This week, ECI team members and partners from Brazil, Cameroon and Malaysia (Bruno, Priscilla and Satees) gathered in New York to discuss their work with the Global Action Classroom as well as with The Power of One Child + One Tree. This is the first time the team has met in person and to learn from one another about their best practices and unique contextual challenges they face while working in their respective regions and countries.
Welcome to New York Priscilla, Satees and Bruno!
On 10th June, Donna made a hands-on presentation about the Swarovski Waterschool project in Brazil and the importance of water education to Swarovski employees. Click here to learn more:
Presentation on Swarovski Waterschool Project
Please read this article about how children’s health is largely being ignored as a consequence of climate change.
The article states that nearly 88% of climate-change related illnesses occur in children under the age 5 according to the World Health Organization.
Please read and spread within your networks.
Why Climate Change is a U.S. Children’s Health Issue
Please take a look at this link, which hasn’t been covered in U.S. Media about youth from all over the country are suing government agencies for their inability develop a sound climate change recovery plan. Please spread the word!
Here is the link:
Youths sue U.S. government over climate inaction
Swarovski in partnership with the Earth Child Institute will be launching its Waterschool along the Amazon river in the State of Pará. The aim of the program will be to support and develop practical water education activities and strengthen the perspective of children and their families to the change of behavior and values through the preservation and conservation of the habitat. The program will further encourage the sharing of experiences and actions in water education and environmental stewardship with the school communities, and civil society in a way that will both raise awareness and inspire practical and sustainable local actions to preserve and protect waterways and riverside communities.
ECI will work with indigenous communities and the schools in the region to deliver on the program objectives.
ECI is happy to become part of the Swarovski Waterschool family!
Hello everyone. Please find the 2013 Annual report below. Enjoy!
Global Action Classroom 2013 report
Today was our side event, and it had great discussion and a turn out! Federico and Simona spoke about the work they did with children and education. They had mentioned the difficulties of getting students engaged with science and climate change, and had agreed how necessary it is to have education that is contextualized, and more importantly, relevant to their specific environment and needs.
The UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth Ahmad Alhendawi was also there as our surprise panelist. Mr. Alhendawi talked about the need to push the youth agenda, and noted how amazing it was that up until now, there still isn’t a youth constituency created for COPs/UNFCCC. Even so, he stated that the work of youth is still incomplete. especially in regards to Article 6, the goals for youth and education still need to be tangible and more concrete. Stephanie from UNICEF made a great point on equity, and the need for youth to not only have a spot at the negotiating table, but they need to have the technical support to carry out their goals.
The audience were active participant as well! There were several YOUNGO participants who had talked about their work in developing Article 6, and several participants urged for more of a need with on-the-ground education activities, especially for rural areas in developing countries where online access is no readily available. Others have spoken about the power of peer-to-peer education, and non-formal education as well. It was certainly buzzing with a great conversation! Overall, others have pointed out the importance to push forward with Article 6, and noted that issues such as gender is not full addressed in the Article, and taking into account the intergenerational dimension, it may proof difficult for young girls.
Please take a look at our side event which was featured here: Generating Youth Energy
Today the Climate Change Studio interviewed me. Here is the link: MaryAnn on why climate change education is needed
I discussed the necessity for the needs and capacities of children to be recognized in emerging environmental governances and educational policies. There is so much money being allocated in climate change initiatives, however, the education sector, specifically in the primary level, rarely see that funding. As I’ve mentioned before, education is such an empowering tool to develop resilient children!
I mentioned the water-related work we do at ECI through WASH and hygiene education in Brazil. In the context of Typhoon Haiyan, we need to teach children to prepare water and manage waste, especially in increasing emergency situations, where contaminated water can be a killer.
The interviewers found out that I was Filipino whose relatives were still living in the damaged areas, so they interviewed me again on my thoughts and reactions, and how my relatives are coping. Again, children are the most vulnerable and the hardest hit in these emergency situations, and we need to give them valuable child-friendly education.
I’m excited about our side event tomorrow; I was able to meet our youth speakers. Federico represents the British Council as a Climate Change Champion and I’m sure he’s going to speak well about intergenerational equity. Our other youth advisor, Simona, is a TUNZA youth advisor to Europe and she’ll be great to talk about the work that she does!