GRID Polar Division News

Climate Champions return from the Arctic with a strong message and joint projects to drive action on climate change

From 25th June to 3rd July, 17 young people from 11 European countries and Canada participated in an Arctic Climate Training onboard a ship sailing around Svalbard during which they experienced first-hand the rapid changes affecting the Arctic. The participants between the ages of 20 and 30 examined the environmental, geo-political and socio-cultural impacts of climate change and return to their countries with greater motivation, commitment and a network to drive understanding and action on how and why we need to become more environmentally responsible citizens.

With content designed and delivered by GRID-Arendal, the training programme was supported by the British Council and Youth in Action. Using interactive formats, participants learnt about the challenges facing the Arctic and sustainable development in this sensitive region.

Participants all developed projects which will be implemented locally after their return with support from the EU’s Youth in Action programmes. They will also engage with high-level policy-makers in the European Parliament and become part of the British Council’s global Climate Generation network which empowers young people to bring about change locally and build the global movement towards a safer future.

GRID-Arendal's involvment in the training programme forms part of its ongoing work on communicating environmental knowledge through experiential trainings

Following the training, the participants issued this Statement (pdf 90kb).

A short video (10 minutes) introduces the training and features interviews with participants and trainers. 
Film credit: Peter Prokosch & Bjorn Alfthan


Tuesday 26 Jul 2011