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

25 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. 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”

Students participated in field visits in UNESCO Biosphere Reserves. Students presenting their plans for implementing their commitments after the camps.

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

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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.


About UN CC:Learn

UN CC:Learn is a partnership of more than 30 multilateral organizations supporting countries to design and implement systematic, recurrent and results-oriented climate change learning. At the global level, the partnership supports knowledge-sharing, promotes the development of common climate change learning materials, and coordinates learning interventions through a collaboration of UN agencies and other partners. At the national level, UN CC:Learn supports countries in developing and implementing national climate change learning strategies. Through its engagement at the national and global levels, UN CC:Learn contributes to the implementation of Article 6 of the UNFCCC on training, education and public awareness-raising, and the 2012-2020 Doha Work Programme. Funding for UN CC:Learn is provided by the Swiss Government and UN partners. The Secretariat for UN CC:Learn is hosted by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).


Photo 1: A multiplicity of experts presented different dimensions on climate change and showcased ways to deal with this challenge. 

Photo 2: 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”. 

Photo 3: Students participated in field visits in UNESCO Biosphere Reserves. 

Photo 4: Students presenting their plans for implementing their commitments after the camps. 

Photo 5: E-posters posted online by the students.