Enabling Young Leaders to Combat Climate Change (EYLCCC)

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Published on August 20, 2008

Author: pariwartan

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CLIMATE CHANGE has emerged as the most critical and threatening challenge before the world in the 21st century. Despite of several policy-related initiatives taken in order to tackle this challenge, the conceptual understanding and approach towards “acting locally” has not been realized yet so far. It is unanimously believed that aware and motivated Youth, well-equipped with “in-depth” knowledge over the aspects related to climate change, will be of immense potential for making the communities aware & sensitive towards the environment and for taking actions in defence of the earth. United Nations has underpinned the role of youth in tackling with the climate change challenge and has declared the theme of the INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY 2008 as “Youth and Climate Change: Time for Action”.

Considering the capacity building of youth over the Climate Change as the most basic step towards the promotion of sustainable actions for combating this problem, Pariwartan organized a 2-day long training program for the Youth Leaders from district Shimla from August 12 to 13, 2008 at the Rotary Town Hall, The Mall, Shimla. The training program christened as “Enabling Young Leaders to Combat Climate Change” is the first of its kind program in Himachal Pradesh and the organization aims to replicate the same at other parts of the state. In order to maximize the outreach of the program, the organization partnered with relevant Government Departments, Business Groups, NGOs, CBOs, Educational Institutions, Media and Youth Associations.

The resource persons for the training were renowned subject matter specialists from Forest Department, Non Governmental Organizations and Environmental Advocacy Groups. 50 trainees belonging to 16-25 years age-group attended this training program with great enthusiasm and interest. These young leaders will now act as the Awareness Promoters and change makers over the various aspects related to Climate Change, its impacts and consequences at local level and will also take focused actions through a Youth Task Force. By joining this youth movement against climate change, these participants have naturally become a part of the INDIAN YOUTH CLIMATE NETWORK (IYCN), a coalition uniting Indian youth and Indian youth oriented organizations who are concerned about climate change. Contributing its efforts to this great movement, PARIWARTAN is coordinating the initiatives undertaken by IYCN at Himachal Pradesh level and enhancing the outreach of IYCN in the state.

Making this small endeavor transform into a grand drive against climate change, PARIWARTAN will soon organize a series of Training of Trainers (ToT) for the capable and self-motivated participants which will enhance their skills and capacity to take more focused and determined actions against the factors that contribute to the Climate Change at various levels including the self level, family level and community levels. PARIWARTAN encourages the Youth of Himachal Pradesh to come ahead and reveal their potential to become a Climate Leader, a leader who is concerned not only about his/her own future, but also about the future of the coming generations.

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