Weather extremes and reports of disasters make it clear: Climate change is dramatically picking up speed. At the same time, concern about climate change makes people all over the world join and take the streets. A global climate movement has emerged.

Many groups in different countries participated at Youth Climate Action Day on 23 October 2021 an on 22 October 2022. They planted trees, painted posters, took part in international online workshops, organized garbage collection campaigns, built insect houses and creatively campaigned for climate protection.

The next Youth Climate Action Day takes place in autumn 2023. Especially now, setting the course for climate protection is extremely important – and thus the commitment of all of us. We invite you to an international online event with inputs und exchange. In addition, you are again cordially invited to set up your own actions. Inspiration for this can be found below, at the action day or by writing to us (contacts below).

Start your own action and network with young people worldwide! Why should we leave it to the politicians to decide on the future of our planet Earth?



This year, the Youth Climate Action Day would like to focus again on young people’s engagement for climate justice. Topics such as the consequences of the textile industry for people and nature, water scarcity and corporate responsibility, and food security and sovereignty, among others, will be discussed and be the focus of small and large, global actions.

What is planned so far for 2023?

October 21, 2023 – 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
In this online event we would like to share our experiences with climate activism and share with each other our success projects and ideas. The thematic focus will be on climate change, water, food and textile industry. The online seminar will be held in English and through the video platform ‚Zoom‘. There is no need to register in advance. Just log in on October 21st at 10:00am via this link: to Zoom-Meeting





November 11, 2023 – 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
On November 11, we will meet at the Weigle House in Essen for a Presence Action Day with inputs, discussions, music, workshops and public actions around the theme „Consumption, Climate Justice and Engagement“. The consequences of the textile industry for people and nature, nutrition, sufficiency, political activism, sustainability goals in NRW and other central issues will guide our debates and actions. Spoken word, dance, performance: all this awaits us on this day.
NAJU, Naturfreundejugend, BUND-Jugend, Fridays for Future NRW, Exit Fast Fashion and Pottporus e.V. will be there.
A rally is planned for the end at Willy-Brandt-Platz (at the train station), where we will show the politicians what is important to us and send messages to the UN Climate Conference.

Register HERE and join many other young people for climate justice.

Action Ideas


Here you can find some action ideas for your climate action day. You can also share your ideas with us and we will publish them on this homepage. This way you can help other young people to plan their climate action day.

Bike manifestation for climate friendly traffic

Cars belong to largest emitters of greenhouse gases. But nevertheless streets seem to belong to them. With a colorful, loud bike tour you can advocate a better transport policy making clear that in the future the environmental alliance has priority – as there are public transport, pedestrians and cyclists. With a small party at the end you can even catch more attention, get to talk with the people and learn new things.


You don’t know how to demonstrate in times of Corona? For a Chalk-Demonstration you just need chalk, time and some creativity. With chalk you are able to draw pictures, messages and even links from webpages on the ground for the people who are passing by. You can use that space to draw attention to the topics that you find most important. Use your creativity! Just make sure that you don’t draw on private property. You might check with your city administration first, if and where it is allowed to draw.

Football game for climate protection

Young people all over the world like football. Why not use this game in order to inform and sensitize youth on questions of climate change and climate protection? You can share information on issues of climate change along the competition with seminars, posters and banners.

Participating? That’s how it works!

Realize your own ideas

Whether you do it with your friends, youth group, school class, siblings or alone – develop your own action ideas for Youth Climate Action Day.

We will be happy if you send us an e-mail to or post your idea on to tell us about your plans.

Show your Action

On Climate Action Day young people all over the world share their environmental action via social media: You ride your bike to get to school? You discuss with your parents how to shop plastic free?

Please let us know what you are doing for a better climate! Sharing is important! Post your photos or videos with #climateactionday on Instagram, Twitter or


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Network worldwide! Get new ideas! Let others know what you are doing for the climate!

On Oktober. 21 you could also meet other people who are committed to climate justice, support each others, share your ideas and your commitment.


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Here we can enter your planned activity with photo! Just contact the preparation team. We will enter your activity and we look forward to exchange.



Already now we feel the advanced impact of climate change. According to the Norwegian Refugee Council three times more people flee their homelands from extreme environmental accidents, than from war or civil conflicts. Many of them are internally displaced persons seeking new perspectives and protection within their own borders. Although countries of the Global South just contribute minimally to CO2 emissions they are particularly affected by climate change. Climate justice means that countries that bear the main responsibility for global warming have to assume global responsibility for consequences and limiting of climate change. Climate justice also includes generational equity and environmental responsibility: instead of leaving environmental conditions for future generations behind which are at least as good as they are now, the CO2 intensive standard of living leads to a situation where future generations have to overcome the hardly predictable impacts of climate change.

Youth Climate Action Day is a worldwide movement of young people who are concerned about climate change and global injustice. Since 2012 young people in several countries of the world start concrete actions for climate protection and climate justice around the date of the UN-Climate Conference. They point up possibilities for action and learn from each other. The many ideas and actions are shared via social media and become visible on the Climate Action Day world map.

The annual UN-Climate Conferences are an attempt to find answers on climate change and to limit earth heating. This year, the UN Climate Change Conference will meet from November. 30 to December. 12 in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. It will be about the concrete efforts of the countries to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees. In addition, the representatives of the countries will discuss protective measures against the consequences of climate change and negotiate the money that must be raised for this and for the Loss and Damage Fund.

Everyone of us can do something and at the same time show the policy makers what is important to us.This is how we can work with one spirit and empower each other!


Preparation Team of the Climate Action Day:

Office for Youth Work of the Evangelical Church of Westphalia (EKvW)
United Evangelical Mission
oikos-Institute for Mission and Ecumenism of the EKvW
Working Group of Protestant Youth in NRW


Please ask our international preparation team, if you need any help:

Ailed E. Villalba Aquino, 

Asia UEM members: Irma Simanjuntak,

Africa UEM members: Rev. Dr. Kambale Kahongya,

In Germany you can contact:

Ailed E. Villalba Aquino

Amt für Jugendarbeit der EKvW

Iserlohner Str. 25 | 58239 Schwerte

Tel.: 02304 755 284 | Mobil: 0173 9095 548


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