The 3 Indigenous Youth Leadership Camp for Climate Change 2017 winners, joined the Tribal Climate Camp with the purpose of providing an educational exchange on Indigenous climate change planning.

Mr. Aditya Pradana, Ms. Saraswati Siahaan and Ms. Sukma Impian Riverningtyas embarked on their journey to the Tribal Climate Camp, between 30 July – 4 August 2017, at the University of Washington Pack Forest Conference Center in Eatonville, Washington, in the United States. The Indonesian students, who showed an outstanding commitment in their actions to communicate climate change effects and solutions, were selected from a group of 150 youth at the Youth Leadership Camp for Climate Change (YLCCC) 2017.

Winners of YLCCC with Ms. Rekakavas (UN CC:Learn), at the Tribal Climate Camp.

Professor Kyle Whyte, who designed the curriculum Tribal Climate Camp, is an alumnus of the UNITAR Training Programme to Enhance the Conflict Prevention and Peacemaking Capacities of Indigenous Peoples’ Representatives. The invitation to Mr. Pradana, Ms. Siahaan and Ms. Impian Riverningtyas, the 3 Indigenous YLCCC winners, to join the Tribal Climate Camp was extended for the purpose of providing an educational exchange on Indigenous climate change planning. Their participation was supported by UN CC:Learn and was the reward for winning the YLCCC 2017 program which ran from February 2017 – May 2017.

Participants of the Tribal Climate Camp at a practical exercise session.

The 2017 Tribal Climate Camp hosted participants seeking to advance their climate change planning capacities, including members from 7 Tribes in the United States and Canada, Tribal professionals and students from other Tribes, representatives of the Northwest Climate Science Centre, and the Indonesian YLCCC winners.

Participants of the Tribal Climate Camp share their experiences.

During the Tribal Climate Camp, participants received training on tools available for assisting decision making on climate change. This included forecasting, monitoring, and assessing potential impacts. Participants also engaged in strategic planning exercises on climate change activities and programs, and discussed climate resilience, community engagement and climate policy. Field-visits were also organized in the region to enhance the learning experience.

In addition to the training, the three Indonesian students had a chance to interact and share experiences with the other participants. They also presented the projects they carried out as a follow-up to the training received through the Youth Leadership Camp for Climate Change 2017 initiative.

Sukma’s project focuses on engaging youth to address climate change, Saraswati’s on teaching environmentally sustainable practices and recycling to primary school pupils, and Aditya’s on building the resilience of farmers in central Java.

The YLCCC 2017 winners, back home in Indonesia, are pursuing their goals to make a difference on climate issues with their newly found knowledge and global perspective. The YLCCC 2017 winners have already shared their journey reactions: “We learned so much about community engagement. The Elevator Speech is one of the best tools for engaging lots of people by giving quick, effective, and inspiring speeches to widen others’ perspectives. Learning is a process. To combat climate impacts, individual actions are good, but working in a team is better. So let’s start engaging others!”

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