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The planet and the conferences are running out

In a world where we need to reduce pollution and make urgent changes, do Climate Conferences offer us a solution? I am Alejandro Luque, a 19-year-old from Guayaquil, Ecuador. I define myself as an activist and artist who is passionate about art, culture, environmental conservation, education, people's rights, and mental health. 


Since 2016, I have had many problems with my mental health; and I realized that environmental damage significantly altered my emotions and well-being. In 2018, I became an activist and started to do research about the environment, education, and mental health. I have even motivated my family and friends and convinced them to change their thoughts about reuse and waste management. I have always felt very connected to the planet and all the beings living on it.  


In 2021, I transformed my social networks to educate my community on these topics. In addition, I started a podcast, where I interview experts to talk about education, the environment, and mental health. In the same year, I joined the Major Group of Children and Youth with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP-MGCY), where I collaborated in consultations and processes for youth in Latin American and around the world, as well as being part of the Youth Environment Assembly.