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Unique AI-generated youth messages from the future urge climate action ahead of COP28

Generative AI transforms young climate advocates from all over the world into older versions of themselves – speaking from 2050 to make world leaders listen.



STOCKHOLM, NOVEMBER 30, 2023 – We Don’t Have Time, the world’s largest social network for climate solutions, launches Future Voices– an innovative AI-powered initiative through which global youth come together to demand urgent climate action, including setting an end date to fossil fuels.
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Using Generative AI, young climate advocates worldwide have been aged to represent themselves in the year 2050. This transformation allows them to send compelling messages from the future, underscoring the urgency of their concerns. These messages have also shaped a pledge, urging decision-makers to phase out fossil fuels, accelerate the energy transition, and invest in low-carbon solutions before it’s too late. This pledge will be delivered directly to world leaders at COP28.
”World leaders are not listening to the younger generation, so what if we turn young climate advocates into older versions of themselves – into their future voices? Then the demand for ending fossils and accelerating solutions can’t be ignored. We encourage everyone to support this message”, says David Olsson, COO, We Don’t Have Time.
As part of the Future Voices initiative, We Don’t Have Time is also inviting all youth to take part in COP28, held in Dubai between November 30 and December 12, 2023, through the digital Youth Empowerment Hub. We Don’t Have Time will host daily broadcasts during COP28, and activities in the hub, from December 1 through December 11. Youths will facilitate and moderate the sessions, giving participants the opportunity to interact with climate leaders and decision-makers.
”We are very proud and happy to be able to offer this opportunity for young people to get access to the most important climate negotiations of the year and deliver their messages to world leaders. It would not have been possible without our incredible community of youth climate advocates”, says David Olsson.
Today, 84% of all young people (16-25 years old) say that the climate crisis is affecting their mental health. More than 3 in 4 also find the future frightening and feel a sense of betrayal by adults in general and governments in particular to address their concerns.
“In the fight against the climate crisis, including and listening to young people is crucial. Future Voices and the Youth Hub make the discussions at COP28 more inclusive. World leaders hold not only our future in their hands, they also hold our present, because we are already today affected by the climate crisis. And, frankly, it is youth who most of the time bring bold ideas and the unfiltered truth to the e discussions about the future of humanity. Discussions that for 30 years haven't been able to even mention "oil" in their agreements", says Andreas Magnusson, youth climate advocate and one of the Future Voices.


Access all campaign material in this folder. Our Future Voices:

  • Farzana Faruk Jhumu, Bangladesh – Climate Advocate, Fridays for Future, Feminist Action Coalition for Climate Justice
  • Nikka Gerona, Philippines – Co-Chair of the Regional Young People’s Action Team for UNICEF in East Asia and Pacific, UNICEF Advocacy Champion and UN Youth Delegate
  • Isaias Hernandez, USA – Environmental Justice Educator and Public Speaker, Creator of QueerBrownVegan
  • Valeria Horton, Mexico – Founder of Green Reconnection, Mexican Lead Negotiator for Loss and Damage at COP27
  • Denzel James, Australia – Young Ambassador, Climate Change, UNICEF Australia
  • Madina Kimaro, Tanzania –UNICEF Youth Advocate in Climate Action and Resilience, Climate Change Advocacy Champion for the Tanzania Girl Guides Association
  • Emma Kroese, the Netherlands – Climate Advocate Fridays for Future
  • Ashley Lashley, Barbados – UNICEF Youth Advocate, CARICOM Youth Ambassador Executive Director
  • Geoffrey Mboya, Kenya – Humanitarian, Sustainability Advocate and Youth Advisor of the WeDontHaveTime Foundation
  • Andreas Magnusson, Sweden – Climate Advocate, Moderator, Public Speaker and Organizer, Fridays for Future, Climate Live
  • Sophia Mathur, Canada – Climate Advocate Fridays for Future, Recipient of the 2021 Action For Nature International Award
  • Agustín Ocaña, Ecuador – Founder/Chairperson, Global Youth Coalition
  • Joaquín Salinas Atenas, Chile – Socio-Environmental Artivist (fusion between the words art and activist), UNICEF COP 26 Youth Delegate
  • Anita Soina, Kenya – Climate Advocate and Politician, Global Youth Champion for UN Hosted partnerships on Sanitation and Water for All (SWA)
Learn more : Visit the campaign site at
https://www.futurevoices.info

Access the COP28 Youth Empowerment Hub program


For more information, please contact: David Olsson, COO and co-founder, We Don’t Have Time. david.olsson@wedonthavetime.org
+46 70 925 34 55
About We Don’t Have Time: We Don’t Have Time is a social media network for everyone who wants to be a part of the solution to the climate crisis. If a large enough number of people want change, and if that energy is directed towards those in charge – change comes. But we don’t have time to wait. The social network is operated by the company WeDontHaveTime AB (publ), whose majority shareholder is the WeDontHaveTime Foundation. The Foundation’s principal purpose is to contribute to a reduced climate impact and an ecologically sustainable environment. Our headquarters is located in Stockholm, Sweden.
About Future Voices Future Voices is a not-for-profit initiative by We Don’t Have Time to empower younger generations to push for bold decision-making at the highest level. The initiative is supported by Now This and Chi
Impact Capital.
  • George Kariuki

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    Future Voices serves as a noteworthy example of harnessing technology and youth engagement to drive meaningful action on climate change.

    • Munene Mugambi

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      This is like a message from the future warning us of what happens if climate change is not controlled

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      • Peter Kamau

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        This is very futuristic and indeed visionary from our young people

        • Patrick Kiash

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          A very powerful initiative, that will bring the needed amplified voices that can bring the most needed change. The power of youth matters today and for our tomorrow.

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          • Rotich Kim

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            This is a great miles stone new innovation should be embrace cop28 will bear more fruit to our environment 💪

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            • Abraham Jok Atem

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              Using Generative AI, by the youth is very encouraging

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              • zelda ninga

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                I like it when they get to change themselves into an older version so that they can be heard.

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                • Gorffly mokua

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                  The use of AI-generated youth messages from the future to advocate for climate action ahead of COP28 is an innovative and compelling approach, towards addressing climate change issues!

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