Young Leaders on Climate Change are trained in Cibodas Biosphere Reserve
The first series of “Youth Leadership Camp for Climate Change 2017” took place in Cibodas Biosphere Reserve, 4-6 February 2017. The event is organized by UNESCO Office Jakarta, in collaboration with UN CC:Learn (The One UN Climate Change Learning Partnership) through UNITAR and the Climate Reality Project Indonesia (TCRPI).
Having been familiarized with UNESCO programmes, particularly the Man and the Biosphere, and trained on the basics of climate change, carbon footprint calculation and ideas on small daily actions on the first day, the second day of the event focused on visions, communication strategies, movie-making workshop for outreach to wider audience on a range of climate change issues, and post-camp activities.
Participants discussed about visions for 2030 and what changes they would like to see and make happen. The participants came from different regions of Indonesia and thus brought forward with specific visions for their respective hometowns. The visions include ocean wave energy for Semarang city, which is a coastal city; geothermal and wind energy for mountainous and highland Bandung city; optimizing the use of rainwater; sustainable and integrated farming with plants that are prepared to be resistant to potential new climatic conditions by 2030.
Participants further discussed about possible themes and premises for developing short movies for immediate production by the participants using their own resources (mobile phone, pocket camera, laptop).
Picture 1. Movie-making exercises by a student
Picture 2. Participants discussing ideas for movie-making story
A field trip to Cibodas Botanical Garden, located in the buffer area of Cibodas Biosphere Reserve, was included in the program where participants took shots of movie making as their final camp activity. The participants were informed of the Botanical Garden’s reported observations of climate change impacts, which include change of pattern of Sakura blossoming time and domination of invasive species in the garden. Participants also learned about the different types of trees and different carbon stock of each tree.
Picture 3. Participants observing Sakura which has shifted blossoming time, likely to be due to climate change. Around this month, Sakura should have been fully blossomed.
Picture 4. Participants shooting in the Cibodas Botanical Garden using own resources
On the last day of the event, the participants, in a group of 5, presented climate change movies that they have made. Themes selected by the groups include: stop picking flowers from garden, stop littering and wasting energy, and youth can play a bigger role to contribute to the Earth. The tone chosen in each movie was varied; one opted for light/funny to convey the messages, another chose dark showing urgency, and another chose simple to easily relate to audience. Finally, the event was closed by UNESCO Office Jakarta and TCRPI, with the hopes that participants maintain their enthusiasm on climate change to be climate warriors in the community.
Contact for further information: Mr. Shahbaz Khan (s.khan(at)unesco.org)
Facebook: Youth Leadership Camp for Climate Change Indonesia (@ylcccid)
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