26.05.2017 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

Winners of the Youth Leadership Camp for Climate Change 2017 to pursue their journey on climate activism

The winners of the Youth Leadership Camp for Climate Change 2017 were announced during an award ceremony celebrated on 23 May 2017 in Medan, North Sumatra. Having shown an outstanding standpoint and commitment in their actions to communicate climate change effects and solutions, Mr Aditya Pradana, Ms Saraswati Siahaan and Ms Sukma Impian Riverningtyas were awarded with the sponsorship to participate in a Tribal Climate Camp in the USA in July 2017.

The “Youth Leadership Camp for Climate Change 2017” is organized by UNESCO Office Jakarta, in collaboration with UN CC:Learn (The One UN Climate Change Learning Partnership) through UNITAR, the Climate Reality Project Indonesia (TCRPI) and Youth for Climate Change Indonesia, in three UNESCO sites in Indonesia for a total of 150 committed youth (between 17-25 y.o) to provide them with a good understanding of climate change in sectors such as agriculture and energy, marine and fisheries or forestry. The camp activities were held in February 2017, and follow up activities on climate change campaigns continued until May 2017. The camp took place in the following locations:

  1. Cipanas, West Java, with a visit to Cibodas Biosphere Reserve, 4-6 February 2017
  2. Bukit Lawang, North Sumatra, with a visit to Gunung Leuser National Park, a Biosphere Reserve and part of Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra (TRHS), 18-20 February 2017
  3. Bandar Lampung, Lampung, with a visit to Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park, part of Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra (TRHS), 24-26 February 2017.

The camps were attended by participants of a wide geographical distribution throughout Indonesia (Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Maluku) and a range of higher-educational backgrounds (biology, chemistry, electrical engineering, medical study, marine biology, animal husbandry, economics, tourism, English literature, accounting, social and political sciences, etc.).

Some of the youth teams during the climate camps

The camps provided participants with training materials to improve their communication skills and confidence, covering communication and social media strategy (including movie-making workshop), outbound training programme, as well as peer education skills to raise awareness on climate change issues among their community. After the camp, the participants were requested to prepare a short video, a poster, and to conduct a peer education forum where they will shared their knowledge on climate change with their peers.

One of the most voted e-poster (left) and most successful peer education forum (right)

After an exhaustive selection process, the winners of the different categories of the competition were announced and awarded in a ceremony on 23 May in Medan. The awards went out to the:  most inspiring participant, best e-poster on social media, best video on Youtube, best peer education forum, team of the year and overall best participants. Prof Shahbaz Khan, Director of the UNESCO Jakarta Office, and Ms Murni Titi Resdiana from The Climate Reality Project Indonesia chaired the ceremony and handed over the medals and certificates to the winners or group representatives.

Furthermore, the top three participants for each camp received an exceptional price sponsored by the UN CC:Learn to participate in the Tribal Climate Camp, from 31 July to 4 August 2017 in Washington, USA. The three selected youths from Indonesia will meet with fellow university students, professionals and indigenous communities from the USA and Canada to build their capacity to address climate change and associated economic, social, cultural, regulatory, and technological trends and impacts within and between communities.

Mr Aditya Pradana, Ms Saraswati Siahaan and Ms Sukma Impian Riverningtyas with the Director of UNESCO Office Jakarta, Prof Shahbaz Khan. The winners will participate in the Tribal Climate Camp in the USA

UNESCO Jakarta Office congratulates them all and wishes them the best luck in their future journey to combat climate change.

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