Youth Voices Project

The Global Environmental Governance Project is accepting essays, op-eds and commentaries for our new “Youth Voices” project.

The project aims to foster a healthy discussion on important environmental issues, while at the same time promoting young student scholars and their ideas. The first published essay is by Ramon Lorenzo Luis R. Guinto , who argues that “Climate change is, first and foremost, a health issue”.

The Youth Voices section is not looking for academic writings, but rather opinion articles and commentaries about contemporary environmental issues. We will consider offerings on a range of topics, including proposed solutions to major environmental problems such as climate change, assessing the state of environmental governance and prospects for political reform, strategies for effective advocacy and outreach, and reviews of contemporary books or literature on sustainability issues.

Writings should be between 500 – 2000 words. Please submit writings via  Word document or by pasting the text directly into an e-mail. Please also include a brief bio with your name, any relevant institutional affiliations and  major research interests.

Articles that are selected for publication will be posted at the website for the Global Environmental Governance Project at, along with the brief biography of the author.

Submissions and/or queries about the project can be sent to

GEG Youth Voices Contributions

“On Governance and Forests”, April 21, 2011.

By Gabriela Bueno de Almeida Moraes


Excerpt: “International forest protection is in urgent need of a better coordinated GEG system. In addition to not having a forest-focused multilateral environmental agreement (MEA), the current regime is highly fragmented and is regulated by a number of binding and non-binding agreements ranging from general principles and goals to timber trade rules.”

“Mother Earth Does Not Care About Relative Figures”, March 22, 2011.

By Anna Zajc


Excerpt: “A change in consumption patterns is absolutely necessary, and the change towards better consumption includes less consumption, with lesser resources taken from nature. Without decreasing the overall resource usage, we are on the path towards depleting the reserve that we are living of.”

“The Role of Monitoring in Global Environmental Governance”, December 26, 2010.

By Walker Young


Excerpt: “Listening to the highlights from the Executive Director’s Panel at the 2009 GEG Forum, what is perhaps most striking is the consensus that there is no strategic plan to guide the way forward for environmental governance. When Ms. Dowdeswell claims that “we don’t have either quantitative or qualitative goals that can be measured”, she is confirming that the major GEG institutions have failed to undertake a vital activity during their respective plans of work: establishing a monitoring framework.”

Again, Climate Change is a Health Issue“, November 9, 2010.

By Ramon Lorenzo Luis R. Guinto


Excerpt: “My message is clear and direct: Climate change is, first and foremost, a health issue. This is not an original concept—dozens of papers from all over the world have already explained the impact of climate change on human health. In 2009, the commission formed by Lancet and the University College London (UCL) called climate change “the biggest global health threat of the 21st century”—proof that human health and the environment are by design interconnected and inseparable.”