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The objective of this new publication by the United Nations Joint

Framework Initiative on Children, Youth and Climate Change is to
highlight concrete work young people do to incite their
governments and the international community to scale
up action on climate change and raise ambition towards

a post-2020 climate change regime. It is designed as a tool
and a source of inspiration for developing and carrying out projects,

in action on
initiatives and campaigns to increase awareness of the causes and
impacts of climate change, promote sustainable lifestyles and

climate change:
advance green low-carbon development.

inspirations from
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Children, Youth and Climate Change
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Publication coordinated by the United Nations Framework

Convention on Climate Change secretariat

United Nations
Joint Framework Initiative on
Children, Youth and
Climate Change
This publication was prepared
with the financial support from the
European Union and the Swedish
International Development
Cooperation Agency.
Thanks go to the many youth
leaders and youth organizations,
who have contributed to this
endeavour, as well as the members
of the United Nations Joint
Framework Initiative on Children,
Youth and Climate Change.
in action on
climate change:
inspirations from
around the

A publication of the
United Nations Joint Framework Initiative on
Children, Youth and Climate Change

May 2013
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Table of Contents
Climate Change . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Constituency of Youth Non-Governmental Organizations to UNFCCC . . . . . 14
UN Joint Framework Initiative on Children, Youth and Climate Change . . . 16
Bamboo Bicycle Project, Ghana . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Tree Planting, Ethiopia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Production of Biodiesel from Used Vegetable Oil, Barbados . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
ChepeCletas, Costa Rica. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Youth Participation in REDD+, Congo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Rainforest Protection and Disaster Risk Reduction, Guyana . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Investigative Journalists, United Kingdom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Project Jatropha, India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Swimming Lessons for Emergencies, Bangladesh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Youth Adaptation in Xai-Xai City, Mozambique. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Preparing for Natural Disasters, Philippines. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
El Mouddaa Adaptation Initiative, Morocco . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Cyclone Proof Schools, Madagascar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
YouthXchange Initiative . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
YouthXchange in the Mediterranean . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Sandwatch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
Young Masters Programme on Sustainable Development . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
UN CC: Learn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Skills-based Learning Materials and Packages, Nigeria. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
Leadership Programme Young Women for a Greener Future. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Training for Youth on Climate Change, Colombia. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Empower Community of People, Nigeria . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

Power of One Child Global Action Classroom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

Conference of Youth Taiwan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
Junior Ambassador Programme . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
International Youth Conference Tunza 2013 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
Tunza at Rio+20 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Youth Forum on Climate Change. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
National and International Conference for Children and Youth, Brazil . 53
IPCC Fifth Assessment Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
Food Security and Climate Change Campaign . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Energy Saving to Reduce Carbon Emissions, China . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
World Thinking Day Campaign 2012 We Can Save our Planet . . . . . . . . . 59
Young Artists Fellowship for the Environment, Philippines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
Children Advocating United4Climate, Zambia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
Green Jobs Campaign, United Kingdom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
TUNZA Acting for a Better World GEO-5 for Youth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
Environment Protectors Committee, Kuwait . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Voices of Youth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
CC: iNet and the Youth Portal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
I Vote for Climate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
Conference of Youth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Enhancing Youth Participation in the UNFCCC Process . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Towards a Stronger Environment Movement in Africa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
CliMates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
CO2. CR, Costa Rica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
My Little COP Pocketbook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
WAGGGS at COP 18/CMP 8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
Greenbits Initiative . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78


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AMCEN African Ministerial Conference on the Environment
AR5 Fifth Assessment Report
CCADRR Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction
CCDARE Climate Change Adaptation and Development Initiative
CCEE Climate Change and Environmental Education
CC:iNet Climate Change Information Network
CMP Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties
to the Kyoto Protocol
COP Conference of the Parties
COPA Community of People Aspiring-Greatness
COY Conference of Youth
COYTW Conference of Youth, Taiwan
ECI Earth Child Institute
FAO Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
GDP Gross Domestic Product
GEF Global Environment Facility
GEO Global Environmental Outlook
GHG Greenhouse Gases
IPCC Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
JVE Jeunes Volontaires pour lEnvironnement
MDG Millennium Development Goals
MEdIES Mediterranean Education Initiative for Environment
& Sustainability
MIO-ECSDE Mediterranean Information Office for Environment, Culture
and Sustainable Development
NGO Non-Governmental Organization
REDD Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation

SBI Subsidiary Body for Implementation

TWYCC Taiwan Youth Climate Coalition
UKYCC United Kingdom Youth Climate Coalition
UN United Nations
UN CC:Learn One UN Training Service Platform on Climate Change
UNDP United Nations Development Programme
UNEP United Nations Environment Programme
UNESCO United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
UNFCCC United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
UNFCU United Nations Federal Credit Union
UNICEF United Nations Childrens Fund
UNIDO United Nations Industrial Development Organization
UNITAR United Nations Institute for Training and Research
UN-NGLS United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service
UNV United Nations Volunteers
WAGGGS World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts
WHO World Health Organization
WMO World Meteorological Organization
WOSM World Organization of the Scout Movement
WTD World Thinking Day
YAFE Young Artists Fellowship for the Environment
YMP Young Masters Programme on Sustainable Development
YOUNGO The youth constituency under the United Nations Framework
Convention on Climate Change, stands for Youth
Non-Governmental Organization (Youth NGO)
YUNGA Youth and United Nations Global Alliance
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Climate change creates elevated levels of uncertainty about our future and
amid this uncertainty, one thing is certain. We will leave the Earth to our
children, young people and future generations.
Young people are increasingly aware of the challenges and opportunities
that the necessary transition to low carbon growth entails, and many are
joining the global dialogue on solutions, getting involved and taking action.
As young people work across the globe to determine their future by acting
on climate change, their actions inspire us all.
These stories could not come at a better time. Work
by and for
young people is a critical component of raising
political ambition to reach a new, universal
agreement on climate change.
I applaud the work of the United Nations Joint Framework Initiative
on Children, Youth and Climate Change and thank its members for
contributing to this publication. I also thank the European Union and the
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency for their generous
financial support that made this publication possible.
I hope this publication promotes cooperation between the United Nations
and youth organizations and inspires us to leave a better world to our
children than the world we inherited. This is our responsibility and must be
our legacy.

Christiana Figueres
Executive Secretary
United Nations Framework Convention
on Climate Change
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The world is experiencing a rising youth* population.
This new generation has an increasingly strong social and environmental
awareness, the energy and knowledge to lead our societies towards a low carbon
and climate resilient future. Young people are actively engaged at local, national
and global levels in raising awareness, running educational programmes,
conserving our nature, promoting renewable energy, adopting environmentally-
friendly practices and implementing adaptation and mitigation projects. The
work undertaken with and by youth is crucial in influencing governments to
come to an agreement on a new climate change regime by 2015.
This publication Youth in Action on Climate Change: Inspirations from
around the World is a collaborative effort of the United Nations Joint
Framework Initiative on Children, Youth and Climate Change aiming at
highlighting concrete activities young people are leading around the world.
It has been produced as a tool and a source of inspiration for designing and
carrying out climate change projects, initiatives and campaigns.

The publication is divided into five chapters, namely:

Uncovering mitigation potential showcasing initiatives to reduce
greenhouse gases emissions;
Gearing up for the storm relating to adaptation and disaster
risk reduction projects;
Nurturing youth leaders presenting activities in education, training and
Spreading the message highlighting awareness raising campaigns and
materials; and
Shaping up the future climate change regime presenting examples of
youth participation in climate change policy-making.
A list of useful resources and materials for youth is included at the end.

* For the purpose of this publication, youth refers to both children below the age of 18 years and to young people
between 18 and 24 years of age.
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It is hoped that this publication will be of benefit for children and

youth around the world. Todays youth represent the present and their
contributions are essential to advance green, low emission and climate
resilient development for the future.

It is time for change, time to act.

Motivated young people all over the world are doing amazing work to
address climate change on the ground and push their governments to do more. It
is crucial to share information and experiences about the projects, programmes
and campaigns that work best so that others can learn from and replicate them
without having to reinvent the wheel. The European Union is pleased to have
provided financial support for this very useful publication. I hope it will inspire
many more young people to take climate action and help create pressure for the
ambitious international agreement we all need.
Connie Hedegaard
European Union Commissioner for
Climate Action

The rapid environmental change humanity is foisting on the

planet demands that human beings not only think in terms of weeks, years and
decades but across generations perhaps for the first time in the history of mankind
- this is no more clearly underlined than in the area of climate change where the
choices made today will determine the likely climate across centuries. Thus it is
clear and right that the children and youth of this world have a say in their future,
not just because of the expected future impacts but because their creativity,
ability to define and deliver answers and downright determination could make
a significant difference in avoiding the worst outcomes of climate change which
currently appear to elude the existing generation of leaders across governments,
cities, corporations and adult citizens.
Achim Steiner
United Nations Under-Secretary General and
Executive Director of the United Nations
EnvironmentPr ogramme

Education is the most powerful path to sustainability. Economic and techno-

logical solutions, political regulations or financial incentives are not enough. We
need a fundamental change in the way we think and act. We know this is a tall order.
This calls for revising curricula and learning objectives. This calls for teaching and
learning about climate change, about disaster risk reduction, about biodiversity.1

Irina Bokova
Director-General of the United Nations Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organization
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Climate Change
Human activities, such as the use of fossil fuels, deforestation and
unsustainable agriculture have been substantially increasing the
atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases. These increases enhance
the natural greenhouse effect, which will result in additional warming
of the Earths surface and atmosphere and may adversely affect natural
ecosystems and humankind.

According to the United Nations Framework It decreases the availability of nutritious

Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) food and clean water, and destroys
definition2, climate change is a change ecosystems and safe living environments.
of climate which is attributed directly or This leads to malnutrition, ill health and
indirectly to human activity that alters the migration, rendering youth particularly
composition of the global atmosphere and vulnerable. The impacts of climate change
which occurs in addition to natural climate include, inter alia, melting glaciers, sea level
variability observed over comparable time rise and an increase in the frequency of
periods. Climate change is affecting natural, extreme weather events such as droughts,
social and economic systems. cyclones or heavy rainfalls3.

Fighting climate change is not about polar bears.

Its about me and about us, its about love and about trust.
Youth attending the Regional Workshop on the Implementation of Article 6 of
the UNFCCC in Africa, 2010, The Gambia

The most visible evidence of climate change has been the melting
of up to 40% of the Arctic Sea ice over the Northern Hemisphere
Economists predict that damage from climate impacts may amount to
as much as 5% of the World GDP by 2100 and if a wider range of risks
and impacts is taken into account, the estimates of damage could rise
to 20% of GDP or more.
The 2001-2010 has been the warmest decade on record, with CO2
concentration levels having increased over the same period.
The long-term achievement of global climate goals will only be
possible through the aggressive reduction of anthropogenic CO2

Source: GEO-5 for Youth 4

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Constituency of Youth
Organizations to UNFCCC
In response to the growing number of youth organizations engaged in the
intergovernmental climate change process, in 2009 the UNFCCC secretariat
extended constituency status to admitted youth non-governmental
organizations (NGOs) allowing them to receive official information,
participate in meetings, request speaking slots and receive logistical support
at UNFCCC conferences.

In only four years, UNFCCC Constituency Currently, YOUNGO includes over 2,000
of Youth Non-Governmental Organizations individual members and many youth
(YOUNGO) has developed into a vibrant organizations around the world. Its overall
network of youth activists, through which goal is to empower young people so that
youth make their voices heard and actively they may have a say at the UNFCCC
contribute to shaping the intergovernmental conferences, as well as to promote youth
climate change policies. At the UNFCCC participation in specific projects at the
conferences, YOUNGO makes official local and national levels in areas such as
statements, provides technical and policy education, public awareness, mitigation,
inputs to negotiation groups, engages adaptation, women and gender, and
with decision-makers through high-level technology transfer.
meetings and in informal settings and
raises awareness through various advocacy
activities. Youth participation has brought Name of constituency:
moral, intergenerational and equity-based Constituency of Youth Non-Governmental
values as well as constructive technical and Organizations (YOUNGO)
policy inputs to the negotiations. Names of contact persons:
Jamie Peters, Liangyi Chang

YOUNGO works through the year, engaging young people from all around the
world in climate solutions. Meeting at the COP gives us the opportunity to learn
from each other and take lessons back to our own countries. Workbooks, guides to
the COP and online policy training have all been created by young people for young
people. We will continue to work tirelessly at the local, national and global levels to
do our bit to raise ambition towards a post-2020 climate change regime.
Jamie Peters
YOUNGO Focal Point
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United Nations
Joint Framework
Initiative on
Children, Youth and
Climate Change
The United Nations system recognizes the key role that youth play in
tackling climate change and works closely with youth-led and youth-
focussed organizations around the world through the United Nations
Joint Framework Initiative on Children, Youth and Climate Change (Joint
Framework Initiative). Since 2008, the Joint Framework Initiative has been
coordinating efforts of 16 intergovernmental entities and many youth
organizations to empower youth to take adaptation and mitigation actions
and enhance effective participation of youth in climate change policy
decision-making processes.

Intergovernmental entities that are members of the

Joint Framework Initiative include:
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations;
United Nations Childrens Fund;
United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity;
United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification;
United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs -
Division for Sustainable Development;
United Nations Development Programme;
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization;
United Nations Environment Programme;
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change;
United Nations Human Settlements Programme;
United Nations Institute for Training and Research;
United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service;
United Nations Population Fund;
United Nations Programme on Youth;
United Nations Volunteers; and
The World Bank.

Non-governmental organizations that are The UNFCCC secretariat coordinates the work
members of the Joint Framework Initiative of the Joint Framework Initiative and organizes
include the British Council; Earth Child regular meetings and teleconference calls so
Institute; TakingITGlobal; SustainUS; and that members can share first-hand information
the World Association of Girl Guides and on their youth-related projects, events, activities,
Girl Scouts. YOUNGO also participates in publications, educational tools, campaigns and
the Joint Framework Initiative through its opportunities. The meetings and teleconference
two focal points. calls also serve to facilitate coordinated action
by youth organizations and other members of
Many members of the Joint Framework the Joint Framework Initiative.
Initiative actively implement various youth-
targeted programmes and activities, such as Name of organization:
United Nations Framework Convention on
the development of national climate change Climate Change secretariat (UNFCCC)
educational programmes, the creation of
Names of contact persons:
environmental awareness campaigns, and Alla Metelitsa, Moritz Weigel
the development of learning materials for E-mail:
formal and non-formal learning contexts. ametelitsa@unfccc.int, mweigel@unfccc.int
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Mitigation is one of the two central
approaches in the international climate
change process. Mitigation involves human interventions
to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases by sources or enhance
their removal from the atmosphere by sinks. A sink refers to forests,
vegetation or soils that can reabsorb CO2. Carbon dioxide is the largest
contributing gas to the greenhouse effect. In the 200 years since 1800,
levels of CO2 in the atmosphere have risen by over 30%. Since levels of
greenhouse gases are currently rising even more steeply, leading to the most
dramatic change in the atmospheres composition in at least 650,000 years,
international action on mitigation is urgently required.5


2001-2010 was the warmest decade on record since modern
temperature monitoring began around 160 years ago. The global
combined land-air surface and sea-surface mean temperature for the
decade is estimated at 0.47C (0.8F) above the 1961-1990 average of
14.0C (57.2F). Globally, 2010 is estimated to be the warmest year
ever recorded since modern measurement began, closely followed by
2005. No single year since 1985 has recorded a below-average mean.

Source: WMO6
Chapter 1. Uncovering mitigation potential 19


Carbon dioxide (CO2), the single most important greenhouse gas
emitted by human activities, is responsible for 85% of the increase in
radioactive forcing over the past decade (water vapour is also a powerful
GHG but human activities affect its levels indirectly). The amount of
CO2 in the atmosphere reached 390.9 parts per million in 2011, or 140%
of the pre-industrial level of 280 parts per million. Methane (CH4) is
the second most important long-lived greenhouse gas. Atmospheric
methane reached a new high of about 1813 parts per billion (ppb) in
2011, or 259% of the pre-industrial level, due to increased emissions from
man-made sources. Nitrous oxide (N2O) is emitted into the atmosphere
by both natural (about 60%) and man-made sources (approximately
40%), including oceans, soil, biomass burning, fertilizer use, and various
industrial processes. Its atmospheric concentration in 2011 was about
324.2 parts per billion, which is 1.0 ppb above the previous year and
120% of the pre-industrial level.

Source: WMO7
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Bamboo Bicycle Ten unemployed young In addition, the increased

Project, Ghana people were trained and cultivation and use of bamboo
offered full-time jobs as an alternative to wood
in manufacturing and is helping the preservation
The objective of this project assembling bamboo bikes and rehabilitation of the
is to promote a healthy, at the bamboo bike factory communitys dwindling
non-polluting form of at Achiase, which also forests. As a result, the District
alternative transport to meet serves as a training centre. Assembly and the Newmont
growing mobility needs Mining Company in Ghana
while addressing climate The construction of are promoting this technology.
change, environmental bamboo bikes is much less In 2012 the project won
degradation, poverty, and energy intensive than the several awards, including the
high unemployment among production of steel bikes. Samsung Generations for
the youth. So far the project During the production Peace Award.
has acquired 2.44 acres of of a steel frame, about 5
land, established a bamboo kg of carbon dioxide are Name of organization:
plantation and a nursery emitted, and while bamboo Bright Generation
with the capacity to produce can be directly recycled, Community Foundation with
10,000 seedlings and steel requires additional support from the UNDP-
purchased 15,000 bamboo implemented GEF Small
energy inputs for recycling. Grants Programme
seedlings for start-up. Bamboo plantations
Participating youth received Name of contact person:
absorb CO2 and generate George Ortsin
technical guidance on up to 35% more oxygen
planting and maintenance than an equivalent stand GeorgeO@unops.org
of bamboo. of trees.
Chapter 1. Uncovering mitigation potential 21

Tree Planting, involved 50,000 school regions. To date, 2,812

Ethiopia children through school
environmental clubs in
teachers have been trained
and the CCEE Manual
planting 50,000 trees in the developed to support
The twentieth century region of Addis Ababa. Tree environmental science
witnessed a dramatic planting is both a mitigation lessons and club activities.
and drastic reduction in and an adaptation measure. It has been printed in
Ethiopias forest cover from Tree planting also benefits Amharic for distribution to
an estimated 40% coverage children and schools by schools in Addis Ababa and
to less than 2% today. This preventing land erosion also adapted and translated
huge loss of trees has and protecting against wind into Somali.
contributed to a reduction and dust in yards, both of
in the quality of life for which could increase due
most Ethiopians. UNICEF to an increase in rainfall
Name of organization:
Ethiopias Millennium and temperature variations United Nations Childrens
Tree Planting Campaign is caused by climate change. Fund (UNICEF)
part of UNEPs worldwide E-mail:
Billion Tree Campaign, Innovative Climate Change education@unicef.org
which engages the public and Environmental Video:
in planting trees to promote Education (CCEE) was www.unicef.org/ethiopia/
the protection of the introduced through lessons ET_PR_07_tree_ben.pdf
environment. Through and environmental clubs Website:
this project, UNICEF in 562 schools in seven www.unicef.org
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Production of Club collected used The students learned about

Biodiesel from vegetable oil from their climate change, recycling,
Used Vegetable homes and communities renewable energy and also
Oil, Barbados and handed it over to the
Sole Proprietorship, who
participated in business
training workshops.
then produced biodiesel and
The Lester Vaughan glycerine from the oil and To demonstrate the use
Secondary School in paid the Environmental Club of biodiesel in generators
Barbados with 1,100 for the PEP bottles as well as and for income-generating
students implemented a for each litre of biodiesel and activities, the private sector
project to raise awareness glycerine sold. The income donated a popcorn machine
among youth about the generated through the sale and a diesel generator,
use of biodiesel as an of biodiesel was shared which are managed by the
environmentally friendly with the students and their schools Environmental
alternative fuel for diesel school in order to conduct Club. The generator ran
vehicles. The members of other environmental and on the biodiesel produced
the schools Environmental community activities. and the funds from the
Chapter 1. Uncovering mitigation potential 23

sale of popcorn were used In addition, 592 litres of Name of organization:

to develop additional glycerine, another useful by- Lester Vaughan Secondary
School with support from
environmental activities. product from the conversion the UNDP-implemented
of used vegetable oil to GEF Small Grants
As a result of the project, biodiesel, were produced. Programme
a total of 3,943 litres of Name of contact person:
oil were collected, which The students gained more Nicole Garofano
would have otherwise been awareness regarding E-mail:
disposed of in sink drains or recycling and were able futurecentre@sunbeach.net
in another environmentally to earn a significant
unfriendly manner. A total income to expand their
of 3,154 litres of biodiesel climate actions. The school
were produced and used received an award from the
to fuel diesel vehicles, government for this project.
resulting in the reduction of
approximately 6,000 tons of
CO2 emissions.
24 Youth in action on climate change: inspirations from around the world

ChepeCletas, and transportation within ChepeCletas has managed

Costa Rica the city as a means to to engage more than 10,000
build a stronger and more people in its activities in
sustainable community. the city and has rekindled
ChepeCletas is a social an interest in the city as a
enterprise run by Its activities are organized cultural, financial and social
young, dynamic and by youth and include center. Through education,
innovative people that everything from guided infrastructure development
helps demonstrate the night walks and bicycle and a strong cultural
potential we have as rides to open-air movie change, ChepeCletas
individuals to contribute viewings, conversation visualizes a new city where
to a more sustainable nights, free concerts and public space and transport
future. Launched in 2010 organized dances within San becomes truly democratic
as a response to Costa Jos. Planned activities are and allow for a cleaner
Ricas goal of being effectively communicated and more accessible city
carbon neutral by the through social networking that will boost Costa Rica
year 2021, ChepeCletas media as well as the national towards its carbon neutral
focuses on developing and and international press. goal.
implementing strategies ChepeCletas has formed
in San Jos, Costa strong cooperation with Name of organization:
Ricas capital city, that the local government and ChepeCletas
decrease the dependency the institute of tourism and Name of contact person:
on private automobile has worked jointly with Roberto Guzmn Fernandez
use while promoting the Dutch and German E-mail:
walking, biking and public embassies, UN-Habitat and roberto@chepecletas.com
transport. ChepeCletas the United Nations High Website:
considers commuting Commissioner on Refuges. www.chepecletas.com
Chapter 1. Uncovering mitigation potential 25

Youth the organization of four

Participation in workshops with local youth
REDD+, Congo organizations and local
communities, four tree
planting campaigns and
The project started in 2012 the implementation of two
with the overarching goal of tree nurseries in Burhale
mobilizing Congolese youth and Nzibira Villages. To
to contribute to REDD+ date, 1525 trees have been
(Reducing Emissions from planted.
Deforestation and Forest
Degradation), particularly Name of organization:
in South Kivu city. The JeunesVolontaires
de GrandsLacs pour
project deals with the lEnvironnement
promotion of conservation
Name of contact person:
and sustainable Prince Wilondja Wabilima
management of forests
and the enhancement wilsonprincew@yahoo.fr
of forest carbon stocks. Website:
Project activities include www.jevograle.over-blog.org

As Africans we should adopt a resolution that global warming

is there, and we should look after, and conserve our environment for
future generations as we also remember that its one thing to plant a
tree and another to make it survive.
Paul from Uganda
Voices of Youth, UNICEF
26 Youth in action on climate change: inspirations from around the world

Rainforest healthcare, nutritional food, to protect and preserve

Protection and safe water and sanitation. To the environment. It also
Disaster Risk ensure continued protection promotes environmental
Reduction, of the forest as a means of awareness through child-
Guyana mitigating climate change,
a project was designed
to-child educational
programmes between
aiming at improving health, Amerindian children and
Guyana makes a vast hygiene and environmental children in the developed
contribution to climate management among world, which focus on the
change mitigation thanks Amerindian populations. A importance of protecting
to standing rainforests that child-to-child educational standing rainforests.
encompass over 80% of its programme engages with,
surface and absorb carbon and empowers, Amerindian Name of organization:
emissions. However, central children as stewards of United Nations Childrens
Guyanas Amerindian the rainforest region. This
populations, who act as programme links healthy E-mail:
primary custodians for the lifestyles through hygiene
rainforest, significantly lack education with local action www.unicef.org


Design a No junk mail sign and put it on your letterbox.
Collect your scrap paper. Use it for drawing and notes.
Buy and use recycled paper.
For school and other activities use as little paper as possible photocopy
and print on both sides. Print only if really needed. Use e-mail.

Source: FAO Food Security and Climate Change Challenge Badge8

Chapter 1. Uncovering mitigation potential 27

Investigative over 4,000 tree saplings; equivalent were saved

Journalists, developing a battery- by recycling 24,460
United Kingdom recycling scheme for used newspapers into 615 paper
briquettes. The schools
batteries; installing timers
on lights and computers electricity bill was reduced
In 2011, six high school as part of a switch on to by 1,066.47 compared
students from the Isle of switching off programme to April/November 2010.
Man in the British Isles to teach children about the Over 1,600 was raised for
were awarded a trip to The importance of switching Concern Universal. The
Gambia to see the work off lights and appliances; school was ranked first out
that Concern Universal, setting up an online of more than 14,000 schools
a development charity learning forum, with most for sustainable credentials
organization, was doing homework now done online; in Pod, EDFs Energy
there. The students saw first- meeting with the local Programme for greener
hand the impacts of climate bus corporation to ensure schools.
change in The Gambia, that bus travel remains a
which include salinization viable option for children Name of organization:
and desertification, leading who have previously United Nations
Environment Programme
to reduced agricultural been driven by car to (UNEP)
production. school; educating through
Name of contact persons:
blogging; fundraising for Naomi Poulton,
The students realized that Concern Universal through Joyce Sang
carbon dioxide emissions bake sales, assemblies E-mail:
produced on one side of the and talks, and organizing children.youth@unep.org
world are causing negative a Gambian Evening. The Website:
consequences on the other funds acquired from these www.unep.org
side and decided to start a activities will be used to
project aiming at reducing support projects that will
their schools environmental combat salinization and
impact. Taking the example desertification in The
of their Gambian friends, Gambia and/or help people
the six students decided adapt to living with these
that educating children problems.
is the most effective way
of spreading information Successes achieved by this
regarding practical ways initiative include the off-
to reduce personal carbon setting of carbon dioxide
footprints. They set up an emissions created by
Eco-Committee to pilot a transportation of students
series of initiatives at the to Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II High High School by planting
School. Activities developed an equivalent number of
include the planting trees. 1,104 kg of woodland
28 Youth in action on climate change: inspirations from around the world

Every single person should do their bit to contribute to the global

fight against climate change. You can start from your home or school;
No action taken to reduce your carbon footprint is too small;
it eventually adds up to something big;
Education, especially starting from school level, is the key to
developing a sustainability-based culture.

Source: Lessons learnt, Investigative Journalists project, United Kingdom

Project Jatropha, the WHO Framework Project Jatropha, an

India Convention on Tobacco international non-profit
Control, and aims to cut collaboration. They
tobacco cultivation by facilitated the collaboration
Adarsha Shivakumar and half by the year 2020. between Labland Biotechs,
Apoorva Rangan are two Farmers fear that the a plant biotechnology
young siblings from USA compensation money being company located some 45
who visit their grandparents offered by the Government kilometers from tobacco
in India very often. When for moving away from cultivation villages, and
they visited villages in the tobacco cultivation may with Parivarthana, an NGO
Hunsur Taluk area in South not last long. Therefore, an working in rural poverty
India, they realized that alternative commercial crop alleviation, environmental
many farmers grow tobacco had to be found. Jatropha protection and sustainable
for a living as it is one of curcas, a small perennial rural development.
the few crops that generates shrub with oil-rich seeds,
income there. However, the was the answer. The plant The Project Jatrophas
processing of raw tobacco met the four criteria that any activities include the
leaves in the kilns (barns) biofuel should meet: it must holding of town-hall
requires firewood. This has have a large positive energy meetings with farmers to
forced farmers to cut down input, must not destroy introduce Project Jatropha
local tree cover and forests. biodiversity-rich land, must and training them in the
Furthermore, the burning of not release large amounts agronomics of Jatropha;
the tobacco leaves produces of carbon dioxide when demonstration tours related
a large amount of carbon grown, and must not solve to Jatropha plantation and
dioxide and other pollutants. one problem only to create the extraction of biofuel;
There are other problems another. and facilitation of Q&A
associated with tobacco between the Labland
cultivation. The Indian In December 2007, Adarsha scientists, field workers of
Government signed and Apoorva co-founded Partivarthana and farmers.
Chapter 1. Uncovering mitigation potential 29

13,000 Jatropha seedlings Jatropha plants given to Jatropha helps alleviate

from Labland Biotechs farmers produced seeds greenhouse gas emissions.
have been purchased and and income for the farmers A mature Jatropha plant is
distributed to 40 farmers who can no longer rely a carbon sink, as two plants
in two villages. They on tobacco as their cash absorb one metric ton of
purchased the Jatropha crop, and thus reduced CO2 annually. The seedlings
seeds harvest at market deforestation. provided will remove 6,500
price, extracted biofuel tons of CO2 annually.
at Labland Biotechs and Assuming each Jatropha
distributed it to farmers of plant produces 2.5 kilograms Name of organization:
two neighbouring villages. of seeds, the total seed yield United Nations
Environment Programme
The biofuel was used by would be around 30,000 kg. (UNEP)
farmers in their irrigation
Name of contact persons:
pumps as test runs. As Jatropha seeds are Naomi Poulton,
30% oil, 2,700 gallons of Joyce Sang
Farmers agreed to biofuel can be produced E-mail:
participate in the next phase annually. By producing a children.youth@unep.org
of the project following clean alternative fuel that Website:
successful test runs. 13,000 has a high demand, Project www.unep.org
30 Youth in action on climate change: inspirations from around the world

Gearing up
for the Storm

The international scientific community

has established that climate change will
cause negative impacts on natural and
managed ecosystems, the operation of
socio-economic systems as well as human
health and welfare. The initiatives and measures to reduce the
vulnerability of natural and human systems against actual or expected climate
change effects are known as adaptation. Without this, the vulnerability to the
negative effects of climate extremes will be substantially increased and will
cause the population to suffer more, particularly those living in countries that
are most vulnerable to adverse effects of climate change.
The most vulnerable countries are generally those that are the least
developed, and the most vulnerable social groups include children, women
and the elderly. As adaptation has a local character, the role of children and
youth in raising awareness and implementing initiatives in line with local
needs and realities is a must for an effective implementation of adaptation.

The world as we have seen today is faced with many problems.

Mostly, we the children are affected, our schools are flooded, roads are
impassable, the food basket is affected which in turn brings about hunger.
Well, in order to adapt to the occurrence of these floods, measures have to
be put in place. We can help build floating schools, houses and gardens,
improve the drainage system in our communities. Well, its from these
things that change will occur.
Perry from Zambia
Voices of Youth, UNICEF
Chapter 2. Gearing up for the storm 31

Swimming frequent flooding and associated with the changing

Lessons for rising sea levels due climate and environment,
Emergencies, to climate change. UNICEF Bangladeshs
Bangladesh Proportionate to the
population size, more
SwimSafe programme provides
swimming lessons for many
children die each year young children to stay safe.
The extensive water-based from drowning in
topography of rivers, deltas, Bangladesh than in any
rice paddies and ponds in other country in the world
Name of organization:
Bangladesh poses a high (some 17,000 children United Nations Childrens
risk of drowning for local drown there each year). Fund (UNICEF)
children. E-mail:
To reduce risks associated education@unicef.org
In recent years, this risk with child drowning Video:
has amplified due to an and enable children and www.unicef.org/infobycountry/
increase in the frequency adolescents to survive bangladesh_51056.html
and intensity of cyclones, and thrive in the face of Website:
extreme weather patterns, chronic flood disaster www.unicef.org
32 Youth in action on climate change: inspirations from around the world

Youth Adaptation information needed for development of a local

in Xai-Xai City, them to understand the block-making industry
Mozambique future potential impacts which has opened up new
employment opportunities
of climate change in the
local context. Sustainable serving the local economy.
In January 2010, UNEP, and economic techniques
through its climate to address local issues Following the success of
change and development were introduced, such as this initiative, the local
programme (CCDARE), of building barrier walls government authority
supported the Municipal with blocks filled with soil developed a partnership
Council of XaiXai in the retaining plant species with with a local university
design of adaptation multiple functions along the Univercidade Pedagogica
techniques to assist the affected areas; stabilizing - Delegacao de Gaza to
inhabitants in adapting to the infrastructure; repelling promote the experience
the higher risk of pluvial mosquitoes and snakes; through the integration into
topsoil erosion resulting and providing a visually the university curriculum,
from higher and more appealing environment encouraging communities
erratic rainfall. The project which has since become a and stakeholders to put
aimed to help communities space used as a recreational more efforts into the local
acquire knowledge on park and a tourist attraction level management of land,
how to adapt to climate in itself. Youth were at the environment and natural
change challenges and to forefront of this project. resources.
provide the socio-economic Youth groups helped
construct barriers, which
halted soil erosion and
improved soil fertility in
the area, leading to higher Name of organization:
agricultural production. Concelho Municipal da
Over 15,000 youth in Cidade de Xai-Xai
affected neighborhoods E-mail:
have directly benefitted Victor Batista Chiconela
from this project. Masonry Video:
techniques/skills acquired vchiconela@yahoo.com.br
by youth involved in Website:
this initiative led to the www.unep.org

Africa should play a big role in reversing global warming since

we are the most affected of all continents. This begins with you and
me because we are the immediate neighbors to the environment. We
should stop disposal of garbage without concern. Garbage should be
disposed at the right places.
Eso from Kenya
Voices of Youth, UNICEF
Chapter 2. Gearing up for the storm 33

Preparing for succession, which had never risk when a disaster strikes.
Natural Disasters, before happened in the Aligned with the Climate
Philippines country. Change Act of 2009, UNICEF
has supported local actions
UNICEF Philippines and empowerment of children
The Philippines is a country supports a local NGO to in local communities to
consisting of about 7,000 map new risks of natural build resilience and capacity
islands, meaning it has disasters posed by climate to adapt to increasing
a natural environment change in the country. prevalence of natural
that makes it particularly UNICEF also works on disasters. Children take
vulnerable to changes in disaster preparedness in part in the facilitators pool
climate and associated the region, alongside other where adults and children
natural disasters. There UN agencies. Specifically, work together to conduct
is a frequent risk of UNICEF builds schools school and community based
typhoons and floods; it is that can withstand weather activities.
not uncommon to have 6 events such as typhoons so
typhoons in a year. that childrens education Name of organization:
is not interrupted in United Nations Childrens
Climate change is likely the aftermath of natural Fund (UNICEF)
to have an effect on the disasters. It also delivers E-mail:
frequency and severity disaster preparedness education@unicef.org
of these typhoons. For education in schools to Video:
example, in 2006 there were ensure that children know www.youtube.com/unicefuk?
3 supertyphoons in quick what to do and are not at v=2PijwH6Mtgc&lr=1
34 Youth in action on climate change: inspirations from around the world

El Mouddaa community better deal flow and damages to village

Adaptation with current and future infrastructure and buried
Initiative, climate challenges. While the main irrigation line to
Morocco the elders are the local
authority, this project was
reduce the vulnerability of
local farming by ensuring
managed by an organization permanent irrigation water
The El Mouddaa adaptation of young people under flow. Traditional subsistence
initiative in Morocco was 30, with the elders giving to strengthen food security
designed and implemented them legitimacy to take was also reintroduced.
through a comprehensive leadership. This community-
participatory and inclusive based adaptation project In addition, through local
approach, with the objective aims at sustainably consultation and awareness
of strengthening the increasing the wellbeing raising, this youth-led project
resilience of the local of the local community helped the community
community. The project through the protection of set aside large sections of
fosters sustainable land critical village infrastructure land around the village for
and water management, and strengthening of local conservation, reforestation
resilient farming practices food security. As part of and re-vegetation. It also
and community early the project young people outlawed grazing of herds in
warning techniques, which strategically built rock dams and around the village in an
help the El Mouddaa to reduce the floodwater effort to protect and sustain
Chapter 2. Gearing up for the storm 35

native shrubs and grasses. Cyclone Proof

The re-vegetation improved Schools,
soil and reduced erosion
flash flooding risks. The
project is also testing a user-
friendly low-cost technology Madagascar is in the path
in water and sanitation to of weather systems in the
prevent hazardous chemicals Indian Ocean that cause
from contaminating severe cyclones each year.
irrigation water, damaging Increasingly frequent
soils and crop production. and intense cyclones due
These activities contribute to climate change pose
to environmental protection, a serious challenge for
more sustainable natural thousands of children. In
resource management and 2008, for instance, Cyclone
preservation of ecosystem Ivan crossed the island,
services. Furthermore, destroying and damaging
the project installed an 2,299 classrooms and
early flash flood alarm disrupting the schooling of
system in order to support hundreds of thousands of
community-based disaster children. The 2009 cyclone
risk management. A key season damaged another
achievement of this initiative 247 classrooms, and in 2010 to install water pumps and
is that it has managed to a further 309 classrooms latrines to allow pupils to
engage all members of the were affected. In addition continue their studies in
community in taking part to this, the high growth in improved health despite the
in adaptation to climate enrolment numbers over the challenges that cyclones
change, in a context where past few years put pressure may bring to the water and
participation remains one on existing classrooms and sanitation provision. On
of the key field challenges. increased the demand for the rebuilt school grounds,
This project won the Equator more schools. children nurture school
Prize in 2012 for Community- gardens with fresh produce
Based Adaptation. The Cyclone Proof Schools while simultaneously
project aims at building learning about biodiversity.
schools that can withstand
Name of organization: adverse weather events in
Association Amsing with
support from the UNDP- the Analanjirofo Region Name of organization:
implemented GEF Small of Madagascar, one of United Nations Childrens
Grants Programme the areas most frequently Fund (UNICEF)
Name of contact person: hit by cyclones. UNICEF E-mail:
Said Zirri has worked to rebuild education@unicef.org
E-mail: classrooms in 20 schools to Website:
moudaa01@hotmail.com resist future cyclones and www.unicef.org
36 Youth in action on climate change: inspirations from around the world


The Doha work programme9 reaffirms the
importance of Article 6 of the UNFCCC for
achieving the ultimate objective of this
Convention and for the effective implementation
of adaptation and mitigation actions. It recognizes
that education, training and skills development are fundamental for all
Parties to achieve sustainable development in the long term, and that a goal
of education is to promote changes in lifestyles, attitudes and behaviour
needed to foster sustainable development and to prepare children, youth,
women, persons with disabilities and grass-root communities to adapt to the
impacts of climate change.

I feel honoured to have been appointed by the United Nations

Secretary-General as his Envoy on Youth and stand ready to take
up the challenge of facilitating young people participation in setting
policies and joining everyday actions of governments and the United
Nations. While climate change is the force transforming the natural
state of our planet, youth have the power to move this transformation
on a sustainable path. Lets remember,
if there is always a Plan B,
there is no Planet B for us!

Ahmad Alhendawi
United Nations Secretary-Generals Envoy on Youth
Chapter 3. Nurturing youth leaders 37

Education is the fundamental entry point for nurturing future

leaders in the area of climate change. It can help develop the
core competences necessary for individuals to be able to promote
low carbon and climate-resilient development. It can inspire these
individuals to achieve a deeper understanding of the nature of
vulnerability to climate change and natural disasters, as well as how
people can continue to prosper and grow in the face of increasing
uncertainty. The UN CC:Learn partnership places a special emphasis
on working with education systems in countries that are very
vulnerable to climate change, providing educators with new ideas,
materials, sources of information and funding.
Angus Mackay
UN CC:Learn Secretariat,
38 Youth in action on climate change: inspirations from around the world

building activities related

to sustainable consumption
and lifestyles in all corners
of the world. These activities
aim at enhancing young
peoples understanding of
sustainable consumption
and exploring ways to
address environmental
challenges through
adopting sustainable
consumption habits and
more sustainable lifestyles.
These activities also involve
educators, teachers and
trainers, policy-makers and
the media, all of whom work
with young people at the
YouthXchange At the local and national local and national levels.
Initiative levels, partners conduct
YouthXchange training and
currently working on two
capacity-building activities thematic guidebooks on
In 2001, the United Nations supported by YouthXchange green skills and lifestyles,
Environment Programme materials, including the and biodiversity and
and the United Nations training kit on responsible lifestyles, as well as the first
Educational, Scientific consumption, an essential regional YouthXchange
and Cultural Organization and complete toolkit to train guidebook on responsible
joined forces to create the and teach on sustainable consumption for Africa.
YouthXchange Initiative. lifestyles translated into
This Initiatives main more than 20 languages,
objective is to promote thematic and regional
sustainable consumption YouthXchange publications
and lifestyles among as well as the bilingual
young people aged 15- YouthXchange website
24 through education, (www.youthxchange.net).
dialogue, awareness raising
and capacity-building. The first thematic Name of organization:
United Nations
YouthXchange works with YouthXchange publication Environment Programme
young people, educators, was the Climate Change (UNEP)
non-governmental and Lifestyles guidebook. Name of contact person:
organizations, trainers and Since its creation more than Khairoon Abbas
youth leaders around the 10 years ago, YouthXchange E-mail:
world through national partners have taken part Khairoon.Abbas@unep.org
partners in more than 45 in numerous awareness- Website:
countries. raising and capacity- www.unep.org
Chapter 3. Nurturing youth leaders 39

YouthXchange in adapting and translating the and lifestyles. The project

the Mediterranean YouthXchange Training Kit was coordinated by the
on Responsible Consumption MIO-ECSDE/MEdiES and
into Arabic. local and national partners
The UNEP and UNESCO with the support of the
YouthXchange in the The guidebook was Anna Lindh Foundation and
Mediterranean project was a then enriched with UNEP.
24 month long programme Mediterranean-relevant
carried out by the case studies, showcasing Name of organization:
Mediterranean Information sustainable lifestyles The Mediterranean
Office for Environment, examples in action in the Information Office for
Environment, Culture and
Culture and Sustainable region, and circulated to Sustainable Development
Development (MIO-ECSDE) Arabic speaking countries, and the
/Mediterranean Education namely Egypt, Jordan, Mediterranean Education
Initiative for Environment Lebanon, Morocco, Syria and Initiative for Environment
& Sustainability (MEdIES) & Sustainability, in
Tunisia. A series of training collaboration with
between 2009 and 2011. courses was conducted UNEP and UNESCO
This project addressed the for educators on how to Name of contact person:
critical issue of sustainability integrate the training kit in Iro Alampei
in the lifestyles of young their teaching; these events E-mail:
people of the region, involved the media as well alampei@mio-ecsde.org
particularly in terms of their as young people to acquaint Website:
consumption habits. The them with the basics of www.medies.net/
project involved partners sustainable consumption staticpages.asp?aID=385
40 Youth in action on climate change: inspirations from around the world


Sandwatch is a global
programme active in
more than 50 countries,
many of them small
island developing States.
Initiated by UNESCO
more than 10 years ago,
Sandwatch is coordinated
by the non-profit Sandwatch
Foundation with support
from UNESCO and many
other partners. Sandwatch
seeks to change the lifestyle
and habits of children, youth to assume responsibility during several devastating
and adults on a community- for creating and enjoying hurricanes. The government
wide basis, by developing a sustainable future. used heavy equipment to
their awareness of the Sandwatch is science in scrape sand from the sea
fragile nature of marine and action, applied in the real bottom to restore the sand
coastal environments and world in an interdisciplinary dunes. Assisted by the
the need to use them wisely. manner with applications community, Hope Town
ranging from geography Primary Sandwatchers
Sandwatch is a volunteer to art, and from poetry worked tirelessly to plant
network of children, to mathematics. It helps the newly constructed dunes
youth and adults working students translate their with sea oats, a hardy dune
together to monitor and school-based learning to grass. Six years later, in 2011,
analyze changes in their everyday life situations. the area was again impacted
beach environment using a by a hurricane, but this time
standardized approach. The By participating in the dune stood firm the
participants are encouraged Sandwatch, youth and roots of the sea oats did
to share their findings with children living in coastal their job and held the sand
the wider community and areas become actively in place.
then take action to address engaged in addressing
identified issues, enhance problems and issues Name of organization:
their beach environment identified through their United Nations
Educational, Scientific
and build resilience to work. For example, students and Cultural Organization
climate change. With its at the Hope Town Primary (UNESCO)
practical hands-on approach School in the Bahamas Name of contact person:
Sandwatch represents an have every year since Khalissa Ikhlef
example of Education for 2004 monitored the local E-mail:
Sustainable Development, beach using the Sandwatch k.ikhlef@unesco.org
seeking to empower and approach. In 2005, their Website:
encourage people of all ages beach was badly damaged www.unesco.org
Chapter 3. Nurturing youth leaders 41

Sandwatch takes you places you never dreamed of going and

gives you knowledge that will not be acquired on ordinary occasions.
I have been able to impart new ideas into my classroom sessions.
Sandwatch is an experience you will never want to forget.
Marsha Gregg
Teacher, Bequia Community High School,
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
42 Youth in action on climate change: inspirations from around the world

Young Masters global classrooms. Each

Programme classroom brings together
on Sustainable 120 students and teachers
Development from around the world.
Here, students undertake
the same readings and
The Young Masters assignments and compare
Programme on Sustainable and discuss their results.
Development (YMP), They share experiences
developed by the Swedish and knowledge and give to collect old newspapers, which
International Institute of each other feedback. By were then recycled into braided
Industrial Environment interacting with students baskets and sold. The girls have
Economics at Lund from other countries in the created their own brand Selbi
University, is a free web- online community, they and the idea has spread to other
based education and learning learn from each other, gain deprived areas. Last but not least,
network that puts social, an understanding of global students have the opportunity to
environmental and economic sustainability challenges, make friends for life.
awareness on high school and acquire the knowledge
timetables all over the world. of many different local Name of organization:
More than 25,000 teenagers, perspectives and solutions Young Masters Programme on
aged 16 to 18, from over 100 on sustainable development. Sustainable Development
countries have already taken Students also develop their Name of contact person:
part in the YMP programme own local sustainability Elisabeth Knppel
since its launch in 1999. projects. For example, E-mail:
a group of Indonesian elisabeth.knoppel@goymp.org
The YMP learning takes students has helped poor Website:
place in web-based urban families in Surabaya www.goymp.org

Be positive Taking a positive approach that change can happen and can
lead to a better life.
Work together Working with others can inspire them and set an
example to politicians.
Connect with people Starting from the concerns or issues of other
people gets them interested.
Take small steps Making even the smallest changes of lifestyle can
be a good start.
Connect with nature Experiencing nature motivates people to
protect it, and can improve health.
Celebrate success Demonstrating that positive change can motivate,
inspire and be fun.

Source: YouthXchange
Chapter 3. Nurturing youth leaders 43

UN CC:Learn

The One UN Training

Service Platform on Climate
Change (UN CC:Learn)
is a partnership of 33
multilateral organizations
that supports Member States
to deliver learning and skills
development on climate
change. An important aspect
of UN CC:Learn is to support
countries in developing
national strategies to
Strengthen Human Resources
and Skills to Advance Green,
Low Emission and Climate In Malawi, the Government, education. The Government
Resilient Development. Five through the Malawi Institute of Indonesia is taking
pilot countries currently of Education, and its partners advantage of a major reform
developing such strategies are taking advantage of a in the national curriculum
are Benin, the Dominican national curriculum review to pilot test climate change
Republic, Indonesia, to integrate climate change modules in selected schools
Malawi, and Uganda. All issues into secondary and localities nationally.
of these countries are education. In Uganda, the Country efforts to promote
promoting the participation Ministry of Education and climate change education will
of children and youth in Sports through the National be further supported through
climate change issues. For Curriculum Development UN CC:Learn, working
example, the Dominican Centre, with support by closely with UNESCO and
Republic has already begun the Danish Government UNICEF in the second half
implementing a training and technical assistance of 2013.
programme based on a from the Ministry of
Climate Change Education Water and Environment, Name of organization:
for Sustainable Development has spearheaded the United Nations Institute
for Training and Research
course, originally designed development of climate (UNITAR)/ Secretariat of
by UNESCO. The course is change education UN CC:Learn
supporting teachers to help supplementary materials Name of contact person:
young people understand for six subjects for lower Angus Mackay
the causes and consequences primary education. In Benin, E-mail:
of climate change and bring the Government is likewise uncclearn@unitar.org
about changes in attitudes committed to integrating Website:
and behavior. climate change at all levels of www.uncclearn.org
44 Youth in action on climate change: inspirations from around the world

Skills-based progressed. Towards the The programme focused

Learning achievement of this goal, on the generation of
Materials and the Africa Adaptation evidence and concepts
Packages, Nigeria Programme developed
processes to ensure that
using evidence-based
research to inform
learners would become upstream policy dialogue.
UNICEF Nigeria, together capacitated through It aimed at developing and
with the Federal Ministry of knowledge and skills, implementing strategies
Education is implementing including leadership, and programmes for the
skills-based learning peace building, conflict wellbeing of the child
materials and packages as resolution and life in a changing Nigeria.
part of the Basic Education skills, acquisition and The Africa Adaptation
for behavior change orientation in participatory Programme was coordinated
initiative in two States. approaches to effect social by the Federal Ministry
Through Climate Change and behavioural change of Environment under
Adaptation and Disaster in their communities. the leadership of the
Risk Reduction (CCADRR) Using strategies that Special Climate Change
clubs, students tend to the promote increased child Unit. Implementation of
gardens and have been able participation in child- the Africa Adaptation
to enjoy the harvest, sharing centered learning tasks, Programme was managed
with their families and the these learners imbued with through a tri-agency
community at large. Funds new skills have developed arrangement involving
raised from the sale of the new communication UNDP, UNIDO and
harvest are invested back materials, including songs, UNICEF.
into expansion of the school poems, puzzles, games,
CCADRR programmes. and drama. Trained and
empowered Climate Change
The goal of the programme, Ambassadors, armed with
Name of organization:
the empowerment of new skills and knowledge, United Nations Childrens
Nigerian children and serving as advocates to Fund (UNICEF)
youth as change agents their communities, have E-mail:
through the acquisition of influenced community and education@unicef.org
knowledge and skills on state leadership in the two Website:
climate change, has greatly pilot states. www.unicef.org

I think fighting global warming must start from self.

Even though its not much, each one of us have our own effect on
climate change. So every AFRICAN has a great responsibility in
fighting against global warming. Let us change and lets make
them change.
Yeabsira from Ethiopia
Voices of Youth, UNICEF
Chapter 3. Nurturing youth leaders 45

Leadership to their home countries. at the local and national level

Programme These twin seminars ran using the knowledge and
Young Women parallel programme topics skills they had developed. The
for a Greener and made good use of the 6-day seminar included non-
Future surrounding communities
in India and Switzerland
formal education activities
on reducing food miles,
to inspire participants for climate change adaptation,
In March 2012, more than new and alternative ideas of sustainable development and
70 young women from over working with environmental renewable energy.
60 countries participated and climate change issues.
in a WAGGGS Leadership On 22 March 2013, a new
Development Programme Participants learned to Water Challenge Badge was
Event held at two identify and develop their launched with YUNGA for
WAGGGS World Centres unique leadership styles World Water Day, where
simultaneously: Our Chalet through the exploration participants took part in
in Switzerland and Sangam of topics related to activities to learn about the
in India. The events, communication, team risks climate change poses to
entitled Young Women work, conflict resolution our worlds water.
for a Greener Future, and change management,
focused on developing alongside learning about
Name of organization:
participants personal and key environmental issues World Association of Girl
leadership skills in order including climate change. Guides and Girl Scouts
to impact their home This event was repeated at (WAGGGS)
countries and the world Our Chalet in Switzerland Name of contact person:
on environmental issues. in March 2013 with 28 Harriet Thew
The 70 young participants motivated young women E-mail:
developed national from 24 countries who all harriet@wagggs.org
environmental projects to prepared plans to learn to Website:
deliver once they returned speak out and take action www.wagggs.org


The UNICEF poll, conducted by Ipsos-Mori, found that two-thirds of young
people were worried about how climate change will affect other children and
families in developing countries and that only 1% said they knew nothing
about climate change. The results of this survey offer a timely reminder to
politicians that climate change is an issue of tremendous concern to Britons
and casts a long shadow over young peoples view of their future, said David
Bull, UNICEF UKs Executive Director. Young people are not only concerned
about their own future but also the impact climate change is having on
children in less developed countries where climate change is a key driver of
hunger and malnutrition10 .

Source: UNICEF, UK
46 Youth in action on climate change: inspirations from around the world

Training for
Youth on Climate
Change, Colombia

Grupo Tayrona, a non-

profit environmental
organization founded
in 1999, develops local, framework of the Second of youth, the First World
national and international National Communication Summit of Experiences
initiatives to empower of Colombia. Young people and Initiatives of Youth
children and young people from Grupo Tayrona in Favor of Sustainable
to take action in projects have created platforms Development and the World
on climate change and for reflection, dialogue, Student Summit on Local
sustainability. It promotes exchange, cooperation impacts of climate change
informal education through and participation and and innovative community
innovative methodologies organized local, national solutions.
to inspire and mobilize and Latin American Youth
young people to contribute Encounters, creating a
to the implementation of network Youth for the
Name of organization:
Article 6 of the UNFCCC. Planet. Achievements Corporacin Grupo
Youth members have include the mobilization Tayrona
actively participated in of youth from 25 countries Name of contact person:
the development of the to participate in volunteer Juan Diego Valenzuela
National Strategy on projects, organization of E-mail:
Education, Training and seven Latin American grupotayrona@gmail.com
Public Awareness on Encounters, convening of Website:
Climate Change, in the local and national meetings www.grupotayrona.org


Take into consideration these recommendations before buying new products.
Rethink Do you really need it?
Reduce Could you have or use less of it?
Repair Could it be mended or maintained?
Re-use Can it be used for other purposes?
Recycle Can it be recycled to avoid dumping underground?

Source: YouthXChange
Chapter 3. Nurturing youth leaders 47

Empower the figure rose to 23.9% Oyo, Ondo and Ekiti States with
Community of in 2012. It is designed to 1,132 young people trained and
People, Nigeria tackle the problems of
unemployment and poverty
empowered to acquire green jobs.

while contributing to
Empower Community of combatting climate change
People Aspiring-Greatness by empowering youth and
(COPA) is a project of women to create green jobs Name of organization:
Trailblazer Initiatives Nigeria
the Trailblazer Initiatives through vocational skills (a.k.a. Ibitola Foundations)
Nigeria, which was launched acquisition and encouraging Name of contact person:
in response to an alarming the growth of small and Olagoke-Adaramoye Dare
increase in poverty and large-scale businesses. The E-mail:
unemployment levels in project was launched in dareadaramoye@yahoo.com,
the country. In the year Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria, trailblazerinitiatives@gmail.com
2011, 21.1% Nigerian youths in June 2012. It has since Website:
were unemployed while been hailed a success in www.projectempowercopa.blog.com
48 Youth in action on climate change: inspirations from around the world

Power of One
Child Global
Action Classroom

As a model for its social

responsibility programme
and active membership in
the United Nations Global
Compact, the United
Nations Federal Credit
Union (UNFCU) joined
forces with a UNFCCC
observer NGO Earth Child
Institute (ECI) to facilitate
a sustainable development
conversation among youth.
More than 300 children are
now interacting with their
peers across continents School in Ogun, Nigeria; plans on issues such as
and time zones about Baifi-Krom Primary/Junior reforestation, school gardens,
local environment issues High School in Mankessim, litter clean-up and water,
through ECIs Global Ghana; Escola Parque, in sanitation and hygiene.
Action Classroom, which is Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; JW UNFCUs programmatic
managed in collaboration Marriott School, located in support is enabling ECI
with New York Universitys a protected forest region and its partners to continue
Environmental Conservation of Juma in Amazonas to expand the scope of the
Education Program. The state, Brazil; Manhia, project, providing funding
youth-led virtual classroom Mozambique; an after-school for Internet access and
enables young people aged club in Colorado, United connections, conference
between 8 and 18 to not only States of America; and calls, individual handheld
learn about environmental Dohas first special education video cameras, videotape
protection for the first time, primary school Al Tamakon editing as well as stocking
but to take action. Motivated in Qatar. These schools an environmental tool kit
by the goal of crossing were selected based on their complete with tree saplings,
borders digitally to foster interest in environmental water test kits and other
learning and collaboration education, local action classroom materials.
on a global scale, two phases for change and global
of the project have already sharing among students. Name of organization:
been implemented since its Children and young people Earth Child Institute
inception in 2011 and the have been mentored in a Name of contact person:
third phase is now underway. participatory process to Donna L. Goodman
The number of participating identify relevant issues E-mail:
teams is growing and in their communities and
includes: Ibafo Secondary move forward with action Website:
Chapter 3. Nurturing youth leaders 49

Conference of build up a platform for After participating in

Youth Taiwan Taiwanese youth to learn
about climate change, with
COYTW 2011, the leaders
of both organisations
capacity building being a expressed their interest in
Conference of Youth key priority. By using the coordinating similar events
Taiwan (COYTW) is an approach of world cafe and within their community.
annual event hosted by workshops, COYTW covers The message quickly
Taiwan Youth Climate environmental issues such spread among young
Coalition (TWYCC). as recycling methods, people throughout Taiwan
Since 2011 it has been the nuclear power, international and other students have
largest youth conference volunteering, and local begun to establish student
on climate change in policy discussions, among clubs with environmental
Taiwan. Nearly 500 Taiwan many others. interests. To date, TWYCC
youth attended the event has been working with
during the past two years, One particular example 10 collaborating student
and thousands of people is that of the Pharmacy clubs or organizations, and
follow TWYCCs fan Students and Medical COYTW intends to gather
page. COYTW aims to Students Association. more inspiration from
youths to help identify the
ways of responding to and
preventing climate change.

Name of organization:
Taiwan Youth Climate
Name of contact person:
Liang-Yi Chang
50 Youth in action on climate change: inspirations from around the world

Junior funds for UNICEF or simply Paulskirche in Frankfurt/

Ambassador inform others on how Main. In 2012, about 4,400
Programme they can help improve the
situation of children.
children and young people
organized 150 different
events on childrens rights.
The Junior Ambassador To reward and encourage The ideas/concepts/designs
Programme was founded participants, there is an and implementation of
in 2004 in Germany. Since annual award for the the activities for childrens
its foundation, over 100,000 top performing Junior rights largely originate from
children and adolescents Ambassadors. One of the children themselves.
have participated in the requirements for the The year 2013 will see the
the programme. They applicants for the award is 10th Junior Ambassador
have documented their to hand in a report of their ceremony, one of the
outstanding and creative activities. A jury selects highlights of which will
applications such as the five most creative and be the fieldtrip report on
documentaries to support sustainable activities plus experiences in Zambia live
child rights globally and three extra categories on stage.
domestically. As part (best sponsored run, best
of the annual Junior activity of a school and Name of organization:
Ambassador, children best choir group). Each United Nations Childrens
and young people across summer all participants
Germany organize music are invited to the award E-mail:
and sports events to raise ceremony at the historic
Chapter 3. Nurturing youth leaders 51

International Present the Youth

Statement to be presented
Youth; a scientific youth
publication that explains
Youth Conference to the First Universal the latest environmental
Tunza 2013 Session of the Governing trends and how youth can
Council/Global play their part in securing
Ministerial Environment a better future;
UNEP successfully hosted
Forum held in Nairobi.
the 2013 Tunza International Youth statement presented

Youth Conference on to the First Universal
Conference Outcome
the Environment at the session of the Governing
United Nations Complex Introduced new members
Council of UNEP calling
in Nairobi, Kenya, from to the UNEP Tunza youth for governments, business,
10 to 14 February 2013. network; cities and civil society
The conference provided to support and facilitate
Introduced youth

a platform for 300 youth youth-led campaigns and
participants to UNEP and
from 75 countries to learn, projects. The Governing
its work;
exchange information Council delegates were
and share best practices. New Tunza Advisory
also invited to support
The overall conference Council members elected the UNEPs campaign
theme was Health & the to represent the six UNEP ThinkEatSave against food
Environment and the regions; waste and unsustainable
subthemes included Created four committees
Green Entrepreneurship, (partnership, membership,
Sustainable Consumption communications and
and Production, Food Waste, governance);
Water, Rio+20 outcomes
and Post 2015 Development Delivered training,

agenda as well as Youth and workshops and discussion

the Global Environment. plenaries which enabled
them to draft their
Conference Objectives: regional action plans;

Provide a forum for

Proposed regional

young people to discuss action plans presented

the role that youths play to UNEP for discussion
in Entrepreneurship, and followed up with
the UNEP Tunza Name of organization:
Sustainable Consumption United Nations
and Production, Forests, regional focal points for
Environment Programme
Food Waste, Water as review and advice on (UNEP)
well as the State of the implementation;
Name of contact person:
Environment; Conducted team-building
Naomi Poulton,
among youth network Joyce Sang
Elect the 2013-2015 Tunza

members; E-mail:
Youth Advisory Board; naomi.poulton@unep.org,
Launch the GEO-5 Youth
UNEP successfully
publication; launched Tunza Acting for Website:
a Better World: GEO-5 for www.unep.org
52 Youth in action on climate change: inspirations from around the world

Tunza at Rio+20

UNEP supported the Youth

blast conference in Rio by
mobilizing Tunza networks
to participate in the summit
and highlight climate
change as an integral
component of the post-
2015 development agenda.
UNEP also sent a Tunza
representative Ms Karuna
Rana to brief on UNEPs
youth programme and economy and green jobs. Name of organization:
facilitate a review session The ensuing discussions United Nations
on the Tunza publication revolved around the subject Environment Programme
GEO 5 for Youth that was of why there is a need to (UNEP)
to be launched in 2013. have more environmental Name of contact person:
Fanina R. Kodre-Alexander
The Executive Director Mr. courses, with focus on
Achim Steiner was also sustainable development E-mail:
invited to address the youth issues, added to school and
at the conference on the university curricula as well Website:
Rio process and UNEPs as non-formal education
engagement with youth. programs. Young people
should be educated in those
The focus was on solutions areas in which they will
around what sustainability need to secure the future
in climate change means in a green and sustainable
in the context of a green economy and society.

I am speaking on behalf of the Major Group of Children and

Youth. We are confident that children and youth are not only
stakeholders of tomorrows future, many of us are already acting
as todays leaders. As such, young people believe that the effective
engagement of civil society can be supported through education,
sharing information, and proposed transboundary collaboration.
We call on governments to promote, cultivate and reap the fresh
perspectives, innovation and energy of young students, professionals
and leaders in fulfilling the World We Want.
Nhattan Nguyen
at Rio +20
Chapter 3. Nurturing youth leaders 53

Youth Forum on 50% of all people affected climate change for young people
Climate Change by disasters. In Asia and the
Pacific, that number could
aged between 14 and 17 years.
This Forum aims at promoting
be even higher. For instance, the active participation of young
Todays children and young during the floods in Vietnam people as change agents in
people will bear the brunt in 2000, 65% of those who their communities. Participants
of the climate change died were children. Finally, have opportunity to exchange
impacts in the future. Young indirect impacts, such as the experiences, discuss issues of
children are among the most erosion of educational and concern and develop innovative
vulnerable to the changes gender equity goals, also solutions for addressing climate
being brought about by have profound implications change.
climate change. Some of on the well-being and life
the children killer diseases, opportunities of children,
Name of organization:
such as malaria, diarrhoea especially for young girls United Nations Childrens Fund
and malnutrition, are who are then kept home (UNICEF)
highly sensitive to climatic from school when household E-mail:
conditions and are expected assets are depleted during education@unicef.org
to worsen as the world gets crisis. UNICEF Ireland Website:
warmer. Children make up organizes a youth forum on www.unicef.org

National and for debate, common to all child participation was a

International countries, global climate unique feature of the Brazil
Conference for change and the process initiative, which combined
Children and of global warming with local and global engagement.
Youth, Brazil its different dimensions:
ecological, historical,
Community-based dialogues
and local conferences were
geographical, social, cultural, held in over 11,475 private,
The Brazilian Government, economic, and technological, public, urban and rural schools.
through the Ministries of bringing to the schools of Young people and children
the Environment and of the world a debate regarding facilitated the discussions on
Education, organized an alternative strategies to co- environmental issues. The
International Childrens exist in a society based on process included girls, boys,
Conference on the an ethic that prioritizes the indigenous peoples, rural and
Environment Lets Take development of sustainable, ethnic minorities, and children
Care of the Planet in June just and equal societies. who are normally excluded from
2010, starting from a broad Building on the momentum planning or even participation
upstream international of the Conference, in their own right to education11.
consultation process, with schools increasingly
the participation of 53 created and strengthened Name of organization:
countries in the process youth-led commissions, Ministry of Education
and 47 countries in the which are a new form Name of contact person:
International Conference of student governance. Rachel Trajber
in Brasilia. The Conference The social mobilization Website:
proposed as a central topic process involving active www.mec.gov.br
54 Youth in action on climate change: inspirations from around the world

the Message

The work undertaken with and by youth

is crucial to raise the ambition of
governments to come to an agreement
on a new climate change regime by 2015.
Tackling climate change requires concerted coordinated government
action, as well as conscious and informed efforts by individuals. Therefore,
it is essential to strengthen both formal and informal education on
climate change and viable lifestyles. In addition, sustainable production
and consumption patterns must be promoted and youth supported as
environmental champions in their local communities. Partnerships should
be developed between governments, intergovernmental, non-governmental
and youth organizations for joint initiatives aimed at facilitating public
access to information and raising public awareness to understand, address
and respond to climate change.
Chapter 4. Spreading the message 55

IPCC supplies or migration, and of global and regional

Fifth Assessment the economics of dealing climate projections, and
Report with it. generally have a lot more
regional information
Starting in September and detail than previous
Climate change what 2013 and over the assessments, especially in
it is doing, what causes following 12 months, the second part that deals
it, how it affects us and the Intergovernmental with impacts, adaptation
what we can do about Panel on Climate and vulnerability.
it is such a complex Change will release the
subject that its difficult most comprehensive AR5 will provide a wealth
for governments and the assessment of climate of scientific information
public to get a complete change yet, the Fifth for everyone working with
picture. Assessment Report (AR5). climate change issues
The report will appear from youth NGOs and
That is why UNEP and in three parts and a municipalities, to local
the World Meteorological synthesis. and national governments,
Organization (WMO) set and to diplomats and
up the Intergovernmental Like other IPCC reports, experts negotiating
Panel on Climate Change it is gone through a a new agreement on
(IPCC) in 1988. The IPCC repeated process of climate change under the
is the main world body checking and review, to UNFCCC.
assessing climate science. ensure that the report is
It provides governments comprehensive, balanced
with regular assessments and objective. Name of organization:
of the scientific basis United Nations
of the risks of human- Compared with previous Environment Programme
induced climate change, assessments, AR5 will (UNEP),
World Meteorological
its potential impacts and take a more detailed look Organization
the options for adaptation at the socio-economic (WMO), and the
and mitigation by aspects of climate change Intergovernmental Panel
surveying all the scientific and its implications for on Climate Change
literature that has been sustainable development.
published on the subject. There will be dedicated Name of contact person:
Fanina R. Kodre-
chapters on clouds Alexander
That involves looking still one of the areas of
not just at the physics of greatest uncertainty in fanina.kodre@unep.org
climate change, but the climate science on sea
biological and socio- level change and on the www.unep.org,
economic impacts, such carbon cycle. The report www.wmo.int,
as the effects on food will include an atlas www.ipcc.ch
56 Youth in action on climate change: inspirations from around the world

Food Security and The badge curriculum has

Climate Change been completed by over
Campaign 20,000 children and young
people in over 30 countries
worldwide. Building on
The Youth and United this initiative, YUNGA
Nations Global Alliance has been collaborating
(YUNGA, hosted by FAO) with WAGGGS to catalyze
released the Food Security independent climate change
and Climate Change action at local level by
challenge badge in 2010, funding grassroots projects.
designed to raise climate The first round of mini-grant
change awareness, motivate projects was implemented
children and young people, between 2011-2012, and a
especially girls, to undertake second phase 2012-2013 is
climate change adaptation currently ongoing. Over
and mitigation activities 500 participants in more
and to introduce improved than 10 countries have been
food security strategies. involved so far.
Chapter 4. Spreading the message 57

The activities and results

of these mini-projects were
diverse, depending on
the individual initiative,
Bangkok, Thailand:

Replanting a deforested
mangrove forest;
Bkinnaya, Lebanon:

Holding an information
and activity day: Act to
Reduce Climate Change;
Dublanc, Commonwealth

of Dominica:
An eat fish day campaign;
Gadpuri, India:

Installing tree guards and

covers shelter plants from
extreme weather cycles;
Nairobi, Kenya:

Introducing alternative
energy cooking methods
(solar cookers and
Rio de Janiero, Brazil:

Promoting a community
waste collection scheme
called ECOPOINT. Direct feedback from participants has shown that
these individual projects have proved a positive and
important experience for them, giving rise to a sense
Name of organization:
of global interconnectedness via local empowerment.
Food and Agriculture As Stephany Asfar (Lebanon, 18 years) pointed out:
Organization of the United
Nations (FAO)
Name of contact person: As Guides we were always brought
Reuben Sessa up to take care of nature, but the
E-mail: information that was given today was
from a different global aspect. I didnt
www.yunga.org know that we can all do this much to be
helpful for our planet.
58 Youth in action on climate change: inspirations from around the world

Energy Saving to interviews on household have also been observed, as

Reduce Carbon power consumption habits, residents now spontaneously
Emissions, China energy-saving awareness
and willingness to address
take energy-saving actions in
daily life and select energy-
climate change; providing efficient products when they
This project aims to hands-on education on purchase home appliances.
minimize the power energy-saving tips to the
consumption in the demo households; installing power A publication entitled The
community involving utilization monitoring Studies on the Incentives
10,000 households (30,000 equipment in demonstration of Energy Conservation
persons), improve their households; and recording & Carbon Reduction in
awareness of climate and collecting data Communities in Beijing was
change and further of household power completed and published
expand the influence consumption. in China Environment
to Beijing residents to Daily, which has been
address climate change After just one year of the submitted to the Ministry of
by building up a proper projects implementation, it Environmental Protection,
energy-saving lifestyle effectively raised awareness the National Development
and low carbon consumer of 30,000 people living in and Reform Commission,
behaviours in daily life, and the Wangjing Community Beijing Municipal
conduct research on the on energy conservation, Government and other
methodology and incentives carbon reduction and relevant authorities.
of energy conservation for climate change. In the
communities in Beijing. summer during the project Organization:
The core project executor cycle (MaySeptember All China Environment
Federation with support
is youth. The project 2010), the average power from the UNDP-
recruited 15 university consumption among implemented GEF Small
student volunteers from 8 10,000 houses in Wangjing Grants Programme
universities. After receiving community dropped by Name of contact person:
the training organized 1 kWh or more, which Li Lei
by the Small Grants contributed to the reduction E-mail:
Programme, the university of about 50 tons of CO2 red.lilei@hotmail.com
student volunteers main emissions. Additional Website:
tasks included door-to-door impacts on Beijing residents sgp.undp.org
Chapter 4. Spreading the message 59

World Thinking and young women to make around the world celebrated
Day Campaign a personal commitment to World Thinking Day and
2012 We Can change the world around took the opportunity to
Save our Planet them. Each World Thinking
Day theme lasts all year and
learn, speak out and take
action. The WTD website
Girl Guides and Girl Scouts saw visitor numbers increase
WAGGGS continues to can earn a special badge at by over 40% on last years
encourage girls and young any time during the year by numbers and over two
women around the world to completing activities from hundred thousand activities
contribute to sustainable the WTD pack. WAGGGS were registered on the World
development through produced a pack containing Thinking Day activity log.
our World Thinking Day case studies from 5 different
(WTD) campaign, which focus countries and Name of organization:
World Association of Girl
promotes the Millennium activities to reduce the use Guides and Girl Scouts
Development Goals. The of fossil fuels, save resources (WAGGGS)
theme for 2012 focused in and around the home, Name of contact person:
on MDG 7 and was called switch to the sustainable Harriet Thew
We can save our planet. energy solutions and speak E-mail:
Focusing on the MDGs out to make a difference. Harriet@wagggsworld.org
raises awareness of the On 22 February 2012, Girl Website:
theme and encourages girls Guides and Girl Scouts www.worldthinkingday.org
60 Youth in action on climate change: inspirations from around the world

I suggest that the United Nations would work hard in

sensitizing the people around the world and apply more
environmental campaigns in the third world countries like
Tunisia, my country. We have to work all together to save the
earth, hand in hand to survive the fight; we have to think of our
children, our grandchildren and the next generation, to think
about the future. We have to do this for the living species, for your
children, for you, for the earth, for home.
Imen from Tunisia
Voices of Youth, UNICEF

Young Artists campaign reached more

than 20,000 people in
Name of organization:
Fellowship for rural communities - other
Young Artists Fellowship
for the Environment
the Environment, methods of communication (YAFE)
Philippines may have left this group Names of contact persons:
untouched. YAFE translated Kim Balatazo,
Laiden Pedrina
and adapted the UNEP/
The Young Artists UNESCO YouthXchange E-mail:
Fellowship for the Training Kit in Responsible laiden@yafe.ph
Environment (YAFE) Consumption into
consists of creative and Filipino and organized
well-connected young a very successful media
professionals who are campaign, which included
dedicated to making outreach to numerous
sustainable living a reality radio and television shows.
for all, in particular young They also developed a
people. For example, YAFE communications campaign
organized a bike tour about sustainable lifestyles
in rural areas to discuss with national celebrities.
sustainability. These campaigns show
celebrities inspiring people
They felt that the theme to think about sustainable
of sustainability was a lifestyles with captions such
conversation happening as Can you drink your own
in the urban and wealthy garbage juice? or Too
areas only and wanted much gadgets, too much
to break the mold. This waste and so forth.
Chapter 4. Spreading the message 61

Children in their local communities. UNICEF is also setting up

Advocating It is hoped that advocacy media workstations in each
United4Climate, and sensitization will be the of Zambias nine provinces.
Zambia core objectives of the first
two years of the programme
These are places where
youth reporters can meet,
to address the total lack produce radio stories, write
Climate change is of information and basic articles and encourage
the defining human knowledge about climate their communities to take
development issue of the change in most parts of the action. Youth reporters can
Zambian generation and country. broadcast their materials
the world. It threatens to on local radio stations
erode human freedoms and Unite4Climate Zambia and contribute content to
limit choices, especially for will transform the country the uniteforclimate.org, a
children and young people. into one of shared website for youth to learn
Unite4Climate Zambias responsibilities and about and express their
objective is to provide opportunities by building views on the effects of
advocacy skills to young a climate-change-educated global climate change.
climate ambassadors and community among all
educate them to a level citizens, especially young
where they will understand people. Unite4Climate
climate change so that Zambia will reach 200
Name of organization:
they will be able to transfer climate ambassadors each United Nations Childrens
their knowledge with year and equip them with Fund (UNICEF)
confidence to the next the pay-it-forward concept. E-mail:
person on the street, and It intends to cover the whole education@unicef.org
better still, in their local country at the end of the Website:
languages to their elders three-year programme. www.unicef.org
62 Youth in action on climate change: inspirations from around the world

Green Jobs invest in Green Jobs. With have been raising awareness
Campaign, unemployment in the UK of what Green Jobs are
United Kingdom on the rise, the economy in
tatters and time running
through outreach activities in
schools and through online
out to take effective action communications. Young
The UK Youth Climate against irreversible climate perspectives provide valuable
Coalition (UKYCC) is an change, the creation of more input in helping shape
organisation entirely run by Green Jobs at the heart of the green economy, and
a team of highly motivated a strong green economy UKYCC has been facilitating
young volunteers working will provide a solution for these voices by delivering
together to inspire, empower, all these challenges, which workshops to empower
mobilise and unite a youth adversely affect young young people to campaign
movement for a clean energy people. for Green Jobs in their local
future. Working on the local, communities and nationally.
national and international Green Jobs come in all UKYCC has also organised
levels, UKYCC focuses on forms, but at their core fun, creative and inclusive
issues that relate closely they contribute to a more actions to raise awareness,
to young people as part of sustainable society. Green mobilise and empower
a wide, cross generation Jobs can be directly linked young people to participate
movement for change. Using to the environment, such as in environmental and social
the future we want as a manufacturing or installing justice campaigning and
motivation for their work, environmental technology, or build a political mandate
UKYCC has been running can simply mean greening for more ambitious Green
the Youth for Green Jobs up already existing jobs. Jobs-related policies and
Campaign since March Green Jobs encourage legislation. As an extension
2012. Working with youth the sharing of skills and of this, UKYCC campaigners
from across Britain, UKYCC the maintenance of a fair are also lobbying the UK
has been putting pressure living wage. Throughout the government and politicians
on the UK government to campaign, UKYCC activists to create the policies and
laws necessary to make green
industries flourish, create
Green Jobs and provide
the training and education
necessary for young people to
access these jobs.

Name of organization:
United Kingdom Youth
Climate Coalition (UKYCC)
Name of contact person:
Jamie Peters
Chapter 4. Spreading the message 63

TUNZA Acting for thematic area (Drivers, Outcomes:

a Better World Atmosphere, Land, Water, The GEO for Youth

GEO-5 for Youth Biodiversity, Chemicals and community dedicated

Waste and An Earth System to taking the findings
Perspective) showcasing from UNEPs Global
The GEO-5 for Youth actions that youth have Environment Outlook
publication summarizes undertaken, or plan to 5 report to showcase
the key findings of the undertake, to address solutions by young people
UNEP Global Environment environmental challenges. to key environmental
Outlook 5 (GEO-5) report Section 2 addresses GEO-5 challenges.
in a format and language findings relevant to the
The One-One campaign,

targeted towards youth Rio+20 Conference from a
developed by youth, to
audiences. The publication youth perspective and also
inspire youth action to
was prepared by three examines what the Rio+20
address environmental
young editors and provides outcomes mean to young
recommendations for people. Section 3 provides
engaging young people a roadmap for action after
globally to respond to the Rio+20 Conference for
environmental challenges. the youth and provides
Case studies are used to ideas on what young people
provide examples from Name of organization:
can do in 1 second, 1 minute, United Nations
different regions that may 1 hour, 1 day, 1 week, and Environment Programme
be suitable for replication 1 decade to conserve the (UNEP)
across the world. environment the one-one Name of contact person:
campaign. The GEO for Karishma Thethy
Section 1 summarizes the Youth publication has been E-mail:
State and Trends chapters adopted into the curriculum Karishma.Thethy@unep.org
of GEO-5, and includes at international schools in Website:
case studies under each Kenya. www.unep.org

I think that as an African youth we have a lot to give to our

community. We are young, full of potential and brighter than the
past generation. How many of us water the plants in our house or
be careful not to destroy them? You see we are good at the ideas and
the perspective but are we doing anything about it? We have given
ourselves the honour of destructing our environment just because we
are teenagers or young! We should know all the problems of the global
warming will affect us more and we should act!
Sihem from Ethiopia
Voices of Youth, UNICEF
64 Youth in action on climate change: inspirations from around the world

Environment in a voluntary campaign to continue this activity

Protectors against climate change through the years, with a
Committee, including training courses, wider public interaction and
Kuwait academic lectures and
practical activities with

a focus on limiting CO2

From October 2011 to in the atmosphere to 350
May 2012, 60 girls from ppm. The campaign also
the Kuwait Girl Guides included educational
Association and 60 boys marches in which several
from the Kuwait Scouts community, governmental
Society worked with the and non-governmental Name of organization:
World Association of Girl
British Council in various entities participated. Guides and Girl Scouts
locations within the State of Participants acquired (WAGGGS)
Kuwait to spread messages skills in leadership, project Name of contact person:
of environmental awareness design and communications Harriet Thew
in their communities. whilst working together to E-mail:
tackle climate change. The harriet@wagggs.org
The Environment Protectors training officially ended Website:
Committee participated in 2012, but it is intended www.wagggs.org

Voices of Youth Voices of Youth creates a

safe, trustworthy and youth-
young people the resources
and digital tools with which
friendly global network of they can advocate and take
All around the world young people that provides action for change in their
children and young knowledge, stimulates communities, while Voices
people increasingly critical thinking and of Youth Citizens advocates
engage with social media promotes social activism for the safe and responsible
and digital tools for and engagement to foster use of digital tools through
recreation, education dialogue and solidarity. It the concept of digital
and empowerment. In is UNICEFs main portal citizenship.
recent years, the explosion to engage youth digitally
of affordable Internet- on issues such as health,
enabled mobile phones in human rights and the Name of organization:
developing countries has environment, among others. United Nations Childrens
resulted in millions of new, In addition to facilitating Fund (UNICEF)
young users, for whom a global dialogue, the E-mail:
access to the online world is Voices of Youth Connect education@unicef.org
increasingly becoming an and Voices of Youth Maps Website:
integral part of their lives. initiatives give children and www.voicesofyouth.org
Chapter 4. Spreading the message 65

CC:iNet and contacts that can be used change conferences, the

the Youth Portal to motivate and empower
people to take action on
Youth Portal serves as a hub
of information on youth-
climate change. related events, exhibits
The Climate Change and virtual participation
Information Network CC:iNet is also home to sessions.
(CC:iNet) serves as an the UNFCCC Youth Portal,
online clearinghouse for which contains a broad
information and resources range of information on
on climate change climate change initiatives, Name of organization:
education, training and projects, campaigns, United Nations Framework
public awareness, as well educational tools, websites Convention on Climate
as public participation in and publications, produced Change secretariat
policy decision-making by and for young people. It
processes. Maintained also highlights activities of Names of contact persons:
Alla Metelitsa,
and promoted by the the United Nations Joint Moritz Weigel
UNFCCC secretariat, Framework Initiative on E-mail:
CC:iNet is designed to help Children, Youth and Climate ametelitsa@unfccc.int,
individuals, organizations Change and provides space mweigel@unfccc.int
and governments gain easy for YOUNGO to showcase Website:
access to materials and its work. During UN climate www.unfccc.int
66 Youth in action on climate change: inspirations from around the world

I Vote for Climate The campaigns goal was

to encourage all candidates
and participated in the
development of a common
at the 2011 presidential strategy. Then contacts
I Vote for Climate is elections in Cameroon to were established with the
a youth-led campaign include strong policies candidates to engage them
conducted from September on climate change and in the campaign, followed
to November 2011 in three sustainable development by a press conference and
regions of Cameroon, in their proposed plans of a launching ceremony
namely Douala, Ngaoundr action. The objectives were supported by the local
and Yaound. It was to raise awareness among and online media. A
led by Vital Actions for the candidates on the petition was launched
Sustainable Development threat climate change and in the whole country to
in partnership with Global environmental degradation seek its endorsement and
Campaign for Climate pose on the life of people signature by citizens and
Action, Jeunes Volontaires and ask them to enforce the by all candidates. This
pour lEnvironnement implementation of ongoing petition with the message
Cameroon, Young Synergy and new national plans of I encourage all candidates
and Development and action addressing these at the presidential election
African Youth Initiative issues. The campaign also 2011 in Cameroon to
on Climate Change. The encouraged Cameroon, consider climate change and
project was funded by as a part of the African sustainable development
the Global Campaign for Group at the UNFCCC in their proposed plans
Climate Action. process, to play an of action was signed by
active role in building over six thousands citizens
a common position of around the country who
all African countries on endorsed the campaign
such issues as the second call and pressured all the
commitment period of candidates to listen to them.
the Kyoto Protocol, the Signatories came from
use of innovative sources diverse backgrounds and
of finance, and a finance have different religions,
transaction tax that could aspirations and concerns,
be linked to the Green but they all were united by
Climate Fund. one common objective: the
need to address impacts
The activities under this of climate change on their
campaign included the lives.
recruitment and training of
young volunteers along with The campaign was a
participating organizations success. It served as an
serving as national partners. opportunity to build a
They acquired necessary civil society movement
skills to play the role of in Cameroon able to
key actors of the campaign pressure the government
Chapter 4. Spreading the message 67

and policy-makers to election. The campaign Name of organization:

enforce environmental was not about trying to Vital Actions for
and climate change influence the outcome of the Sustainable Development
policies and advance elections, but about getting Name of contact person:
their implementation. the issue of climate change Jean Paul Brice Affana
This was the first time the on the agenda and using E-mail:
civil society raised the the opportunity to enhance jeanpaul@actionsvitales.org
importance of integrating awareness among citizens Website:
climate change and and the government. It
sustainable development helped inform, mobilize and
issues in the debates during sensitize citizens around the
and around the presidential whole country.
68 Youth in action on climate change: inspirations from around the world

Shaping up
the Future

Climate Change
Chapter 25 of Agenda 21 established that it is
imperative that youth from all parts of the
world participate actively in all relevant
levels of decision-making processes, because it
affects their lives today and has implications for their future. In addition to their
intellectual contribution and their ability to mobilize support, they bring unique
perspectives that need to be taken into account12.

Youth of today are the decision makers of tomorrow.

Awareness raising and education are key to moving the world onto
a climate friendly path. For these two reasons both young people and
the work programme on Article 6 of the Convention have always been
at the centre of my personal attention. And indeed, the team I work
with back at home in Poland consists of young, capable and motivated
professionals. Young people are the source of passion, creativity and
admirable commitment to the cause. They are our hope
for tomorrow. As the SBI Chair I extend my strong support
towards youth.

Tomasz Chruszczow
Chair, Subsidiary Body for Implementation 2012 - 2013,
Chapter 5. Shaping up the future climate change regime 69

Conference of each COY unites hundreds of youth, both at the

Youth of young climate leaders
in order to build their
intergovernmental climate
change negotiations and in
capacity, share skills and their home countries.
The Conference of Youth collaborate on campaigns The COY brought together
(COY) has been an and strategies related to the more than 300 young
essential part of the youth UNFCCC process. people from more than
delegates calendar since 50 countries prior to the
2005. Held annually on Throughout the three- start of the Doha Climate
the weekend prior to the day conference, the COY Change Conference in 2012.
start of the year-end United prepares youth delegates
Nations climate change for the upcoming UN
conference, the COY climate change conference
Name of organization:
brings young people from and strengthens the Constituency of Youth
around the world together effectiveness of YOUNGO. Non-Governmental
to build the capacity of the The tools developed and Organizations (YOUNGO)
international youth climate distributed at the COY E-mail:
movement. Organised are then used effectively coy@youthclimate.org
and facilitated entirely by by dozens of youth Website:
members of the movement, delegations, and hundreds www.youthclimate.org
70 Youth in action on climate change: inspirations from around the world

Enhancing Youth throughout the day, with United Nations climate

Participation a continuous stream change conferences. This is
in the UNFCCC of creative actions that a chance for youth delegates
Process prove young people are
key players in reaching
to get direct access to high-
level representatives such
innovative, ambitious as the Executive Secretary
The UNFCCC secretariat solutions on climate of the UNFCCC, the Chairs
works together with youth change. of negotiating bodies and
organizations and United the COP Presidency, just to
Nations agencies to create Intergenerational Inquiry: name a few. Each briefing
opportunities for young This event is a highlight lasts 30 minutes with
people to participate in of Young and Future most of the time devoted
United Nations climate Generations Day. It usually to candid questions from
change conferences as fully attracts hundreds of youth young people.
as possible. Young people delegates from around the
also play a meaningful role world, who come together Mini side events: The
in shaping the focus and with the UNFCCC Executive UNFCCC secretariat
content of each of these Secretary, key negotiators, organizes four mini side
opportunities. scientists and other high- events every day to provide
level representatives to a platform for youth
Young and Future discuss a variety of issues, delegates. Mini side events
Generations Day: Young including the role and give young people access to
and Future Generations Day importance of young people a stage, a microphone and
is a non-stop celebration in the UNFCCC process. a captive audience right in
of youth power and the middle of the exhibition
participation at United High-level briefings for area. Young people use
Nations climate change youth: A series of intimate the mini side events to
conferences. Youth-led and interactive briefings showcase a video they
side events, workshops geared specifically towards produced, present a report
and festivities take place youth takes place during they have written or tell the
world about an issue close
to their hearts. The mini
side events are extremely
popular, with each of the
four, 20-minute slots filled
on a daily basis.

UN Youth Booth: This

exhibition booth is hosted
by the United Nations
Joint Framework Initiative
on Children, Youth and
Climate Change and
Chapter 5. Shaping up the future climate change regime 71

allows participating United internet access so that the United Nations climate
Nations agencies and youth youth delegates can connect change conferences. This
organizations to showcase with their networks back helps build the capacity
their work. Volunteers from home. The equipment and of the international youth
the youth constituency are technical support enables climate change movement
invited to staff the booth young people inside the and increases the impact
and answer questions conference venue to reach that youth have at climate
from delegates. The booth out to young people outside change negotiations.
is also a hub for young the conference venue
people, who often use it as through video conferencing, Name of organization:
a meeting place and to post which helps increase United Nations Framework
information on YOUNGOs their engagement in the Convention on Climate
daily activities. UNFCCC process. Change secretariat

Virtual Participation Funding youth participants Names of contact persons:

Alla Metelitsa,
Room: The virtual from developing countries: Moritz Weigel
participation room looks Since 2009, funding from E-mail:
like an ordinary meeting the governments of Norway ametelitsa@unfccc.int,
room but comes equipped and the Netherlands has mweigel@unfccc.int
with microphones, a large allowed young people from Website:
screen, a projector and the Global South to travel to www.unfccc.int
72 Youth in action on climate change: inspirations from around the world

Towards a increase youth participation Advocacy on climate

Stronger in the climate talks and

decision-making on climate
justice in Togo;

Environment change.
Distribution of

Movement in sustainable solutions

such as improved cook
Africa Participation in several

stoves and other solar
United Nations climate
powered appliances to
change conferences;
This project, being mitigate climate change;
implemented by Jeunes Participation in the

Awareness raising

Volontaires pour AMCEN meetings
through radio and TV
lEnvironnement (JVE) on climate change in
takes place in 16 countries in Bamako, Mali, and in
Arusha, Tanzania; Advocacy on climate

Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso,
finance in Togo and
Burundi, Cameroon, Ghana, Accreditation for more

Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, than 3,000 young people
Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, around the world; Organization of side

Senegal, Tanzania, Togo and events on climate
Training and capacity-

Zambia. It aims to increase change and community
building workshops
public awareness of climate planning Agenda 21 at
on climate change
change by conducting the COP 17/CMP 7 in
and community based
advocacy on climate justice Durban;
adaptation in various
in African countries and Organization of youth
to amplify the voices of camps and forums
communities regarding local Studies and publications

on climate change in
policies on climate change. on community based
various countries.
Furthermore, its aim is to adaptation in Togo;
Chapter 5. Shaping up the future climate change regime 73

Principal achievements: transfer and elimination Name of organization:

Youth participation and of fuel subsidies, for Jeunes Volontaires pour
presence in the climate adaptation to climate lEnvironnement
talks has improved, young change in Africa and Names of contact persons:
peoples participation in international negotiations Sena Alouka,
Severin Koffi Apedjagbo
climate negotiations was on climate change;
facilitated; E-mail:
JVE held side events on
Youth are better trained
climate change. sevekoff@gmail.com
and empowered on Website:
climate change issues; www.jve-international.org

Young people are able

to conduct advocacy
campaigns on climate
justice in African
countries where JVE is
Decision makers in Benin

and Togo are sensitized

about the importance of
innovative mechanisms,
such as technology
74 Youth in action on climate change: inspirations from around the world

CliMates organizations as well as

high-level experts from
and renewables within
academic institutions to the
academic institutions, development of innovative
CliMates is an international, NGOs and think-tanks. proposals to attribute
student-led think-and- responsibility for climate
do-tank dedicated to Over the course of change at UNFCCC level,
the elaboration and the week, participants and the analysis of societal
implementation of elaborated the Call for trends affecting climate
innovative solutions Action, an outcome policy. CliMates seeks to
to climate change. The document reflecting help foster ambition around
organization gathers over the perspectives and the conclusion of a global
a hundred students from expertise of youth and agreement at COP 21
more than 30 countries, students on climate issues. in France and to develop
collaborating to conduct The document details innovative solutions to
research and action projects some recommendations climate change at the local
in partnership with many to decision-makers at level.
influential climate actors. all levels, for instance
After a year of collaborative on the legal status of
research on various climate- environmentally-displaced
related issues (towards persons, or a stronger
Name of organization:
low-carbon agriculture, inclusion of climate CliMates
adaptation policies and issues at all stages of
Names of contact persons:
economic development), education. It also lists Sabrina Marquant
CliMates members the research and action E-mail:
gathered in Paris for the projects that students sabrina.marquant@
first CliMates International committed to undertake climates.fr
Summit along with youth - from the promotion Website:
and students from partner of energy efficiency www.climates.fr
Chapter 5. Shaping up the future climate change regime 75

We need to develop a common understanding about climate

change and how to address it! We cannot wait we should take
action now! We are working to achieve an effective implementation of
the Climate Change Convention to join efforts in education, training
and public awareness because the world needs a cultural change with
new lifestyles, consumption and production patterns, low emissions and
climate resilience. Lets work together.
Juan Diego Valenzuela from Colombia

CO2.CR, the young leaders wrote on how to build a low carbon

Costa Rica Costa Ricas first Youth and climate resilient Costa
Position for COP 17 and a Rica. CO2.CR members
document called Vision of support other low emission
CO2.CR is a group of Costa Rican Youth about a initiatives in the country,
citizens, led by young Central American Position for example Coopedota,
people who want to help in Climate Change. R.L., a small cooperative of
Costa Rica become a low Another roundtable was rural coffee producers in the
carbon and climate resilient organized about green process of attaining the first
economy. Since 2011, CO2. economy and sustainable carbon neutral certification
CR has been organizing development, where for coffee in the world.
roundtables about climate young people presented
change in order to raise proposals on agriculture, Name of organization:
awareness, educate forests, climate change, CO2.CR
and empower youth to cities, buildings, education, Name of contact person:
fight against climate energy, industry, fishing, Alejandra Granados Sols
change. In 2011, CO2.CR water, waste, transport E-mail:
organized a roundtable and tourism. The final alejandragranados@co2.cr
about the climate change roundtable discussed the Website:
negotiations. At this event young peoples perspective www.CO2.cr
76 Youth in action on climate change: inspirations from around the world

My Little COP

When training the Kenyan

youth who were to attend
negotiations in Doha, Qatar,
I found it very difficult to
get material on the talks
that was easy to understand.
This inspired me to write a
series of short blog posts,
twice a week, on the website
for the organization I
work with, African Youth
Initiative on Climate
Change. After releasing the
first post late last year, I got
overwhelming response
from youth and also
veteran negotiators that languages, namely English, book for this purpose. The
they were indeed finding Myanmar, Swahili, Pakistani main aim of My Little COP
the posts very useful. I then Urdu, Cambodia, French, Pocketbook is to lower the
went ahead and co-wrote Bangladesh, Macedonian, barrier to youth engagement
nine more articles, with Vietnamese and Chinese. in climate policy.
Reuben Makomere, a fellow Youth volunteers have
youth from Kenya. undertaken all these
translations, with many Names of contact persons:
In order to make the other translations still Kennedy Liti Mbeva
articles easily accessible, being worked on. The book E-mail:
we compiled them into a is also being used to train mbevakl@gmail.com
booklet titled My Little youth in various parts Website:
COP Pocketbook and of the world on climate, www.greenbits.heroku.com
released it to various youth environmental governance
networks. Shortly after and how to influence it. In
releasing the book, we got the Democratic Republic of
numerous requests from Congo, a journalist with the
youth from different parts magazine Info-Environment
of the world, who wanted is using the book to train
to translate it into several youth in climate policy.
languages. Currently the Challenge to Change in
book is available in ten Vietnam is also using the
Chapter 5. Shaping up the future climate change regime 77

of non-formal education in
tackling climate change.
WAGGGS is keen to
support implementation of
the Doha work programme
on Article 6 and to work
with the newly formed
United Nations Alliance on
Education, Training and
Public Awareness.

WAGGGS worked closely

with YOUNGO to help
coordinate and moderate
the Intergenerational
Inquiry event during
the Young and Future
Generations Day. WAGGGS
also worked with other
WAGGGS at adequately resource and youth representatives to
COP 18/CMP 8 monitor climate change
education and skill-building
reiterate the importance of
the role of girls and young
for youth, and called for women in all climate change
In November and world leaders to make policies and programmes
December 2012, 10 youth immediate, legally binding and to bring gender into
delegates from 9 countries long-lasting changes. the foreground of the talks.
represented WAGGGS at The WAGGGS delegates
the annual United Nations WAGGGS lobbying, actions gained a lot from the
climate change conference and media work in the first conference and will use their
in Doha, Qatar. Youth week focused on Article 6 of confidence and experience
delegates were carefully the UNFCCC, which deals to implement projects to
selected based on their with education, training and speak out and take action on
experience of delivering public awareness. WAGGGS climate change in each of
non-formal education were pleased to engage with their countries at the local
projects on climate change. the secretariat and Parties, or national levels.
They attended weekly Skype including the Dominican
Republic, the European Name of organization:
calls in the months prior to World Association of Girl
the conference, attended Union and Japan in the Guides and Girl Scouts
pre-training in Qatar and creation of a new work (WAGGGS)
took part in the Conference programme on Article 6. Name of contact person:
of Youth. In Doha, One of our youth delegates, Harriet Thew
WAGGGS encouraged Chathushka Amarsinghe E-mail:
Parties to empower girls from Sri Lanka spoke on Harriet@wagggsworld.org
and young women as behalf of FAO at a UN side Website:
powerful agents of change, event on the importance www.wagggsworld.org
78 Youth in action on climate change: inspirations from around the world

Greenbits policies through increased Youth from more than 10

Initiative awareness and enhanced countries from different
involvement of young regions of the world have
people. been involved in Greenbits
Greenbits Initiative is a Initiative, and the number of
project aiming to leverage Greenbits Initiative builds participants is growing.
active youth participation capacity of young people
in policy making by either individually or
developing their capacity. through the various local Names of organization:
As a result, young people youth networks involved GreenBits Initiative
are empowered to not only in climate change and Names of contact persons:
relate climate change, sustainable development Reuben Makomere,
Kennedy Liti Mbeva
environment and sustainable activities.
development policies to their E-mail:
adaptation initiatives, but Greenbits Initiative works to mbevakl@gmail.com
also engage in such policies reduce the barrier to policy
from the grassroots level. engagement through the www.greenbits.heroku.com
production of easy, fun to
Greenbits Initiative aims read publications, translated
to build a critical mass into various languages by
of the public pressure to volunteers and utilized
influence formulation of by youth groups at the
ambitious climate change grassroots level.
Chapter 5. Shaping up the future climate change regime 79


Air pollution and climate change, primarily caused by burning fossil fuels, will not
be solved unless bold efforts are made by governments, businesses, and individuals
acting as civil society. As equal partners and the beneficiaries or victims of
decisions made, you(th) play a crucial role in tackling atmospheric issues.
Your carbon footprint is the effect that your daily activities have on climate
change, in terms of CO2 equivalent units. Governments can sign policies to
reduce GHGs, but reduction targets cannot be reached unless action is taken
individually. Currently, average individual carbon footprint is being exceeded
in most regions and globally. Keep track of yours, using a carbon footprint
calculator. A number of general and country-specific calculators are available
online. After all, to manage you need to measure.
Consume only what you need and avoid any form of waste. Also, use your
consumer power to favor environment-friendly products and eat less meat.
If people do not purchase a product, manufacturers will stop producing it.
Energy efficiency adds up to an additional source of fuel. It can help
businesses save on overhead costs in heating, air conditioning, refrigeration,
transportation, etc. and saves you money at home. So, whether at your house,
school, or office, use energy efficient appliances and unplug all electronics
when not in use.
Saving the world requires well-informed citizens. Use figures, facts, and a
hands-on approach to educate your family, friends, and communities about the
climate crisis. Maybe even write for the local newspaper. Knowledge is power.
Young people around the world, just like you, are standing up to politicians
and polluters. Demand that governments pursue positive policies on climate
change. Ask them to include young people in such decision-making processes.
Similarly, ask corporations to publish their carbon footprints and to reduce
their contribution to environmental threats, especially climate change.

Source: UNEP
80 Youth in action on climate change: inspirations from around the world

Useful Publications
and Materials
for Youth

Food Security and Climate Change Challenge Badge

The badge curriculum is part of the Our Climate, Our Food, Our World
initiative of FAO, WAGGGS, YUNGA and other partners. It is designed
to help educate children and young people about climate change and
food security while encouraging them to take action against global
warming, environmental degradation and hunger in the world.

Children Environmental Series

A series of seven childrens environmental storybooks, published by
UNEP, include two books on climate change and how children can
mitigate its effects.

GEO5 for Youth Tunza Acting for a Better World

GEO5 is written by youth for youth. It examines a variety of trends related
to the Earths system, equips youth with cutting edge knowledge on
environmental challenges, and explores whether internationally agreed
environmental goals are being achieved.

Tunza Magazine
The magazine is produced by UNEP quarterly in three languages
English, French and Spanish. It is distributed to young people around the
world. Several issues in the past have focussed on climate change and
related issues.

YouthXchange Guidebook on Climate Change and

UNEP, in collaboration with UNESCO, launched a guidebook on climate
change and lifestyles targeting young people aged 15-24 as part of the
YouthXchange Initiative. The guidebook is a training kit seeking to
promote sustainable lifestyles through education, dialogue, awareness
raising and capacity-building.

Climate Change Education Starters Guidebook

UNESCO together with UNEP developed a Climate Change Starters
Guidebook, which provides an introduction and overview for education
planners and practitioners on the wide range of issues relating to climate
change and climate change education, including causes, impacts,
mitigation and adaptation strategies, as well as selected broad political and
economic principles.

Sandwatch: Adapting to Climate Change and Educating for

Sustainable Development
This publication is a guide for introducing Sandwatch methodology:
for monitoring, analyzing, sharing and taking action to address climate
change at the school level.

Youth @ COP18
This report explains the instrumental role YOUNGO plays at the
UNFCCC process. It details youth participation in the recent climate
change conference through policy development, interventions, actions
and lobbying.

Climate Change and Children, A Human Security

The study reviews the implications of climate change for children and
future generations, drawing on experiences of promoting child rights and
well-being in different sectors and countries.
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Climate Change and Environmental Education

A companion to the Child Friendly Schools Manual
The purpose of this module is to provide in-depth information on how
climate change and environmental education can be integrated into the
design, implementation and practice of child-friendly schools.

Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction

in the Education Sector Resource Manual
UNICEF has developed this resource manual to assist governments and
education practitioners in scaling up and mainstreaming climate change
adaptation and disaster risk reduction in the education sector.

Climate Change Take Action Now

This is a guide for supporting local actions of children and young people,
with special emphasis on girls and young women, for addressing climate
change. It provides guidance regarding seven steps for working as a
change agent.

Guidelines for WAGGGS Members to Promote Non-formal

Climate Change Education to Decision-makers
A toolkit on how to engage in Article 6 of the UNFCCC advocacy at
the national level to promote non-formal climate change education and
training to national decision-makers.

World Thinking Day 2012 Activity Pack

This material presents actions that children and young people can lead at
the local and national levels on sustainability and climate change issues.
The activity pack includes recommendations on how to organize public
awareness campaigns and celebrate the World Thinking Day.

Youth Portal @ UNFCCC Climate Change Information

Network Clearinghouse CC:iNet
The UNFCCC Youth Portal offers a broad range of information on climate
change initiatives, projects, campaigns, educational tools, websites and
publications, produced by and for young people. It also highlights activities
undertaken by members of the United Nations Joint Framework Initiative on
Children, Youth and Climate Change and provides space for the UNFCCC
observer constituency of youth non-governmental organizations YOUNGO -
to showcase its work.

Tunza Website
UNEP maintains an online website and social networking platform that
engages over 30,000 children and youth globally.

Clearinghouse on Climate Change Education

UNESCOs Clearinghouse on Climate Change Education website provides an
easy access to hundreds of teaching and learning materials on climate change
through a new database, complementing UN clearinghouse platforms in
support of Article 6 of the UNFCCC, such as CC:iNet and UN CC:Learn.

Learning to Address Climate Change

This video, produced by UNESCO, demonstrates in four minutes why climate
change education is important to shape sustainable development and how it
works in practice. Available in English, French and Spanish.

Education for Disaster Preparedness

This short UNESCO-video illustrates the vital role that Education for disaster
preparedness plays in building disaster resilient societies and saving lives.
Available in English, French and Spanish.

UN CC:Learn
UN CC:Learn prepared a Resource Guide on Integrating Climate Change
in Education at Primary and Secondary Level so that existing learning
materials on climate change produced by UN organizations can be made as
widely available as possible. Learning topics include Strategies and Policies
for Climate Change Education; Integration of Climate Change in Curricula;
Training and Teaching Materials for Teachers and Educators; and Safe and
Sustainable School Campuses.

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the occasion of the Educating for a sustainable future, Rio+20 side-event; RioCentro, Rio de
Janeiro, Brazil, 21 June 2012 Publ: 2012; 5 p.; DG/2012/099.

2. UNFCCC. Essential Background. http://unfccc.int/essential_background/convention/


3. Fact Sheet: Youth and Climate Change. This Fact Sheet was prepared by the United
Nations Joint Framework Initiative on Children, Youth and Climate Change and the
United Nations Programme on Youth. It is part of a series of Fact Sheets developed under
the coordination of the United Nations Programme on Youth.

4. UNEP. 2013. Tunza Acting for a Better World: GEO-5 for Youth. Nairobi, Kenya.

5. UNFCCC. Fact sheet: The need for mitigation, http://unfccc.int/press/fact_sheets/


6. WMO Information Note, A summary of current climate change findings and figures

7. WMO Information Note, A summary of current climate change findings and figures

8. FAO Food Security and Climate Change Challenge Badge.

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Thanks go to the many youth
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highlight concrete work young people do to incite their
governments and the international community to scale
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and a source of inspiration for developing and carrying out projects,

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impacts of climate change, promote sustainable lifestyles and

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