Empowering Youth to Lead on Climate Change

6 November 2017, Seattle, United States - Earlier this year, UN CC:Learn, in collaboration with UNESCO Office, Jakarta, The Climate Reality Project Indonesia and Youth for Climate Change Indonesia, with support from Office of the President’s Special Envoy for Climate Change, launched the Youth Leadership Camp for Climate Change (YLCCC) 2017 initiative in Indonesia. The YLCCC supports the implementation of the National Climate Change Learning Strategy and promotes climate change education among Indonesian youth.  

At the youth camp, students from all over Indonesia gathered to deepen their knowledge of climate change and climate action, through workshops and field visits to reserves and national parks. They were also coached on communication and how to become actors of change in their communities, through project development and implementation. 

After the 3-day camp, the 150 participants returned to their local communities to roll out their projects, applying what they learned at the YLCCC. The post-camp activities focused on raising awareness and on organizing social media campaigns, forums and events, presentations, news articles, and radio programmes on different climate change aspects. 

Three of the youth leaders were awarded the “Tribal Camp Award”, which recognized the most impactful projects. The award included a fully sponsored invitation by UN CC:Learn to the Tribal Climate Camp (TCC), hosted near Seattle, United States, from July 30th to August 4th, 2017.  

From the left: Ms. Saraswati, Ms. Sukma Impian Riverningtyas and Mr. Aditya Pradana

During the Tribal Climate Camp, participants were trained on skills and tools available for assisting decision making on climate change, including forecasting, monitoring, and assessing potential impacts of climate change. They also engaged in strategic planning exercises and discussed climate resilience, community engagement and climate policy. Field-visits were also organized in the region to enhance the learning experience.

The three Indonesian students had a chance to present the projects they carried out as a follow-up to the training received through the Youth Leadership Camp for Climate Change 2017. 

Meet Ms. Impian Riverningtyas, Mr. Pradana, and Ms. Saraswati, as they talk about their inspiring stories to make a difference on climate issues.

Ms. Sukma Impian Riverningtyas

Mr. Aditya Pradana    By Ms. Saraswati
“Engaging Youth to Address Climate Change” By Ms. Sukma Impian Riverningtyas “Building the Resilience of Farmers in Central Java” By Mr. Aditya Pradana  “Teaching Environmentally Sustainable Practices and Recycling to Primary School Pupils” By Ms. Saraswati     

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: From the left: Ms. Saraswati, Ms. Sukma Impian Riverningtyas and Mr. Aditya Pradana

Photo 2: Ms. Sukma Impian Riverningtyas

Photo 3: Mr. Aditya Pradana    

Photo 4: Ms. Saraswati