Five continents. 80 countries. 115,000 young activists. On International Youth Day 2015, action/2015 coordinated the largest global youth mobilisation in history and unleashed their #YouthPower.
In 2015 world leaders set global goals to end poverty, inequality and climate change – but it is down to us make sure those promises are kept. Young activists led Youth Day campaigns for action/2015 and made their voice heard, reminding world leaders not to back down on their promise to deliver the global goals.
On social media, hundreds of you tweeted about what #YouthPower meant to you – including striking some pretty awesome Power Poses! On August 12, a whopping 36 million people were reached online with the hashtags #action2015, #YouthPower and #SoyEnergia. Offline, communities globally hit the streets. From marches to workshops, flashmobs to meetings with key decision makers, thousands of you engaged citizens in a movement for change. Highlights included:
An underwater protest in Sri Lanka.
— Action/2015Youth (@Action2015Youth) August 12, 2015
A ‘hackathon’ at Google Campus, UK with over 30 young volunteers working to amplify #YouthPower messages from around the world.
Drama, songs, speeches and dance performances in India.
— Action/2015India (@Action2015India) August 13, 2015
Young FGM campaigner Ladan Takow lit up London landmarks with rarely-seen photos of Eleanor Roosevelt, Nelson Mandela and others in their youth.
#YouthPower dancers drew a crowd with their flashmob in a South African train station.
— Action2015ZA (@Action2015ZA) August 12, 2015
Cycling demonstrations for climate justice in Uganda.
Young entrepreneur Jamal Edwards visited a music school in Kibera, Kenya’s largest slum, to see what #YouthPower means to the young people there.
— Jamal Edwards MBE (@jamaledwards) August 12, 2015
And young musicians, DJs and actors called on their fans to show their #YouthPower by striking a Power Pose:
— Jasmine Thompson (@TantrumJas) August 12, 2015