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Pillar 3:
Sustainable
Planet

We channel young people's commitment to climate justice and sustainability

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59%

of young people are worried about climate change (The Lancet)

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42 million

jobs could be created by the renewable energy industry by 2050 (UN)

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2020 vs 1960

2x more wildfires, 6.8x more heatwaves (Save the Children)

Our latest Sustainable Planet news

YMCA in Korea: Building a Sustainable Planet through so...

26 February 2024

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“We refuse to settle for anything less than the phase...

13 December 2023

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Change Agent blog: Cameroon and the challenge of climat...

06 December 2023

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From COP26 to the UN, Ireland’s Alicia O’Su...

19 November 2023

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Feature Story

Sustainable Planet: YMCAs and the climate crisis

Community Wellbeing, Meaningful Work, Sustainable Planet and Just World – we understand the words. But do we know what they really mean?

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Our case studies and projects

Take a look at some of the ways we work towards a Sustainable Planet

Green Idea project

YMCA Africa is showcasing the work of branches of YMCA Madagascar and Ghana YMCA in driving environmental change through its 'Green Idea' project. The initiative encourages young leaders to champion climate action and environmental sustainability. The work is supported by YMCA/YWCA Sweden (KFUM Sverige).

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Eliminating plastic wrap around the linens resulted in significant monetary and environmental benefits.

YMCA of the Rockies

As the National Movements adopt YMCA Vision 2030 into their strategic planning, that process then moves to the local associations.

Our three Sustainable Planet goals

Our Belief

The YMCA believes that we should all commit and take action for the protection and regeneration of our planet, preparing for a just transition to a world where humans live in full harmony with nature.

Our Pledge

The YMCA commits to become a Greener Movement, an active youth voice on climate justice and champion of youth-led sustainability solutions.

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Internal YMCA Transformation

The YMCA will take steps towards becoming a climate-neutral* Movement, building a roadmap that will allow all YMCAs to make measurable and meaningful progress in their policies and practices based on local realities.

*Climate neutrality refers to achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by balancing those emissions so they are equal (or less than) the emissions that get removed through the planet’s natural absorption; in basic terms it means we reduce our emissions through climate action. (UNFCCC)

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Global Advocacy

The YMCA will champion global solutions and policies to support a Just Transition to a Green Economy, making sure that no one is left behind as we work together towards the regeneration and protection of our Planet.

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Community Empowerment

The YMCA Movement inspires its members, staff, volunteers and community stakeholders to practise and champion environmental responsibility while also integrating climate education components for young people and communities in its programmes worldwide.

Our Belief

The YMCA believes that we should all commit and take action for the protection and regeneration of our planet, preparing for a just transition to a world where humans live in full harmony with nature.

Our Pledge

The YMCA commits to become a Greener Movement, an active youth voice on climate justice and champion of youth-led sustainability solutions.