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Climate Change: Implications for Cities

Urban centers account for more than half of the world's population, most of its economic activities and the majority of energy-related emissions. This publication by the European Climate Foundation (ECF), Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) and the University of Cambridge offers a summary on key findings of the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) regarding implications of climate change for urban areas. Read more

Climate Change: Implications for Cities

Posted on 31 July 2014


Communicating climate change:
Climate Access

Climate Access is a global network of climate and clean energy communicators, serving more than 2,000 members in 57 countries. Through Climate Access, members are connected to a diverse group of experts, cutting-edge research and proven techniques for mobilizing audiences for climate action. It offers a broad range of resource materials, a campaign gallery and a special section where practitioners and researchers can discuss the latest research. Read more

Climate Access

Posted on 24 July 2014


Learning about climate change: the Pacific way

Check out ‘Learning about Climate Change the Pacific Way’ – a comprehensive collection of education resources for students, teachers and facilitators equipped with information relevant to all Pacific Island countries and territories.

Explore colorful visual guides showcasing causes and effects of climate change and local level mitigation and adaptation responses from the Pacific.

The accompanying teacher guides offer background information and hands-on teaching activities.

Learning about climate change: the Pacific way

Posted on 18 July 2014


Communicating climate change:
What you can do

Do you want to talk about climate change in a way that is easy to understand and relevant for your audience? The BBC Media Action toolkit "Communicating Climate Change: What You Can Do" is based on the results of more than 30,000 interviews on climate change perceptions in Asia. Read more

The BBC Media Action toolkit

Posted on 10 July 2014


Plant for the planet – Become a Climate Justice Ambassador

Plant-for-the-Planet is a children’s initiative that aims to raise awareness amongst children and adults about climate change and global justice.

During the “Plant- for-the-Planet Academies” students improve their knowledge about climate change and global justice. Participants learn how to give a lecture and to organize planting sessions. Learn more

See some inspiring examples from Cameroon:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/plant-for-the-planet/sets/72157644899972813/

Plant for the Planet

Posted on 3 July 2014


Communicating climate change:
Climate Silence (and how to break it)

This briefing paper by COIN, the Climate Outreach & Information Network, examines the various ways climate change has been framed in recent years. Building on examples from the United Kingdom, the authors argue that the debate urgently needs new narratives that make the link between the climate challenge and ordinary people’s lives more visible. Read more

climate Silence (and how to break it)

Posted on 26 June 2014


Launch of the new Capacity Development for Climate Change Partnership (C3D+) website

The Capacity Development for Climate Change Partnership (C3D+) aims to strengthen capacities of developing countries to address climate change through nationally appropriate measures and planning strategies.

Coordinated by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), the nine regional C3D+ partner organizations support research and training institutions in developing countries to identify, develop, test and apply new analytical tools and methods that can build their capacities.

The revamped website promotes knowledge-sharing among developing country researchers and practitioners and shares the experience of ten years of analytical work on adaptation and mitigation solutions in developing countries. The site is organized around C3D+'s five service areas: Climate Science and Information Services; Climate Vulnerability and Adaptation Services; Climate Mitigation Services; Mainstreaming Services; and Capacity Development. Read more

C3D+

Posted on 18 June 2014


“Youth in action on climate change: inspirations from around the world”
now also available in Arabic and Russian

Today we are launching the latest flagship publication by the United Nations Joint Framework Initiative on Children, Youth and Climate Change in Arabic and Russian. Download it in one of the six official UN languages here or pick up a copy at the UNFCCC Climate Change Publications Counter, if you are attending the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany from 4 to 15 June.

The publication was prepared with the generous financial support from the European Union and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.

Youth In Action

Posted on 3 June 2014


Earthbook - Project Earth: Our Future 2.0

What would planet Earth post about humans on its social media profile? Watch this humorous, but thought-provoking video by the Climate Media Factory.

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Posted on 29 May 2014


Empowered Generation: Youth Action on Climate Change

This publication by the Global Environment Facility (GEF)’s Small Grants Programme (SGP) highlights how young people address climate change at the grass-roots level and aims to inspire broad engagement of youth in climate action. The SGP supports children and youth to take leadership roles in promoting low emission and climate resilient development by providing financial and technical support to youth organizations around the world.

Empowering Generation

Posted on 21 May 2014


Climate Change: Children’s Challenge

UNICEF’s new report draws on five years of research, highlighting perspectives on climate change from young people in the UK and all over the world. Children - unlike many adults - understand the reality of climate change. It is already threatening their access to food, clean water, education and shelter, and these threats will continue to grow unless we act now.

The report shows that three-quarters of 11-16 year-olds in the UK are worried about how climate change will affect their future and wish the government would do more to tackle it.

Climate Change: Children's Challenge

Posted on 15 May 2014


Halving meat consumption offers ‘significant’ climate benefits

Strategies for Mitigating Climate Change in Agriculture, a California Environmental Associates and Climate Focus authored report, finds that annual carbon emissions from global agriculture can be reduced by as much as 50 to 90 percent by 2030.

The study highlights key strategies – led by reduced global beef consumption, reduced food waste, and better farm nutrient management and production – that can deliver big climate wins while maintaining food security and building resilience.

“Reducing demand of meat by a relatively small amount would have a significant absolute impact on greenhouse gas emissions, human health and the environment associated with livestock production”

Read more or download the report.

Halving Meat consumption

Posted on 08 May 2014


Our giant game of Tetris

This video illustrates global warming in an eye-catching way. Do you remember the video game of Tetris? There's a game of Tetris happening on a global scale: The playing space is planet Earth, and all those pesky, stacking blocks represent carbon dioxide -- a greenhouse gas that is piling up ever more rapidly as we burn the fossil fuels that run our cars, factories and power plants.

This time the game is real and, unlike with Tetris, we won't get an opportunity to start over and try again…

Posted on 30 April 2014


Young Voices for the Planet
“Kids Have Power”

Young Voices for the Planet is a film series featuring young people who are making a difference! They are shrinking the carbon footprint of their homes, schools and communities. You, too, can do something about global warming! Click here for more inspiring examples or see the introductory video below:

Posted on 24 April 2014


Meat Atlas 2014 -
Facts and Figures about the animals we eat

The newly published ‘Meat Atlas’ by the Heinrich Böll Foundation sheds light on the impacts of meat and dairy production, and aims to catalyse the debate over the need for more sustainable food and farming.

With its vivid graphs and references to everyday life, the atlas raises awareness on the consequences of meat consumption and industrial livestock production for climate change, poverty and hunger, displacement and migration, animal welfare and biodiversity.

If you are wondering how to move towards a more sustainable lifestyle – here is a good starting point!

Meat Atlas

Posted on 15 April 2014


“Everything you need to know about the IPCC fifth Assessment Report”
– Impacts, Adaptation & Vulnerability

Recently, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has issued the second volume of its Fifth Assessment Report on Climate Change, probably the most updated and comprehensive overview on scientific knowledge about climate change.

The video by the International Center for Climate Governance "Everything you need to know about the IPCC fifth Assessment Report - Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability" explores the content of the report by breaking the narratives by leading scientists down into vivid graphics which helps to better digest the somehow bulky substance. However, the message behind the report is clear:

Climate change is happening – and climate action is needed now!

Posted on 09 April 2014


Expedition Hope – Stop the global meltdown

Today, 2 April 2014 Plant-for-the-Plant is launching Expedition Hope to raise awareness on the devastating effects of global warming and the artic meltdown. The over 1000 km long expedition starts with the symbolic planting of a tree at the North Pole and will end in Canada in May.

Interact with the expedition members via their blog and Facebook page and learn more about the objectives and background of Expedition Hope here :

Expedition Hope

Posted on 02 April 2014


Video contest: What does climate change mean to you?

The Action4Climate video challenge invites young aspiring film makers to produce and submit by 1 April 2014 a 1-12 minute video documentary telling a story about climate change. How is climate change impacting your community? What are you doing about it? What needs to be done to solve the climate challenge? For more information, click here or look out for hashtag #Action4Climate on Twitter!

Posted on 26 March 2014


World Meteorological Day 2014 - Weather and Climate: Engaging Youth

This year's World Meteorological Day theme is "Weather and climate: engaging youth." While today’s youth will benefit from the dramatic advances being made in our ability to understand and forecast the Earth’s weather and climate, most of them will also experience the increasing impacts of global warming.

The World Meteorological Organization has published a number of resource materials, such as the guide to meteorology and the revamped Youth Corner, to encourage young people to learn more about our weather and climate system and to contribute to action on climate change.

Weather and Climate, Engaging Youth

Posted on 20 March 2014


A Girls’ Guide to COP 19

Is it possible for 6 girls to change the world? Watch the ‘Girls’ Guide to COP 19’ video by My Climate & Me to find out!

Posted on 6 March 2014


International Women’s Day 2014: Equality for women is progress for all

To commemorate International Women’s Day 2014 on 8 March, a variety of recent publications that highlight the tremendous scope and importance of linkages between women, gender and climate change have been included on CC:iNet. Click on one of the covers below or browse the database to learn more.

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Posted on 6 March 2014


UN CC:Learn

UN CC:Learn has recently launched a One UN Introductory e-course on Climate Change as well as a Guidance Note to help countries adopt more strategic and systematic approaches to climate change learning, both of which support the implementation of Article 6 of the Convention.
These products have been developed through extensive dialogue and support provided by more than 30 UN organizations, together with on the ground experience from 5 countries, Benin, Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Malawi and Uganda.



Posted on 25 February 2014


UNWTO Guidebook ‘Sustainable Tourism for Development’

Tourism is a major sector and a valuable agent for economic and social growth. However, the need to tackle climate change and adapt to its impacts must be recognized in tourism policies and strategies in the short and long term. The World Tourism Organization’s brand new guidebook ‘Sustainable Tourism for Development’ helps to pave the way. Read more

Posted on 20 February 2014


Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN)

CLEAN, the “Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network” was launched in 2010 as a pathway project by academic, science, and national administrations. It serves as a one-stop shop for interested audience to become literate with topics surrounding climate and energy. With a comprehensive set of essential information on the key science and teaching strategies, CLEAN offers a variety of tools and educational material to improve the understanding of your impact on climate and climate's impact on you and society.

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CLEAN

Posted on 12 February 2014


Greening China`s Financial System

This International Institute for Sustainable Development and the Development Research Center of the State Council of China are collaborating on an exploration of policy options to support China in developing a ‘green financial system’ and to encourage such developments internationally. The ‘Greening China`s Financial System’ report highlights the findings from the first phase of this partnership, such as that China’s financial regulators are committed to advancing policies and regulations that will encourage green credit, and also equivalent developments in insurance and securities.

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Climate Change in Africa

UNESCO: Climate Change in Africa -
A Guidebook for Journalists

Journalists in Africa have critical roles to play in explaining the causes and effects of climate change, in describing what countries and communities can do to mitigate and adapt to the impacts ahead, and in reporting on what governments and companies do, or do not do, to respond to these challenges. This UNESCO guidebook aims to support journalists by making available the most important background information in a concise manner as well as practical recommendations that came out of consultations with journalists involved in climate change reporting in Africa.

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Posted on 31 January 2014


Greening Universities

UNEP Greening Universities Toolkit

The objective of the UNEP Greening Universities Toolkit is to inspire, encourage and support university staff and students to develop and implement their own transformative strategies for creating green, resource-efficient and low emission campuses.

The toolkit is part of a wider ‘Greening Universities Initiative’ established by UNEP in collaboration with other United Nations organizations under the umbrella of the Global Universities Partnership for Environment and Sustainability (GUPES). GUPES brings together over 100 universities from across the world.

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Posted on 23 January 2014


Adaptation Fund Photo Contest

Adaptation Fund's 2013-14 Photo Contest

Photographers heads up! Have you taken a photo that says a thousand words about urban climate adaptation and resilience? Submit your best shots to the Adaptation Fund’s photo contest by 31 January 2014! The contest is addressed to everybody - professional and amateur photographers. Click the following link to see how to participate.

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Posted on 16 January 2014


UNESCO video on ‘Learning to address climate change’

This animated video by UNESCO shows in four minutes why climate change education is important and how it shapes sustainable development in practice. The video also helps to better understand the causes of climate change and highlights examples of how teachers and students can take climate action.

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Posted on 08 January 2014


Alliance for Climate Education

The “Alliance for Climate Education” (ACE) is an award-winning national nonprofit organization dedicated to educating US high school students about the science behind climate change and inspiring them take climate action while having fun along the way. Visit the ACE website, which offers detailed information for interested students as well as background knowledge for teachers.

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Climate Change Youth Video Contest

The Will Steger Foundation invites young US citizens to share their actions on and help raise awareness about climate change in the form of a video. The “Youth Voices of Change” video contest is now open for transmissions from young people in Grades 4-12 during the 2013-2014 school year. Watch the promotional video to find out how you can participate here.

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Posted on 19 December 2013


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Interview by the UN Alliance on Climate Change Education, Training and Public Awareness

Only through a fundamental change in the way we think and act our societies can step on a path to sustainability. In 2012, the UN Alliance on Climate Change Education, Training and Public Awareness was formed to unite the expertise and comparative strengths of thirteen UN entities to work with governments and other stakeholders on mobilizing a universal public support for ambitious climate action. View the interview to find out more about the work of the Alliance.

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Posted on 13 December 2013


COP 19/CMP 9 Side Event on “Combatting Climate Change through Education and Training”

Organized by the United Nations Alliance on Climate Change Education, Training and Public Awareness , this side event featured a lively panel discussion on the fundamental importance of education and training for climate change action. It showcased the pivotal role played by young people in advancing knowledge on mitigating and adapting to climate change. The large panel included representatives from several UN Alliance member organizations, NGO partners and - of course - youth leaders. The event was opened by the UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth, Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi, who emphasized that climate change education was the key to building a sustaining and equitable future.

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Posted on 16 November 2013


Intergenerational Inquiry at COP 19/CMP 9

Attended by more than 200 participants, the Intergenerational Inquiry was the highlight of the Young and Future Generations Day on 14 November. It gave youth delegates from around the world the opportunity to engage with key players in the intergovernmental climate change arena: UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Christiana Figueres, the UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi and French Climate Ambassador, Jacques Lapouge were on the panel alongside Nathan Niedermeier and Sylvia Yirenkyi, two youth delegates. The discussion focused on intergenerational equity as a moral principle that can unite developing and developed country Parties with civil society, older, younger and future generations and all genders in pursuit of climate justice and an ambitious post 2015 climate agreement. Watch the event’s summary video here.

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Posted on 14 November 2013


Youth Publication Launch

COP 19/CMP 9: "Youth in Action on Climate Change: Inspirations from Around the World" now also available in Chinese!

Click here to download the Youth in Action on Climate Change: Inspirations from Around the World in English, French, Spanish – and now also Chinese! Developed by the United Nations Joint Framework Initiative on Children, Youth and Climate Change with the generous financial support of the European Union and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, the publication showcases on-the-ground examples of United Nations entities and youth-focused and youth-led organizations across the globe working together to create a more sustainable world. The Chinese language version was launched by UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres and a delegation of Chinese minors at COP 19/CMP 9 in Warsaw, Poland on Thursday, 14 November on the occasion of Young and Future Generations Day.

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Posted on 14 November 2013


Youth Portal

Check out the CC:iNet Youth Portal page for COP 19/CMP 9

At COP 19/CMP 9 youth delegates continue to engage in the intergovernmental negotiation progress through various activities. The CC:iNet Youth Portal provides a central hub for information on activities for, with and by youth during COP 19/CMP 9 happening both inside and outside the conference venue. Check out the frequently updated Daily Schedule of Youth Events to see what's going on and how you can participate. If you want to include an event on the calendar, contact us at youth@unfccc.int . Please also make information on your activities available to a global audience by uploading it directly to the CC:iNet database .

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Posted on 7 November 2013


Ocean Badge

YUNGA launches Ocean Challenge Badge

The ocean plays an essential role in regulating the world's climate. The latest addition to the Youth and United Nations Global Alliance (YUNGA) challenge badge series is designed to help educate children and young people about the vital role the ocean plays in supporting life on Earth. The badge looks at how people live by, explore and use the coast, the seas and marine products, describing the effect this has on the marine environment and offering ideas on how individuals can take action to help make this close relationship more sustainable. This material is appropriate for use in school classes, Guide or Scout groups or youth meetings generally. Dive in and discover activities that you can do to help protect the ocean:

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Posted on 31 October 2013


‘Building the Change’: LEGO® workshop at & EcoCity World Summit 2013

What happens if 4,000 children are given 2 million bricks to build the world’s future city? Watch the following video from a LEGO® workshop at the Eco City World Summit 2013 and experience refreshing ideas of how a climate-friendly and sustainable city looks like through the eyes of a child:

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Posted on 24 October 2013


Meat Consumption

What’s Your ‘Steak’ In It? Youth Involvement in Animal Agriculture & Climate Change

Eye-opening report by students from New York University sheds the light on considerable and ever growing adverse impacts of meat production on the global climate system and offers insights on how you can reduce your personal carbon footprint by limiting your meat consumption.

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Posted on 17 October 2013


Climate Adaptation Mitigation E-Learning’ (CAMEL) platform

Climate Adaptation Mitigation E-Learning’ (CAMEL) platform

Check out the ‘Climate Adaptation Mitigation E-Learning’ (CAMEL) platform – a comprehensive, free multimedia resource for educators. It includes materials on over 300 interdisciplinary topic areas as tools for educators to teach about climate change causes, consequences, solutions and actions. The platform allows educators to create courses, teaching materials, administer exams and surveys and collaborate with others.

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Posted on 10 October 2013


GHG Management Institute

GHGMI offers new online courses on GHG accounting and management

The Greenhouse Gas Management Institute (GHGMI) has expanded its education programme, which includes online courses and diploma programmes on GHG accounting and carbon management. All courses are self-paced and may be taken individually or as part of a diploma programme.

The Institute offers financial assistance for course and diploma fees to individuals working for non-profit, non-governmental organizations, as well as those working in governments and small to medium-sized enterprises in developing countries.

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Posted on 1 October 2013


UNICEF Resource Manual

UNICEF launches new resource manual on

“Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in the Education Sector”

Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in the Education Sector’ is a comprehensive resource manual for governments and education practitioners to scaling up and mainstreaming climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction in the education sector. The manual is comprised of 10 modules that identify key entry points at the policy, planning and advocacy levels.

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Posted on 25 September 2013


Agriculture Guide

Farming First launches Guide to UNFCCC Negotiations on Agriculture

The guide aims to provide key stakeholders with a one-stop source of information on the UNFCCC discussion on agriculture by offering a series of videos, infographics, quotes and key facts and figures on the relationship between agriculture and climate change. Developed by Farming First, a coalition of multi-stakeholder organizations that aims to articulate, endorse and promote practical, actionable programmes and activities to further sustainable agricultural development worldwide, the guide can be used as a toolkit for communications and outreach activities on matters related to agriculture and climate change.

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Posted on 12 September 2013


Think Forward Film Festival

Think Forward Film Festival on climate change, energy efficiency and renewable energy

The 3rd Think Forward Film Festival is a project of the International Center for Climate Governance (ICCG) that aims at studying, discussing, and disseminating information on climate change and issues related to energy efficiency and renewable energy through short and feature films and discussions with film directors and actors. The annual festival will take place in Venice, Italy from 6-7 December 2013. Deadline for participating is 15 October 2013. Find more information on the film contest here

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Posted on 4 September 2013


Youth Report Youth Publication 2013 - Spanish version Youth Publication 2013 - French version

‘Youth in action on climate change: inspirations from around the world’
- now also available in French and Spanish!

The new publication by the United Nations Joint Framework Initiative on Children, Youth and Climate Change, which highlights 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, is now also available in French and Spanish.

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Français
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Posted on 31 August 2013

Knowledge Navigator

Developed by IDS Knowledge Services with the support of the Climate Development Knowledge Network, the Knowledge Navigator widget is an online application that helps to find and easily access selected climate change platforms. In the form of a categorized and searchable dataset, it covers the topics of adaptation, mitigation and development. The dataset provides knowledge brokers, intermediaries and other practitioners with a clearer picture of who is working in the Climate Change sector, to enable them to link up more effectively.

Posted on 16 July 2013

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UNCCD Capacity Building Marketplace

UNCCD Capacity Building Marketplace

​​The UNCCD Capacity Building Marketplace brings needs and possible solutions together, directly linking demand and supply for all concerned directly or otherwise with the UNCCD process, and in particular with the implementation of its 10-Year Strategy.

Posted on 20 June 2013

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RoundTable

Pacific Climate Change Roundtable

3 – 5 July 2013, Nadi, Fiji

The Pacific Climate Change Roundtable is a bi-annual meeting of regional and national governments, organizations, partners and donors concerned by climate change. It is the premier forum in the Pacific Region to share ideas on climate change and to ensure coordination in support of Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) efforts on climate change. The Roundtable is organised by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme in collaboration with other organizations.

Posted on 02 July 2013

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Global Power Shift

Global Power Shift

24-30 June 2013, Istanbul, Turkey

The Global Power Shift summit brings together more than 500 climate activists from 134 countries to work on building a global movement to solve the climate crisis. Global Power Shift is being convened by 350.org, an international climate campaign that has organized over 20,000 climate demonstrations worldwide, and a coalition of partners including Avaaz, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace International, Jubilee South and numerous youth organizations. During the summit seasoned activists that were behind some of the past decade’s most successful environmental and social justice campaigns, will train participants in campaign strategy, online organizing, communications, and public mobilization. Participants will then head home to organize their own national Power Shift summits, mobilisations, and campaigns around the world.

Posted on 27 June 2013

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Earth Care Awards

Earth Care Awards 2014

Awards for Excellence in Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

The Earth Care Awards are an effort to recognize excellence in initiatives to counter climate change and recognize efforts towards mitigation and adaptation projects by industries, communities and individuals. Projects include innovations for climate protection, emission reduction in small and medium enterprises, emission reduction in large scale industries, and community based mitigation and adaptation to climate change with respect to water resources, land use, land use change and forestry. Applications are open for projects from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. The application deadline is 31 July 2013.

Posted on 20 June 2013

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon holds virtual dialogue with youth

On the margins of the UN Climate Change Conference Bonn June 2013, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon invited youth delegates to share their hopes and concerns about climate change at a virtual dialogue. The Secretary-General stressed the importance of young people in combatting climate change and their role as ‘agents of change’ to achieve a more ‘loving and caring’ relationship with our planet. He pledged to ensure that youth will have a ‘seat at the table’ at the 2014 climate change summit of world leaders that he will convene to mobilize the necessary political will for an ambitious new climate change regime by 2015. View the webcast of the event.

Young people from around the world contributed to the dialogue via Twitter (hashtag #TellBanKiMoon) and UNFCCC facebook. The call for youth statements on climate change remains open until 30 June 2013. Don’t miss the chance!

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Youth Report

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

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, initiatives and campaigns to increase awareness of the causes and impacts of climate change, promote sustainable lifestyles and advance green low-carbon development.

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Launch of new publication: "Youth in action on climate change: inspirations from around the world"

Tuesday, 11 June 2013, 13:15-14:35
Room Solar, Ministry of the Environment, Bonn, Germany

The United Nations Joint Framework Initiative on Children, Youth and Climate Change is pleased to invite you to attend the launch of an inspiring new publication that shows how young people are taking action on climate change. The publication, Youth in action on climate change: inspirations from around the world, will be launched at the Bonn Climate Change Conference at a side event in Room Solar, Ministry of the Environment, Bonn, Germany, from 13:15 to 14:35 on Tuesday, 11 June 2013. The side event is open to accredited media and all registered conference participants.

Posted on 7 June 2013

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Climate CAMEL

Climate Adaptation and Mitigation E-Learning (CAMEL)

Climate Adaptation and Mitigation E-Learning (CAMEL) is a free, comprehensive, multi-disciplinary multi-media resource for educators developed by the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors of the National Council for Science and the Environment of the United States of America. CAMEL provides over 300 interdisciplinary topic areas and numerous resource types to give the educator the tools they need to teach about climate change causes, consequences, solutions and actions. The educator is able to create courses, textbooks, administer exams and surveys, invite others and collaborate around teaching materials, strategies and assessment.

Posted on 5 June 2013

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LOCS

Local Climate Solutions for Africa 2013

30 October – 1 November 2013, Dar el Salaam, Tanzania

The biennial Local Climate Solutions for Africa Congress series (LOCS) provides a platform for African local and national governments, scientists, technical experts, development partners, business, industry and civil society to engage on the complex issues and innovative solutions related to urbanisation in Africa through the context of climate change. This year’s Congress, convened by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability in partnership with the host city Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, will provide an opportunity to strengthen the sharing of global good practice and locally appropriate solutions and technologies towards accelerated climate action on the ground. Congress themes will include a strong emphasis on local leadership, financing and accelerated integrated action at the local and sub-national level, underpinned by a special focus on integrated planning towards addressing climate resilience in Africa.

Posted on 29 May 2013

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Traditional Knowledge and Climate Science Toolkit

This toolkit provides access to articles, videos and various other resources that will assist indigenous peoples, local communities, policy makers and other stakeholders in accessing research on climate change adaptation and mitigation. Indigenous societies have elaborated coping strategies to deal with unstable environments, and in some cases, are already actively adapting to early climate change impacts. While the transformations due to climate change are expected to be unprecedented, indigenous knowledge and coping strategies provide a crucial foundation for community-based adaptation measures. The toolkit is available in English, French, Spanish, Russian and Portuguese.

Posted on 22 May 2013

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The Children Take Action – a Climate Change Story

Developed by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme, "The Children Take Action – a Climate Change Story" is a children's story book that pursues the twofold aim of increasing literacy skills and knowledge about climate change among primary school kids in Kiribati. In a very simplified way, the book enables children to learn the basics of climate change and its impacts on our environment. The story book is available in both English and te-Kiribati and will accompany the new syllabus and teacher guides currently being developed for Kiribati primary schools.

Posted on 8 May 2013

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The Great Transformation: Climate – Will We Get Our Act Together?

Based on a report prepared by the German Advisory Council on Global Change, this comic book aims to showcase how a paradigm shift towards a low carbon economy, sustainable consumption patterns and sustainable lifestyles can be achieved. Through ‘graphic interviews’ nine scientists from different disciplines (climate change, economics, behavioural science among others) explain problems and highlight solutions towards achieving the ‘great transformation’. The comic book is part of a wider research project on communicating complex future issues to the public. It also contains additional educational materials and recommendations for further reading.

Posted on 1 May 2013

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A summary of current climate change findings and figures

This WMO information note summarizes current observations and scientific findings about global climate change. It will be the first in a series that will aim to make the science underlying the weather, climate and water issues addressed by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) more easily accessible to the general public.

Posted on 24 April 2013

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Commit2Act – Commit to a Better World!

Small actions can have a big impact! The Commit2Act App allows you to join likeminded people in taking action for a better world, by signing on to commitments to reduce your personal carbon footprint. Keep track of your progress and get inspired by a community of change makers.

Posted on 17 April 2013

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Water Challenge Badge

Developed in collaboration with United Nations agencies, civil society and other organizations, the Youth and United Nations Global Alliance (YUNGA) challenge badges are intended to raise awareness, educate and motivate young people to change their behaviour and be active agents of change in their local communities. This particular challenge badge is explores the crucial role water plays on our planet and motivates young people to save water and engage in efforts to increase equitable access to clean water.

Posted on 10 April 2013

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Asia Pacific Adaptation Network

The Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN) is a regional programme that aims to support governments and non-governmental organizations to build, manage and apply adaptation knowledge. Its mission is to build climate change resilient and sustainable human systems, ecosystems and economies in the Asia-Pacific Region and improve understanding and knowledge of adaptation to past, current and future climate conditions.

Posted on 27 March 2013

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My World. The United Nations Global Survey for a Better World

My World is a global survey developed by the United Nations with several partner organizations. It asks individuals which six of sixteen possible issues they think would make the most difference to their lives, one of them being action taken on climate change. Citizens of all ages, genders and backgrounds, particularly the world's poor and marginalized communities, are called upon to get involved and let the world know their priorities and views, so that world leaders can be informed as they begin the process of setting the next global development agenda.

Posted on 20 March 2013

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Climate Literacy: Navigating Climate Conversations

"Climate Literacy: Navigating Climate Conversations" is a free course offered by the University of British Columbia tackling both the scientific and socio-political dimensions of climate change. The course introduces the basics of the climate system, models and predictions, human and natural impacts, mitigative and adaptive responses, and the evolution of climate policy. Furthermore, it explores the basic concepts and terms needed to understand the science of climate change, and the available mitigation, adaptation and policy options.

Posted on 13 March 2013

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AAKNet

Africa Adaptation Knowledge Network

The Africa Adaptation Knowledge Network (AAKNet) is a platform aimed at building a shared knowledge base to help shape an innovative community of practice. Implemented by the Global Adaptation Network, it builds on ongoing efforts around the region to mobilize existing knowledge and best adaptation practices. Practitioners, policy makers, researchers and community members will be brought together so as to compare, contrast and collate the lessons learnt from their actions addressing climate risks.

Posted on 6 March 2013

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First Online Climate Change Education Course for Teachers

The innovative online learning course, entitled 'UNESCO Course for Secondary Teachers on Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development (CCESD)' is designed to give teachers confidence, through a series of six-day programmes, to help young people understand the causes and consequences of climate change today.

The course aims to bring climate change education outside the science classroom into all subject areas liable to be affected by climate change. These include as ethics, social studies, economics and political science, among many others.

Using a holistic approach, pedagogical approaches and techniques in their own school environment, teachers can develop the capacities to facilitate climate change mitigation, adaptation and disaster risk reduction learning. Teacher education institutions can also use the course to update CCESD content in their pre-service and in-service training programmes through pedagogical frameworks, exercises, regional resources and guidelines.

Users can access to the learning materials through Flash-based software. The Flipbook format provides an on-screen textbook experience along with the functionality of web links to quickly access other pages, or complementary information (e.g. PowerPoint slides).

Posted on 26 February 2013

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Youth @ COP18

Young People returned to COP18 united and ready to fight climate change. This report explains the instrumental role YOUNGO, the youth constituency, play at the UNFCCC. It details youth participation through policy creation, interventions, actions and lobbying. The report exemplifies the importance of youth; their creativity, passion and dedication for solving climate change.

Posted on 20 February 2013

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Forward on Climate

On 17 February 2013 the Forward on Climate campaign brought together 40,000+ people from more than 30 states across the US, including students, scientists and indigenous peoples, to tell President Obama to move forward on climate change. The event, organized by 350.org, was reported as one of the largest climate rallies in US history supported by more than twenty solidarity rallies across the country and more than one million online activists.

Posted on 20 February 2013

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Food Security and Climate Change Challenge Badge

The Food Security and Climate Change Challenge Badge 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. By carrying out activities described in the manual young people will identify and take actions to reduce their environmental footprint and learn how to make better consumer and life-style choices.

Posted on 13 February 2013

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Climate Think Tank Map

The Think Tank Map provides an overview on the think tanks active in the field of climate change governance. Through an interactive world map, this tool makes it possible to understand where research organizations working on climate change are based and which projects are currently worked on. The Think Tank Map also aims to be a catalyst for new cooperation opportunities, allowing stakeholders, researchers, institutions, and the media to be informed on past, ongoing and future activities.

Posted on 6 February 2013

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Warm and Cold, We Share Together

Warm and Cold, We Share Together“ is a 12-episode documentary that showcases adverse effects of climate change in ten countries on five continents. The documentary was co-produced by China Central Television (CCTV), Huafeng Meteorological Media Group and Central Xinying Group and builds on interviews with about 100 experts and government officials.

Posted on 30 January 2013

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Connect4Climate and the Global Environment Facility launch "Not Afraid" Voices4Climate Video Campaign in Times Square

The American rapper Eminem and the Kenyan hip hop group TS1 have produced a remix of Eminem’s song „Not Afraid“ to raise awareness on climate change issues. The music video was played on 18 December 2012 throughout the day on two giant screens in New York City’s Time Square. The project was realized by Connect4Climate in cooperation with MTV and Artists Project Earth.

Posted on 23 January 2013

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Webinar "Governing Climate Change: Shifting Priorities in Urban Decision Making"

The Security and Sustainability Forum is a public interest educational organization that convenes global experts in free events to address threats to society from climate and other disruptions to natural systems. The next webinar will take place on Thursday, 31 January 2013 and explore the effects of climate change on urban governance. Trends of shifting priorities in decision making and community engagement are being seen in light of challenges posed by climate change and urbanization. Learning partner organizations for the series include Abt Associates, the World Bank, the Woodrow Wilson Center, the Penn Institute for Urban Research and the International Housing Coalition.

Posted on 16 January 2013

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My Little COP Pocket Book

“My little COP Pocket Book“ is an easy-to-read guidebook on the UNFCCC process published by the youth-led Green bits Initiative on the occasion of COP 18/CMP 8 to foster a better understanding of the climate change process. The publication has been translated into seven languages, including French, Swahili and Urdu among others.

Posted on 9 January 2013

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Seeds of knowledge. Contributing to Climate Change Solutions

The Seeds of Knowledge booklet presents 24 case studies from 17 countries on grassroots solutions to the impacts of climate change. The publication aims to show that grassroots, community-led responses are already playing an essential role in building resilience to climate change across all regions of the world. With the right levels of investment and support, such initiatives can be scaled up and become a central component in reducing climate risks and supporting the transition to an inclusive Green Economy.

Posted on 18 December 2012

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Arabic version of "Growing together in a Changing Climate" brochure
is now online

The most popular publication of the United Nations Joint Framework Initiative on Children, Youth and Climate Change has been translated into Arabic to reach out to a growing network of climate activists in the Arab region. Growing Together in a Changing Climate: The United Nations, Young People, and Climate Change contains information on some of the many climate change projects, campaigns, educational tools, websites and publications produced by the United Nations and young people, independently or in partnership. Prepared with financial support from the European Union, the publication lists inspiring examples of youth-focussed activities – from on-the-ground action to raising awareness to advocacy efforts at the UNFCCC negotiations.

Posted on 07 December 2012

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Launch of the United Nations Alliance on Climate Change Education, Training and Public Awareness
at COP 18/CMP 8

Monday, 3 December 2012, 13:15-14:45
Side Event Room 1 (Hall 5, ground floor)

At this side event the UNFCCC secretariat together with senior representatives of the other founding members will launch the United Nations Alliance on Climate Change Education, Training and Public Awareness. High-level representatives from Parties and the Global Environment Facility will highlight examples of successful cooperation with founding members on climate change education, training and public awareness activities. The Alliance’s objectives will be presented and its founding members, including FAO, UNEP, UNESCO, UNFCCC, UNICEF, UNITAR and WMO will showcase how they will provide support to and benefit of this new interagency cooperation. Participants will be invited to share their views on the Alliance’s draft framework for action and contribute to its further development.

Posted on 30 November 2012

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Monday, 1 to 8 December 2012

"Qatar in Brussels. European youth convergence for climate justice" is a youth conference bringing together young activists from all over Europe during the second week of the UN climate talks in Doha, Qatar. From 1 to 8 December over 100 people will come together to follow the negotiations, link up with activists and civil society in Qatar, share skills and learn about climate justice and act in solidarity, putting pressure on the European Union without having to travel all the way to Qatar.

Posted on 4 December 2012

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Intergenerational Inquiry at COP 18/CMP 8

Thursday, 29 November, 13:30-14:30,
Meeting Room 4 (ground floor)

At this year's fifth annual "Intergenerational Inquiry" youth delegates from around the world will engage with high-level representatives and the UNFCCC Executive Secretary to discuss the role and importance of young people in the UNFCCC process. The Inquiry will continue its tradition of being one of the most lively events on the United Nations Climate Change Conference calendar. Guests will be invited to gain a better understanding of youth’s perspective through the climate change game "Turn the Round" and a reverse question and answers session.

Posted on 28 November 2012

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COY8

The The eighth Conference of Youth (COY8) brings together international youth to learn about the UNFCCC, build networks and work on climate justice issues worldwide. COY8 will take place in Doha, Qatar, from 23 to 25 November, and aims to deliver a conference that seasoned campaigners and beginners alike can attend, providing a platform to learn from each other on how to address the pressing environmental issues of our generation.

Posted on 23 November 2012

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AYCM

The Arab Youth Climate Movement was simultaneously launched across more than a dozen countries in the Middle East and Northern Africa on 10 November 2012. The movement, the first of its kind in the Arab region, unites hundreds of grass roots activists and was established with the backing of campaigners from regional and international organizations.

Posted on 15 November 2012

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Youth-IN Climate Change Cartoon Competition

Youth-In Climate Change Cartoon Competition

The Youth-IN Climate Change Cartoon Competition aims to bring young people to the center of climate change debates by encouraging youth from the Caribbean to portray issues of concern related to climate change in their region. The call for submissions for the cartoon competition runs until 15 October 2012.

Posted on 26 September

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Climate Change in the Indian Mind

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The report "Climate Change in the Indian Mind" is based on a national survey conducted of 4,031 Indian adults in 2011, using a combined urban and rural sample. The study was designed to investigate the current state of public climate change awareness, beliefs, attitudes, policy support, and behavior, as well as public observations of changes in local weather and climate patterns and self-reported vulnerability to extreme weather events.

Posted on 6 September 2012

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Think Forward Film Festival and Short Film Competition on Climate Change and Renewable Energy

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The Think Forward Film Festival was created with the aim to investigate, discuss and disseminate, through short films and feature films, the theme of climate change and the issues surrounding the use of energy efficiency and renewable energy. The second edition of the Think Forward Film Festival will be held in Venice from 30 November to 1 December, 2012. This year, the festival is launching its first international film competition involving short films made using different techniques, including animation that are focused on the themes of climate change and renewable energy, produced after 1 January 2010.

Posted on 30 August 2012

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Climate Change and Environmental Education - A companion to the Child Friendly Schools Manual

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The module “Climate Change and Environmental Education” is a companion to UNICEF’s Child Friendly Schools Manual. Over the past decade, the child-friendly schools approach has emerged as UNICEF’s means to advocate for and promote quality education for every girl and boy. Child-friendly schools enable all children to achieve their full potential. The purpose of this module is to provide in-depth information on how Climate Change and Environmental Education (CCEE) can be integrated into the design, implementation and practice of child-friendly schools. Many schools are incorporating CCEE in their curricula. While it is impossible to present a complete account of these efforts, this module includes the most relevant examples and illustrates the diversity of approaches.

Posted on 30 August 2012

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UNU Video Series on Traditional Knowledge and Climate Science

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The Video Series on Traditional Knowledge and Climate Science released by the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies focuses on some of the key links between traditional knowledge and science regarding climate change. With deep connections to nature, the world's indigenous people and local communities are experiencing some of the most pronounced affects of climate change.

Posted on 23 August 2012

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Disaster Risk Reduction and Education

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UNICEF's publication on `Disaster Risk and Education` showcases how UNICEF integrates disaster risk reduction (DRR) into its development programmes. "DDR, education and equity" and "DDR and children's rights" are highlighted among other issues.

Posted on 23 August 2012

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