What’s Your ‘Steak’ In It? Youth Involvement in Animal Agriculture & Climate Change
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.
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.
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.
Farming First launches Guide to UNFCCC Negotiations on Agriculture
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
Think Forward Film Festival on climate change, energy efficiency and renewable energy
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
‘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.
Developed by IDS Knowledge Services with the support of the Climate Development Knowledge Network, the
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
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.
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.
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.
Awards for Excellence in Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
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.
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!
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.
Launch of new publication: "Youth in action on climate change: inspirations from around the
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
Climate Adaptation and Mitigation E-Learning (CAMEL)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A summary of current climate change findings and figures
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
My World. The United Nations Global Survey for a Better World
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.
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
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Seeds of knowledge. Contributing to Climate Change Solutions
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Think Forward Film Festival and Short Film Competition on Climate Change and Renewable
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.
Climate Change and Environmental Education - A companion to the Child Friendly Schools
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.
UNU Video Series on Traditional Knowledge and Climate Science
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.
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.
The Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA)is a continental coalition of civil society
organizations in the African continent, brought together by the common goal of promoting and advocating for
climate-friendly and equity-based development. Currently drawing its membership from 300 non-governmental
organizations, foundations, trusts, community-based organizations, faith-based networks, national coalitions and
regional networks from 45 countries in Africa; PACJA aims to unify isolated civil society efforts on climate change
advocacy and coordination in Africa, so as to ensure that pro-poor and people-centred response measures are put into
consideration as governments in Africa seek to mainstream climate change into national development strategies.
Climate Wise Womenis a global platform for the promotion of women’s leadership on climate
change. Through powerful personal narratives, Climate Wise Women gives a human face and voice to an issue that sits
squarely at the nexus of the conversation on gender equality, environmental justice, food security, the eradication
of extreme poverty, and public health.
The "After the Storm: The Hidden Health Risks of Flooding in a Warming World" report combines a review
of flooding health risks with a look at how climate change will likely increase the risks in the years ahead. It
identifies the top five hidden health risks of extreme precipitation and flooding and highlights the growing flood
risk from climate change and current development patterns.
the lives of children affected by climate change'' Brochure presents UNICEF's work on
incorporating climate change and environmental education into a child-friendly education curriculum.
Compared to adults, children are more susceptible to the negative effects of environmental degradation and
more vulnerable to conditions such as poor air quality, contaminated water and extreme heat. Child-friendly
education is a means by which children and adolescents can develop the capacity and skills needed to
withstand projected climate shocks and natural disasters.
The Heinrich Böll Foundation is organizing a regional summer school from 30 September to 4
October 2012 in Amman, Jordan on "Climate Change Challenges in the Arab Middle East and North Africa”.
The summer school will focus on climate change adaptation strategies throughout the Arab Middle East and North
Africa, tackling specifically the question of gender-responsiveness in these efforts (overall assessment, best
practices, risks and challenges) and the impact of climate change on urban livelihoods and living conditions. The
summer school aims at building capacity of participants, promoting networks among civil society groups and academia
and stirring a debate on pressing policy issue.
Posted on 26 July 2012
The Voices4Climate Photo/Video/Music Video Competition invites young people from the ages of 18
to 35 to submit photos and videos relating to climate change. Photo, video, and music video submissions must tell a
climate change story related to one of these seven categories: Jobs, Agriculture, Energy, Forests, Gender, Health,
and Water. Prizes are solar backpacks, digital still/video cameras, computer tablets, and portable DVD players.
The UNITAR training course "Negotiating Climate Change: from Durban and beyond" will develop participants’
understanding of the climate change policy framework, by building an appreciation of the science, causes and
impacts of climate change, the history of the policy making process and the UNFCCC framework, and will also
consider the pertinent challenges currently facing diplomats and international decision makers in making progress
with what is currently on the negotiating table. The course targets not only government officers and diplomats, but
also private sector specialists and students.
Learning to Tackle Climate Change is an interactive pdf-document that aims to support individuals on
climate change learning - no matter what their country, context or level of personal expertise. The different
sections of the document support the reader to reflect on different aspects of climate change and development in
relation to their own work. The sections can be read individually and in any order depending on the reader's
learning needs. The pdf includes clickable links between document sections as well as external links to other
relevant resources. The project builds on the Learning Hub led by the Institute of Development Studies of the University of Sussex.
The Climate Change Media Partnership supports journalists from developing countries in
reporting on international climate negotiations. Journalists from Asia, Asia-Pacific, Africa, the Middle East, the
Caribbean and Latin America are taking part in the Climate Change Media Partnership fellowship programme to improve
media coverage of climate change issues in their home countries.
The Indigenous Climate Portal aims to provide indigenous peoples and the general public with
relevant information and resources on climate change and indigenous peoples, and on REDD+ or Reducing Emissions
from Deforestation and Forest Degradation. Specifically, it serves as the portal for the project "Ensuring the
Effective Participation of Indigenous Peoples in Global and National REDD Processes." The website is managed
by Tebtebba (Indigenous Peoples International Centre for
Policy Research and Education) and is made possible through the support of the Norwegian International Forest and
Climate Initiative through the Norwegian Agency for
Development and Cooperation (NORAD).
The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) is a network of the world’s megacities
committed to addressing climate change. Acting both locally and collaboratively, C40 Cities are having a meaningful
global impact in reducing both greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks. Through a partnership with the Clinton
Climate Initiative, C40 brings together a unique set of assets and creates a shared sense of purpose. C40 offers
cities an effective forum where they can collaborate, share knowledge and drive meaningful, measurable and
sustainable action on climate change.
Established in 2001, the London-based project aims at giving a cultural response to climate change issues by
working in partnership with scientific and cultural institutions to deliver an innovative programme of public
engagement. Cape Farewell organizes expeditions to interrogate the scientific, social and economic realities that
lead to climate disruption, and to inspire the creation of climate focused art which is disseminated across a range
of platforms, such as exhibitions, festivals, publications and films.
Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) is a network of ten cities in India, Indonesia, Thailand
and Vietnam, experimenting with a range of activities that will collectively improve the ability of the cities to
withstand, prepare for, and recover from current and future impacts of climate change. ACCCRN represents a unique
initiative to develop, test and demonstrate practical strategies for responding to the impacts of climate change on
The African Climate Teach-In Day is committed to foster awareness about climate change in schools and
universities in Africa. In this regard, it engages young people and future professionals in the search for local
solutions for the problem of climate change which has severe implications for the African continent. Held for the
first time successfully in 2011, the initiative will be repeated.
The Teach-In Day is recognized by the UNESCO as a project in the framework of the UN Decade of Education for
Sustainable Development (2005-2014) (http://www.desd.org/).
"Connect the Dots" is a project of 350.org (http://www.350.org), a global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis. It allied to clearly
draw the connection between extreme weather and climate change. The first Climate Impacts Day on 5 May, 2012
brought together hundreds of communities all over the globe to highlight the dramatic climate change impacts we are
The Climate Change Virtual School is hosted by the Development Reality Institute, a Zimbabwean youth oriented
organization that focuses on building capacity for climate change mitigation and adaptation in Africa.
The tool kit focuses on how youth and youth organizations can contribute to the implementation of the Article 6
decision from Cancun, with emphasis on participation and education and includes a range of examples of actions
youth petition in their own country.
The Odyssey 2050 film project aims at getting young people from around the world motivated into taking action on
climate change. The young people of today did not cause most of the environmental damage we see on our planet but
it falls on them to be part of the solution. The film is being produced in Costa Rica by Daniel and Miguel Bermejo
of the Synchro Film company, Bruce Callow of the British Embassy under the technical supervision of Thelvin
Cabezas, director of animation for the film Avatar. The objective is to engage young people of all nationalities
around the world in making a feature-length film about climate change and to communicate with other young people
about it. To date a 6 minute short film has been completed which sets the stage for what will come.
Each year on 22 February,
Girl Guides and Girl Scouts all over the world celebrate World Thinking Day. World Thinking Day was first created
in 1926 at the 4th Girl Guide/Girl Scout International Conference, held at Girl Scouts of the USA’s Camp
Edith Macy (now called Edith Macy Conference Center). Conference attendees decided that there should be a special
day when Girl Scouts and Girl Guides all around the world think of each other and give thanks and appreciation to
their “sister” Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.
Each year on 22 February, Girl Guides and Girl Scouts all over the world celebrate World Thinking Day. It’s a
day when Girl Guides and Girl Scouts think of each other and give thanks and appreciation for the international
friendship they find in our Movement.
The theme for World Thinking Day 2012 is “we can save our planet”, based on UN Millennium Development
Goal 7: environmental sustainability.
The new activity pack for World Thinking Day 2012 is bigger than ever! It’s packed with lots of fun and
educational activities, extra information on the theme of environmental sustainability, plus ideas for how you can
speak out on environmental issues. There are activities for all ages, and we also have a list of fundraising ideas
to make your events as successful as possible.
This year the activities have been divided into four sections.
1. Reduce the use of fossil fuels (complete two activities)
2. Save resources in and around your home (complete two activities)
3. Switch to sustainable energy solutions (complete two activities)
4. Speak out to make a difference (complete any one activity that delivers WAGGGS’ demands on MDG 7)
UNESCO Experts Meeting on Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development and Adaptation in Small
Island Developing States
21 to 23 September 2011
Nassau, The Bahamas
This three-day meeting will focus on the challenges that climate change poses to education systems in Small
Island Developing States, and the role that education can play in adaptation to climate change.
Adaptation to climate change requires that individuals understand why and how the climate is changing, and
the implications of these changes for their lives. Education plays an essential role in increasing the
adaptation capacity of communities and nations in regard to climate change by enabling individuals to make
informed decisions in this regard.
The meeting will bring together approximately 75 participants primarily from SIDS in the Caribbean, the
Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean, representing a multi-disciplinary and diverse group of stakeholders. It
will including national education representatives, curriculum development experts, representatives of
school and education networks, scientists and climate change experts, and representatives of multilateral
agencies and civil society who will develop a roadmap to guide and promote education as an important means
to enhancing adaptation to climate change in the context of sustainable development.
The roadmap and its recommendations will serve as a contribution to the upcoming 17th Conference of the
Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in December 2011 and the
United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20 Conference) in June 2012, setting the stage
for the remaining years of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, which is led globally by
The United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) is pleased to announce the Online
Course "Climate Change: Risks and Opportunities for the Finance Sector." The 2011 course is an
updated version of the highly successful course launched in June 2007 and re-run in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
The course run by the UNEP FI Climate Change Working Group offered courses on this important issue over the
internet with the aim of increased quality and effectiveness in training. Through the running of the first
course, UNEP FI has found strong demand amongst financial institutions to learn about climate change and
how it affects their industry. Today, with the climate change agenda becoming even more relevant for the
financial services sector, UNEP FI is pleased to offer this sixth course.
The course is geared to executives and middle management from financial institutions such as banks,
insurers, reinsurers, and fund managers, from both developed and developing regions and Governments and
civil society who want to learn the climate change issue from the perspective of the financial industry.
The course addressed the key areas of:
A general introduction to climate change, the science and impacts, and key international and regional
policies in place to tackle it i.e. the Kyoto Protocol and the post-Kyoto discussions.
Climate Risk: What are the key risks and what does it mean for the banking, insurance and fund
Climate change and the energy economy: What does it mean for energy financing and what are the
opportunities in alternative energy technologies?
Carbon finance and the Kyoto Mechanisms: Emissions trading i.e. the European Union Emission Trading
Scheme (EU ETS), the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and the Joint Implementation (JI).
The goal is to educate and enable key senior and mid-level executives to further understand the business
complexities presented by climate change so that they can:
Integrate it into corporate action plans and strategies
Identify risks, opportunities and markets for new plans and strategies
Adapt the material for internal use, and use course material as a stand-alone reference guide.
Sustainability Frontiers is an international alliance of sustainability and global educators seeking
transformation of the human condition through repaired and restored earth connection. We are concerned with
formal, non-formal and informal education that addresses the current confluence of threats to the
environment and to human society globally. We call for education that questions and offers alternatives to
dominant assumptions and current orthodoxies such as the myth of unending progress built on economic
growth, human separateness from nature, and reliance on policy, technical and market solutions to global
Members of the alliance are concerned with formal, non-formal and informal education that works fluently
across social, psychological and spiritual levels of experience as it addresses the current confluence of
threats to the environment and human society globally. Members embrace the intrinsic value and right to
exist of the other-than-human and of natural environments, and recognize that the pursuance and advocacy of
a planetary ethic of environmental and social justice needs to be grounded in, as well as restorative and
celebratory of, local and indigenous communities and cultures.
Sustainability education with the potential to truly sustain must be whole-person, whole planet education
that is locally and deeply experienced as it engages the rich, but oftentimes dormant, reservoir of
potentials in the learner. As such, it necessarily embraces themes, concepts and insights from educational
fields marginalized or left untouched by mainstream sustainability education, such as education for peace,
holistic health education, humane education and indigenous education.
Belonging to a deliberately small group of academic educators, each with a strong practitioner history,
members of Sustainability Frontiers have agreed to collaborate in different combinations as they undertake
local, national and international projects, consultancies and initiatives at the leading edge of
sustainability education, often in partnership with other organizations.
Seven key interconnected themes are currently being addressed by the alliance, more than one theme being
taken up in any particular project or initiative, the range of themes being subject to periodic review:
Climate Change Education
The Education for Sustainability/Education for All Interface
Widening the Scope of Sustainability Education
A Multi-dimensional Epistemology for Sustainability Education
The implementation of internationally agreed development goals in SIDS, in particular the Mauritius Strategy
of Implementation (MSI), the Barbados Programme of Action (BPoA), and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
has been assisted by the Small Island Developing States Network (SIDSNet).
Established in 1997 as a direct follow-up to the 1994 Barbados Programme of Action (BPoA), the primary goal
of SIDSnet is to support the sustainable development of SIDS through enhanced information and communication
SIDSNet responds to several critical challenges faced by small islands including (1) remoteness, isolation
and geographic dispersion, (2) poor connectivity and data management, particularly through ICT, (3) limited
human and technological capacity, and (4) the need for greater international recognition and assistance in
reducing SIDS’ economic and environmental vulnerability. SIDSNet has been a valuable tool for linking
remote and isolated SIDS, where the technical expertise, education, and knowledge sharing facilitated by the
site enhances the possibilities for improving welfare and reducing poverty through innovation, expanded
national capacity, and the better use of scarce resources.
SIDSNet was designed to significantly improve SIDS’ use of ICT in support of their sustainable
development. Through the website, affiliated countries could maintain contact with each other for the purpose
of sharing information on best practices in the priority areas such as health, conservation, education,
freshwater and sanitation, tourism, and human resource development. The network also seeks to facilitate the
virtual exchange of expertise through the SIDS Technical Assistance Programme (SIDSTAP), which is a roster of
experts whose information to be made available through the site. SIDSNet will serve as a clearinghouse for
data, information, expertise, UN decisions and resolutions, and current events relevant to island
development. SIDSNET has also been proposed for use as the portal to and home for the University Consortium
of the Small Island States (UC-SIS), which was endorsed at the 2005 Mauritius International Meeting.
SIDSnet is undergoing a complete redesign and revitalization as part of a new project generously funded by
the Government of Spain, entitled Capacity Development through Education for Sustainable Development and
Knowledge Management for Small Island Developing States. The project will redevelop SIDSnet, creating a
much-needed central knowledge management system to facilitate information sharing and collaboration.
START is the global change SysTem for Analysis, Research and Training, a non-governmental research organization. We
assist developing countries in building the expertise and knowledge needed to explore the drivers of and solutions
to global and regional environmental change. Our goal is to reduce vulnerability through informed decision-making.
Climate change, land and ecosystem degradation and biodiversity loss are all drivers of global environmental
change. Developing regions are not only particularly vulnerable to adverse impacts of these changes, but have very
limited access to scientific and technical knowledge to assist in formulating solutions. This is the gap START
seeks to fill by:
Developing regional networks of collaborating scientists and institutions that assess the causes and impacts of
global environmental change and provide relevant information to policymakers and governments to assist in
formulating adaptation strategies.
Ennhancing scientific capacity in developing countries by strengthening and connecting existing institutions,
training global change scientists, and providing them with better access to data, research, and communication
Securing resources that will augment existing capabilities and actions on global environmental change in
Together with its partners, START has:
Established a network of regional science committees and research centers for global change research and
capacity building in Africa, Asia and the Pacific;
Leveraged substantial resources to strengthen the START network and support its programs;
Involved over 1000 developing-country scientists in global change research and training;
Developed programs to provide fellowships and other research opportunities to young scientists from Africa and
Published hundreds of peer-reviewed papers in journals, and also published several books on global
environmental change; and
Involved over 100 of its Fellows as authors in the IPCC 4th Assessment, the Millennium Ecosystems Assessment,
and the International Assessment of Agricultural Science & Technology for Development.
IDLO’s customized and user-friendly e-learning training system aims to combine the best elements of
traditional training methodologies with new information technology. The combination of audio, text, graphics and
documentation provides our participants with a meaningful learning experience. In addition, questions, case studies
and country practice reports make the learning experience interactive. The IDLO e-learning courses are moderated by
experts and give an emphasis on online discussions, best practices, exchange and self-paced learning. IDLO’s
moderators support participants in technical, administrative and substantive matters and ensure that each
participant to our e-learning courses is comfortable with both content design and site navigation.
The course will be conducted online from May 9 to June 3, 2011 and is geared for climate change, natural resources
and energy, finance and environment specialists from developing countries, countries in economic transition and
countries emerging from armed conflict working in the field of supervision and execution of development projects;
lawyers and legal advisors who assist in the area of climate change, natural resources and energy, finance and
environmental policy; Ministry and local government level climate change officers; Finance Officials from the
Ministry of Finance and officials from National Authorities or UNFCCC National Contact Points.
The overall objective of the e-learning course is to enable self-paced training on legal preparedness for climate
change which aims at enhancing the capacity of legal experts, public sector energy, environment and other officers
and managers of climate-related institutions to implement adaptation to climate change, nationally appropriate
mitigation of green house gases, and access to climate finance, and to recommend actions on how to strengthen
sustainable development law, policy and practice on climate change (regulations, management system and procedures)
in their countries.
Considering that the Latin America and the Caribbean is highly vulnerable socially, economically and
environmentally to climate change, it is imperative to find innovative solutions to address the effects of this
According to the recommendations of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the amended New
Delhi work programme for Article 6 of the Convention, the UNFCCC Secretariat, in conjunction with the Government of
the Dominican Republic, organized the "Regional Workshop for Latin America and the Caribbean on the
implementation of Article 6 ", held in Bavaro, Dominican Republic from 27 to 30 April 2010. Representatives of
21 countries in the region made recommendations for strengthening and extending activities on climate change
education, training and public awareness for Latin American and Caribbean societies.
One of the proposals of
the workshop was the compilation of best practices in Latin America and the Caribbean, on implementing Article 6.
In response to this proposal, the National Council for Climate Change and Clean Development Mechanism of the
Dominican Republic in collaboration with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the UK and
Government of Spain, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), International
Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) and the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (FUNGLODE), compiled
experiences in the region on the implementation of the amended New Delhi work programme.
Young people have been present at climate negotiations since the Rio Earth summit in 1992, and their actions have
resulted in widespread media coverage and the mobilization of thousands of their peers. It is estimated that 200
young people participated at the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP) at its thirteenth session held in Bali in
December 2007, 500 at COP 14 in Poznan in December 2008, and indications are that more than 1,500 youth attended
COP 15 in Copenhagen.
Since September 2008, the UNFCCC secretariat has liased with youth organizations around the world in an effort to
facilitate participation by young people in the UNFCCC process. A year later, the secretariat granted probationary
constituency status to youth, now recognized as the YOUNGO.constituency.
With the financial support of the government of the Netherlands and input from the youth constituency YOUNGO,
the UNFCCC secretariat has designed and planned a series of events to support and enhance the COP preparatory
activities of the youth, to increase youth participation from developing countries and to support and enhance
youth contribution to COP 15. In this context, the secretariat has hosted a series of youth events during COP
15 to facilitate dialogue between youth and other influencial actors in the intergovernmental process -
notably negotiators and UN senior officials.
The School of Environment, Resources and Development is committed to excellence in graduate education as well as
research and outreach activities. Through its academic programs and outreach units, SERD, AIT’s largest
School, has been working towards capacity building and human resource development in the areas of environmental and
resources management, poverty alleviation and socio-economic/gender development.
Since its establishment in 1974, the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) has been playing a major
role in environmental research in Japan. We are proud of the integrative expertise to tackle environmental issues
through the collaboration of our researchers and staff with diversified specialties such as physics, chemistry,
engineering, agriculture, fisheries, medicine, pharmacology, law/politics and economics.
FAO, together with the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) and other partners, has launched
the "Inspire and Educate" competition which is being held as part of the educational initiative 'Our
World, Our Climate, Our Food'. This worldwide project aims to raise awareness on such issues as climate change,
environment and food security. It also aims to encourage children and young people to take part in activities,
reduce our impact on the environment and take action against hunger in the world. The competition is divided into
photo, video and local adaptation categories.
Unite for Climate is a growing global online community of young people and organizations working together on
youth-powered solutions to climate change. It is designed to facilitate collaboration, coordination and resource
sharing. The site features youth media and voices, information on climate change and its adverse effects on the
MDGs, and a clearinghouse of campaigns that users can easily browse and join.
Unite for Climate wants to showcase the initial work done by the youth community. We are keen to gather YOUR
feedback ahead of the official launch at the TUNZA International Youth Conference in Daejeon, South Korea, on
August 20th. The social network and website will see many additional upgrades between now and then.
Become part of a space that fosters collaboration and social networking between young people and youth groups; join
Unite for Climate. The soft launch of Unite for Climate will take place on Tuesday, June 23rd for NGO, UN, academic
and private sector partners.
The International Youth Forum, organized by the National Youth Council of Korea and hosted by the Korean Ministry
for Health, Welfare and Family Affairs, will focus on Climate Change and Green Development. The Forum intends to
provide youth from Korea and abroad with a place where they can meet and share opinions on these issues, allowing
them to find ways to cooperate with each other. Youth between the ages of 18 and 30 are eligible to apply. Youth
who study a related field or have relevant work experience with NGOs or IGOs are preferred.
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in collaboration with the UNEP National Committee for the Republic
of Korea will be organizing its Tunza International Youth Conference on the Environment in Daejeon. The Conference
will bring together 200 youth, to learn about the environment through plenary sessions, workshops and field trips.
The Conference will be in three segments: a Global Town Hall meeting on 21 August, Regional Meetings from 22-23
August and a Conference from 24-26 August.
The European Regional Workshop on Article 6 of the Convention (Education, Training and Public Awareness) took place
from 18-20 May 2009 in Stockholm, Sweden. Over 40 national experts from the European region met to share best
practices in their efforts to educate their citizens on ways to raise public awareness and improve public
participation in matters of climate change.
The workshop was organized in response to a request by the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), at its
twenty-seventh session (Bali, December 2007), where it was recognized that the five-year New Delhi work programme
has proved to be a good framework for action, and the Conference of Parties (COP), at its thirteenth session (Bali,
December 2007) adopted the amended New Delhi work programme for a further five years (decision 9/CP.13). The
secretariat was mandated to organize thematic regional and sub-regional workshops to share lessons learned and best
practices. The workshop will contribute to the review of the work programme which will be undertaken in 2012, with
an intermediate review of progress in 2010, to evaluate its effectiveness and identify emerging gaps and
opportunities of the European region in fulfilling their commitments under Article 6 of the Convention.
The discussions at the workshop contribute to assessing the level of implementation of the New Delhi work programme
in the region, identifying needs and persistent gaps, with a view to making recommendations on how to enhance the
level of implementation and to contribute to the interim review process.
The workshop will contribute to a publication on best practices for the implementation of the New Dehli work
programme in the European region that will be promoted in the EU pavillon in Copenhagen COP 15.
In order to expand the scope and coverage of the "World Youth Report 2009: Youth and Climate Change", the
UN Programme on Youth is seeking input from experts in the
field of youth and climate change, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, as well as from young
people. Submissions may be academic research, case studies, publications, best practices, effective interventions,
as well as national youth policies currently being implemented .
To facilitate keeping track of progress in international climate negotiations, the Swedish EPA, in cooperation with
the Swedish Ministry of Environment, would like to offer you the newsletter “Global News on Climate
Action”. The newsletter will be published monthly until the meeting in Copenhagen and reflect international
media coverage on the issues pointed out in the Bali Action Plan.
SPREP is a regional organisation established by the governments and administrations of the Pacific region to look
after its environment. It has grown from a small programme attached to the South Pacific Commission (SPC) in the
1980s into the Pacific region’s major intergovernmental organisation charged with protecting and managing the
environment and natural resources.
The SPREP website includes a dedicated section on climate change which provides information on topics including
warming the atmosphere - the greenhouse effect, the danger in the Pacific, key issues, the regional framework,
mitigation, adaptation and scientific activities and financing of climate change activities.
EduGreen is a website for students about enviromental learning and impacts. Students learn about life on earth,
forestry, energy, water, air pollution, climate change, biotechnology, and solid waste. There is information on all
of these topics, as well as games, quizes and other fun things to help students learn..