In Poland, Youth Run Winning Race Against Dirty Coal

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Polish Youth Climate Network

In Poland, Youth Run Winning Race Against Dirty Coal

Background and context for the video courtesy of's Jamie Henn:

On the first day of the U.N. Climate Meetings in Warsaw, young people from around the world joined with the newly formed Polish Youth Climate Network to release a climate video mocking the coal industry and promoting a clean energy future.

The title of the video, “Race for Energy Independence,” is a play on the Race for Independence, a running race that takes place on November 11 in Warsaw every year to commemorate Polish independence. 

In the video, young people compete in a race for the future against the coal industry, who trip up the athletes, make them cough with pollution, and fight amongst themselves. In contrast, the young people work together to move forward, even extending a helping hand to their coal industry counterparts. 

The yearly UN climate negotiations are known as the Conference of the Parties—this is COP19—and young people and activists have already labeled this year’s meetings the “Coal COP” because of the Polish government’s decision to co-host with the World Coal Association a major international coal summit alongside the climate conference.


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