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Youth Climate Leaders (YCL) by YouthClimateLeaders

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I agree with the proposers that international travel is uniquely mind-opening for youth. Thus a six-week trip focused on climate issues would have a large impact on the participants. The proposers have addressed the concern about GHG emissions from travel by a plan to purchase carbon offsets. They further intend to serve vegetarian food. The plan is quite well-written and the organizers clearly have the experience to implement their plan.

Really nothing new in this concept, there are literally hundreds of such initiatives globally, mentoring youth, youth exchange programmes, youth delegations to UNFCCC CoPS etc. The proposal also does not pull together other CCoLAb proposals as required.

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This is a very interesting proposal. It is well-written and clear and very appealingly simple. I found it difficult to justify 25+ people traveling (emitting CO2) to learn about climate change, though I recognize that this may be necessary. Could participants maybe take on some useful activities in each place they visit to attempt to mitigate these impacts?

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Cassia Moraes

Jan 30, 2018
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Hi, thank you for your comments!

  • Regarding the flights issue, we will plan and partner to reach carbon neutrality, so that the project is not environmentally unsustainable. Because it is a programme that involves a lot of travels and participants from different countries, the carbon footprint from transportation emissions is a concern of this project. To offset it, at the end of the programme we are going to calculate the carbon emissions of its three-month activities and compensate it by planting trees in partnership with Plant-for-the-Planet, an international Foundation that organizes tree plantings led by children and young people around the world. Additionally, we are going to provide only vegetarian meals in our events and, whenever possible, use bicycles to commute to work and to some visits. In that way, we will not only promote sustainable transportation and meals, but also invite YCLs to “walk the talk”.
  • Participants will join the programme to learn more about climate change and experience it in different countries, but also to get professional experience in the field. Therefore, they will work as part-time volunteers on a real consultancy, taking advantage of the diverse background of YCLs. They will be divided in groups, and we will assign tasks and develop a project management plan to mentor YCLs along the process.

  • About the long-term impact, you can find more information on the impact section and on the part in which we describe the YCL Network. In a nutshell, the idea is to identify emerging climate leaders and empower them to take their work to the next level, either through an individual project or by working in key organizations addressing climate change. Additionally, the videos and other materials produced during the expedition will also reach out to a wider audience, sensitizing them about climate issues. These materials might also be a source of revenue, helping to lower overall costs.