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From Theory to Action: Indonesian Students Learn to Address Climate Change

19 April 2017 | Indonesia

Through the Youth Leadership Camp for Climate Change 2017, 150 students between the age of 17 and 25 years old built their knowledge and capacity to take action on climate change. This initiative – promoted by UN CC:Learn and UNESCO Office, Jakarta, in collaboration with the Climate Reality Project Indonesia and Youth for Climate Change Indonesia, with support from the Office of the President of Indonesia’s Special Envoy for Climate Change – contributes to the implementation of the National Climate Change Learning Strategy.

The leadership programme includes a series of three training events organized in February 2017 in different provinces of Indonesia. During the camps, students learned about climate change and its impact in different sectors. They were also coached on how to become actors of change in their communities, and beyond, through the development and implementation of group projects. 

A multiplicity of experts presented different dimensions on climate change and showcased ways to deal with this challenge.A multiplicity of experts presented different dimensions on climate change and showcased ways to deal with this challenge. Students working in groups of 5 reflect on how they can address climate change in their daily lives.Students working in groups of 5 reflect on how they can address climate change in their daily lives.

Participants highlight an impact of climate change they can already observe in their communities and post it on social media to raise awareness among the broad public – “We can't go to school because of great smoke caused by forest fire”Participants highlight an impact of climate change they can already observe in their communities and post it on social media to raise awareness among the broad public – “We can't go to school because of great smoke caused by forest fire”

During the camp, students were trained on how to develop and film short videos aimed at sensitizing their peers.During the camp, students were trained on how to develop and film short videos aimed at sensitizing their peers.

 

Students participated in field visits in UNESCO Biosphere Reserves.Students participated in field visits in UNESCO Biosphere Reserves.

Students in Bukit Lawang had the chance to see orangutans in the wild in Gunung Leuser national park.Students in Bukit Lawang had the chance to see orangutans in the wild in Gunung Leuser national park.

Students working on group commitments for post-camp action.Students working on group commitments for post-camp action. Students presenting their plans for implementing their commitments after the camps.Students presenting their plans for implementing their commitments after the camps.

Students completing the post-camp knowledge assessment test. Compared with the results of the pre-camp test, it measured the increase in knowledge achieved through the training.Student completing the post-camp knowledge assessment test. Compared with the results of the pre-camp test, it measured the increase in knowledge achieved through the training.

Each group of students filmed an awareness raising video. These are now publicly available on YouTube. Each group of student filmed an awareness raising video. These are now publicly available on YouTube.

 

After the camps, the 150 participants have started applying their newly acquired knowledge and skills, implementing a variety of post-camp activities. These include rolling out of social media campaigns through videos and e-posters, organization of forums and events, delivering of presentations in primary and secondary schools, raising awareness of the Earth Hour and other relevant initiatives among community members, contributing articles for local newspapers, participating in radio programmes and tree planting, among others. 

E-posters posted online by the students  E-posters posted online by the students Organizing a seminar on renewable energy.Organizing a seminar on renewable energy. Raising awareness through radio messages. Raising awareness through radio messages. Educating children on climate change.Educating children on climate change.

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UN CC:Learn will award a special recognition to the most active and committed students, sponsoring their participation in a training event on climate change organized in the United States of America.