Youth Camp for Fostering Leadership in Addressing Climate Change in Indonesia
The Youth Camp for Fostering Leadership in Addressing Climate Change is a joint cooperation between UNITAR and UNESCO Office Jakarta within the second phase of the UN CC:Learn Project to Strengthen Human Resources, Learning and Skills Development to Address Climate Change. In this project, the main activities are 3-day youth camp aimed at raising climate change awareness among Indonesian youth, who will be playing major roles in the shift towards sustainable lifestyles and in disseminating the importance of climate change adaptation and mitigation. The specific objectives of the activities: 1) to equip university students with knowledge about climate change in agriculture & energy, marine & fisheries, and forestry sectors, 2) to equip university students with communication skills, through social media skills, about climate change in agriculture & energy, marine & fisheries, and forestry sectors, 3) to equip university students with peer education skills and strategy (community engagement), 4) to inform the public on the planning for and results of the “Youth Camp for Fostering Leadership in Addressing Climate Change” through the media, and to educate university journalists on the importance of climate change in agriculture & energy, marine & fisheries, and forestry sectors.
The camp will be carried out in 3 locations throughout Indonesia and will consist of climate change training materials, peer education skills, and social media strategy skills as well as a site visit. It will provide approximately 150 committed Indonesian youth (between the ages of 17-25) with specialized training focusing on climate change in agriculture & energy, marine & fisheries and forestry sectors and also how to communicate and engage communities with the issue.
The Youth Camp for Fostering Leadership in Addressing Climate Change project is aligned with Indonesia’s new “National Medium Term Development Plan” (2016–2019). This activity also addresses Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goal 13, Target 3: “Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning”. The whole project contributes to UNESCO Medium-Term Strategy for 2014-2021 (37 C/4) in Natural Sciences by strengthening science, technology and innovation systems and policies in Indonesia by highlighting the importance of understanding climate change impacts on sustainable development. It links with 38 C/5 Major Programme II – Natural Sciences, Main Line of Action 5 by utilizing biosphere reserves as learning places for climate change mitigation and adaptation. In view of UNFCCC COP 22, the activities will strengthen Indonesian youth awareness and build capacity on climate change issues in Indonesia.