IYCN was founded in 2008 as a coalition of young people & youth-oriented organisations to take action on climate change. IYCN considers its biggest achievement to be the personal transformation of each individual who participates in the network’s activities as well as its contribution in bringing the climate debate to the mainstream.
The idea to start something new, something bold came about on noticing the lack of representation of Indian youth in the UNFCCC COP international climate negotiations in Bali, 2007. A country as large as India with one of the highest youth populations in the world was missing from the world forum of one of the most pressing issues of 21st century.
Starting with a youth summit on climate change & people’s survey of Delhi’s BRT Corridor with CSE, IYCN sent its first ever youth delegation of 8 members to CO14 in Poznan, Poland. Since then, more than 35 members of IYCN have participated and contributed in key policy deliberations at COPs.
IYCN‘s outreach hit it big when 12 members of the network went on a Climate Solutions Road Tour for 40 days in January 2009 from Chennai to Delhi meeting 300,000 college and school students on the way. The Climate Leadership Trainings, Solar Punch music concerts, and documentation of climate solutions found on the way were the highlights of the tour. The team also met the then Hon’ble President of India, Ms Pratibha Patil.
The network was registered as a not-for-profit national society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 in 2009.
Since then, IYCN members from various chapters have been meeting at the beginning of every year for Planning Weekend and giving their voluntary time for various activities at the city, village & national level.
As a growing youth network also seeking to learn from other’s experience, IYCN has partnered with various entities for campaigns & projects such as:
- UNDP, UN Habitat
- Infosys, REVA, Moser Baer, ERM, HSBC
- EDF, 350.org, WWF, Oxfam, HBF, Cerana Foundation, CSM, CSE, CEE, CANSA, GCCA
- SEEDS, TYPF, Music Basti
- BBMP Bangalore, FCIK J&K
- NSIT, IIT-G, AES
The network’s aim is to knowledge-enable Indian youth as well as encourage countrywide bonding for collective action on matters of climate, ecology and environment.