and adaptation. The youth program on 22 January is free and can be watched online via climateadaptationgroningen.com.
About Climate Adaptation Groningen
Climate Adaptation Groningen is initiated by the Global Center on Adaptation, the Akkoord van Groningen - consisting of the Province of Groningen, municipality of Groningen, University of Groningen, Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Alfa-college, Noorderpoort and UMCG - and in collaboration with Nationaal Programma Groningen. More information can be found via climateadaptationgroningen.com.
About CAS 2021
An international climate summit, the Climate Adaptation Summit 2021 (CAS 2021), will take place in the Netherlands on 25 and 26 January 2021. This online climate summit is aimed at finding solutions to adapt to the effects of climate change, such as extreme downpours, drought, heat and rising sea levels. World leaders such as Angela Merkel, Ban Ki-moon and UN Secretary-General Guterres launch a broad Adaptation Action Agenda with practical climate solutions - and plans up to 2030. More information via cas2021.com.