15.08.2017 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

Gaining a Global Perspective on Climate Change: Winners of the Youth Leadership Camp for Climate Change 2017 complete Tribal Climate Camp Program in the United States

Winners of YLCCC with Ms Cristina Rekakavas (UN CC:Learn) during Tribal Climate Camp (© Sukma Impian Riverningtyas, 2017)

The winners of YLCCC (Youth Leadership Camp for Climate Change) 2017, Mr Aditya Pradana, Ms Saraswati Siahaan and Ms Sukma Impian Riverningtyas, have completed their journey to the United States for the Tribal Climate Camp, held during 30 July – 4 August 2017 at the University of Washington’s Pack Forest Conference Center in Eatonville, Washington, USA. Their participation was supported by UN CC:Learn - UNESCO’s partner in the YLCCC 2017 program – as a prize for their top placement in the YLCCC 2017, which ran from February 2017 – May 2017.

The Tribal Climate Camp gathered 64 participants primarily from indigenous communities in the U.S and Canada. Participants included indigenous students and practitioners seeking to envision an indigenous-driven climate change network, tribal professionals, researchers from climate science centres – as well as the Indonesian YLCCC winners. The objectives of the Tribal Climate Camp were to

  1. Create awareness of the variety of ways of addressing climate change;
  2. Build capacities to use knowledge resources in climate-related sciences (social, cultural, biological, physical) applicable to Tribal programming that is flexible enough to deal with constant environmental change;
  3. Engender staff capacity for improving Tribal climate change programming; and
  4. Develop synergy with Tribal members for creating adaptation planning that includes building support within a Tribe for climate change planning processes.

Participants at the Tribal Climate Camp during one of the exercises (© Sukma Impian Riverningtyas, 2017)

Participants at the Tribal Climate Camp sharing their experiences (© Sukma Impian Riverningtyas, 2017)

During the Tribal Climate Camp, participants received training on tools available for assisting decision making on climate change, including forecasting, monitoring, and assessing potential impacts; engaged in strategic planning exercises on climate change activities and programs; and discussed climate resilience , community engagement and climate policy. They also undertook field visits in the region.

The YLCCC 2017 winners formulating their climate change strategies for Tribal Climate Camp session (© Sukma Impian Riverningtyas, 2017)

Having returned to Indonesia, the YLCCC 2017 winners will further pursue through journey in climate activism making use of their newly found knowledge and global perspective. Already, the YLCCC 2017 winners have shared their experiences through official YLCCC 2017 social media outlets such as Instagram (youthleaderclimatecamp). As one of the YLCCC winners conveyed through social media: “We learnt so much about community engagement. Elevator Speech is one of the best tools for engaging lots of people by giving quick, effective, and inspiring speeches to widen others’ perspectives. Learning is a process. To combat climate impacts, individual actions are good, but working in a team is better. So let’s start engaging others!”

Before winning the YLCCC 2017, Mr Aditya Pradana, Ms Saraswati Siahaan and Ms Sukma Impian Riverningtyas went through a tight selection process, demonstrating an outstanding standpoint and commitment through their actions to communicate climate change effects and solutions throughout the YLCCC 2017 program. The program itself was organized by UNESCO Office Jakarta, in collaboration with UN CC:Learn (The One UN Climate Change Learning Partnership), at UNITAR, the Climate Reality Project Indonesia (TCRPI) and Youth for Climate Change Indonesia. The programme engaged a total of 150 committed youth (between 17-25 years of age) at three UNESCO sites in Indonesia: Cibodas Biosphere Reserve (West Java); Gunung Leuser National Park, a Biosphere Reserve (North Sumatra); and Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park. The latter two sites are also part of the Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra World Heritage site.

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