|Funding available for youth led Climate related projects
|The Next Generation Climate Board - Global Greengrant Fund
|25 September 2014
The Next Generation Climate Board held its first global meeting in February 2013 in Manila in the Philippines, where the advisors developed their guiding strategy and evaluated their first round of funding proposals. The board completed two rounds of funding their first year, three their second, and plan to complete two rounds for the 2014-2015 funding cycle. The board will meet in Spring 2015 for its second global meeting, to evaluate its first two years of grantmaking, revise its strategy, evaluate another round of proposals, and prepare for any needed transitions as some advisors expect to transition out of the board after a three-year term.
The Board decided to focus on four regions: MENA (Middle East and North Africa), Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America (with an emphasis on northern South America), and South and Southeast Asia, with grant sizes ranging from $2,000 to $5,000.
Addressing the Needs: Global Greengrants' Next Generation Climate Board
"Youth want to bring change to the environmental sector but are challenged by funding. They need support, and this is a great opportunity to be part of the solution. We need to change attitudes about climate change. If we start today, then the leaders of the next generation will make decisions differently."
--Hilma Angula, Global Greengrants advisor for the Next Generation Climate Board and Coordinator of the Namibian Youth Coalition on Climate Change
"Youth are innovative and creative. But far more important than this is our willingness to change our way of doing things, our readiness to challenge the conventional, and our understanding that we are in this for the long haul."
--Winnie Asiti, Global Greengrants advisor for the Next Generation Climate Board and Advisor for the African Youth Initiative on Climate Change
"For indigenous peoples, criminalization is not new. We have already been criminalized for many years-hundreds of years even. Still, the criminalization of activists or community members creates fear and intimidation, particularly among indigenous youth. This fear and intimidation are very real limitations for the movement. But the reality is that we have no choice but to pursue these kinds of struggles. Our communities are already in dire situations. So we have no choice but to fight...One of our elder leaders who was assassinated by unidentified elements of the military in 2006, once said that until our right to self-determination is recognized, then our struggle will not end. Even if that means we must sacrifice our lives to achieve freedom, then so be it."
--Ivan Torafing, Global Greengrants advisor for the Next Generation Climate Board and Secretary General of the Asia Pacific Indigenous Youth Network
"After the Doha climate talks, Arab youth realized they can, and must, become part of the solution. They need our support."
--Soumar Dakdouk, Global Greengrants advisor for the Next Generation Climate Board and Board Member, IndyAct
"Youth play a crucial role in environmental justice because our generation will be the most impacted."
--Juan Soriano, Global Greengrants advisor for the Next Generation Climate Board and Latin American Regional Coordinator for 350.org
Nearly half of the world's population is under 25 years of age. Youth aged 15-24 make up approximately 17% of the global population, and almost 90% of those youth live in developing nations. Although climate change affects individuals of all ages, young people can expect to bear a particularly heavy burden because they will live longer and face increasing challenges throughout their lifetimes. The situation of youth in less developed countries is especially tenuous. The combination of geography, geology, and uneven social, cultural and economic development has made people living in the Global South more vulnerable than others to climate change and its consequences. Young people are exceptionally skilled at dissolving some of the boundaries of race, ethnicity, gender, class, distance, language, and national borders that can prove challenging for movement building across regions, and they are critical actors in efforts to respond to climate change.
Asia: Indigenous communities, who have been historically marginalized and discriminated against, have been one of the most vulnerable groups with the adverse effects of environmental degradation and climate change. This affects their fundamental human rights--both individual rights as well as collective rights belonging to indigenous communities. Despite such conditions, indigenous peoples are efficient actors in preserving biodiversity, in limiting environmental destruction, and in adapting to and mitigating climate change because of their traditional knowledge and expertise in resource management. For these reasons, indigenous peoples can and should play a leading role in the global responses to climate change. This should be highlighted with regards to indigenous women who perform vital roles as stewards of natural resources and to the indigenous youth who are the successors of the responsibilities of nurturing their lands and resources, the inheritor of traditional knowledge systems and practices inherent to these tasks, as well as the developing leaders of today and more in the future. In light of this, the board will work to strengthen the indigenous youth movement together with the bigger 'mainstream' movement for climate change and environmental protection. The board will place particular focus on this area in Asia, where 70% of the world's indigenous peoples are residing.
Sub-Saharan Africa: With incessant droughts, flooding and other catastrophic events which scientific projections indicate will continue to worsen, Sub-Saharan Africa will be most affected by climate change. Its geographical location, still developing economies and low coping capacity contribute to challenges. Youth make up a large percentage of Africa; they face unprecedented challenges in trying to adapt to climatic change and need necessary support to be able to move forward. A majority of youth in Sub-Saharan Africa are poor on a continent with high unemployment levels. Most youth are only now beginning to meaningfully engage in climate change issues, while being constrained by meager resources, lack of policies, inexperience and a failure to be engaged in decision making. But youth in the region have shown resilience in the face of this challenge, innovating and creating fresh solutions to current challenges such as using information technology to mobilize and organize themselves, engaging in activities to adapt to climate change, lobbying and advocacy initiatives as well as taking part in long-term mitigation efforts. The board will focus on eastern and western African nations in Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as strengthening efforts in Southern Africa.
Southern Africa is a region of fourteen countries, where people depend on the environment to sustain their livelihoods. The major concerns in the region are poverty and unemployment which are closely linked to climate change. In many cases, available information about climate change is too technical and not downscaled to cater to educated and un-educated, urban and rural youth. More than half of the region's population is made up of young people between 16 and 35 years. There is a need for youth empowerment through support of innovative initiatives that promote both climate change adaptation and sustainable management of resources while enhancing young people's livelihoods through income generation. The global community has acknowledged that addressing and adjusting to challenges of climate change is certain to be a defining feature of the future of today's youth. Through strong inter-linked networks; Southern African youth will be able to share not only best practices among each other, but strengthen the voice of young leaders in the region.
Latin America: As climate change impacts are increasingly being felt around the world, youth in Latin America are also facing an uncertain future. Governments in the region are making decisions now on how or whether to protect the environment and their future energy sources in the face of important goals such as eradicating poverty and regional development. As young people who will be most impacted by these decisions, Latin American youth lack support at the grassroots level to make their voices heard, have influence, and be a part of the decision making process. In this region, the board will focus on youth-related policy and grassroots climate initiatives.
MENA region: The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is considered one of the weakest regions in climate change both in advocacy and awareness. The lack of democratic regimes in most of the countries, aided by the absence of civil society demanding increased consideration for this global problem and the political instability in the region in the form of wars and political turbulence, makes it even harder to put climate change high on the political agendas of the Arab governments. Though the region is flooded with foreign aid, very little support goes into advocacy or climate change. International donors have prioritized addressing women's rights, developmental projects, and democracy. Since the start of the Arab Spring, this view has been slowly changing. Nevertheless, support for advocacy, especially climate change advocacy, is still negligible. This board will empower Arab youth to raise urgent calls for addressing climate change in the Arab region, and advocate for climate action from their governments in national, regional, and international forums.
Next Generation Climate Board Strategy
The board will be focusing our grant-making in the following areas:
Capacity building for local groups and strengthening regional/national climate networks
The board will support the effort of local youth groups working at the local or national level. These groups can be newly formed or established organizations looking to build their capacity in areas such as organizational training, leadership skills, activism, lobbying, communication and social media. In addition, the board will strengthen national youth climate movements through support to local groups and networks, aimed at dialogue and exchange of information between groups and networks.
Types of activities:
- Supporting workshops/trainings on leadership skills, advocacy, activism, education and awareness-raising.
- Acquisition of skills to document the impacts of climate change on youth or select communities.
- Activities that revitalize indigenous knowledge and share sustainable practices through education and awareness raising activities.
- Social media and traditional media trainings.
- Youth participation in climate-change seminars/workshops/meetings.
- Strengthening youth thinking in reference to national low carbon plans, by providing them with power analysis for relevant decision makers in their respective countries, and strategic process to how to influence decision making.
- Bridging intergenerational gaps and supporting community dialogues and cultural exchanges between youth and the larger community.
- Promoting initiatives that link youth groups to resources in governmental institutions and other civil society organizations working on similar issues.
The board will strengthen the capacity of youth and their communities to adapt to climate change through implementation of innovative projects, serving as platforms for learning and as best practice models that could be replicated in various areas. We will focus on projects that increase awareness on climate change and those aimed at mobilizing young people to action. Projects aimed at improving livelihoods will also be a key focus.
Types of activities:
- Water-shed protection and management projects such as tree planting and nursery establishment.
- Projects aimed at promoting renewable energy such as energy efficient stoves, solar, and briquette-making.
- Initiatives aimed at improving livelihoods through income-generating projects such as social eco-preneurship.
- Food security enhancing projects such as sustainable agriculture, including growth of drought-resistant crop varieties and rain-water harvesting which contribute to adaptation efforts.
Policy and campaigns
The board will support youth initiatives that are ready to seize political opportunities to bring change to their communities, and or challenge existing policies. The board will support youth initiatives aimed at protecting the environment against resource extraction and fossil fuel projects through creative campaigning.
Types of activities
- Provide support for actions including logistics and action material.
- Communication support which includes the production of communication material, press conferences, high media profile campaigns, funding for communication coordinator(s), and social media outreach.
- Coordination of local groups towards a common campaign or action.
- Providing travel support for youth leaders to attend relevant events.
- Organizing dialogue between communities and government officials through public hearings, forums, etc.
- Supporting research and investigation to back up campaigns, demands, policy asks.
- Seeking legal advice for campaigns or actions that might have legal implications.
- We prioritize local groups that are collaborating with other groups or networks.
- We focus primarily on youth-led initiatives and/or underfunded youth groups within social movements.
- We consider gender and generational equity/equality in our grantmaking.
The board prioritizes work with all youth, including indigenous, afro-descendent, urban, and rural, that are working towards the aforementioned principles. The board will concentrate funding resources for youth and young adults ages 15-30.
It is expected that the Next Generation Climate Board funding will:
- Raise the urgency for stronger climate action.
- Build and strengthen the climate change youth movement with an increased visibility of women and indigenous participation.
- Enhance capacities for youth engagement on climate change issues in decision making processes at all levels.
- Strengthen plans and policies for climate adaptation and mitigation.
- Build the capacity of youth in advocacy and help them in having their voices heard in a better, stronger and more strategic manner on climate change issues.
- Create awareness and education activities.
- Improve the welfare of and resource base for youth groups in their work.
- Increase resiliency in local communities dealing with the impacts of climate change.
- Strengthen relationships between youth movements and networks.
Analysis of the first two years of funding
The Next Generation Climate Board allocated 26 grants in the first two years, totaling $110,000, to 25 groups in 18 countries. The board supported groups in the Philippines (4), Bangladesh (2), Iraq, Bahrain, Mauritania (2 grants for the same group), Lebanon, United Arab Emirates, Ecuador (2), Bolivia, Peru, Kenya (2), Malawi (2), Zimbabwe, Burundi, Tanzania, Botswana, Nigeria, and Senegal, with an average grant size of $4,252. These grants fell under the three categories outlined above:
Capacity building for local groups and strengthening regional/national climate networks
The NGCB granted $5,088 to United Children of Africa (UNICA) in Zimbabwe who used the support to initiate, develop and raise awareness on Climate Change and environmental management in Victoria Falls and Livingstone towns in Zimbabwe and Zambia. The major focus of the grant during the first half year was to raise environmental awareness during the United Nations World Tourism Organization General Assembly co-hosted by Zambia, Livingstone and Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls. A training of trainers workshop on climate change was then held were a total of 50 young people, (20 females and 30 males) with 17 from Livingstone in Zambia and 33 from Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe were trained. The trained ambassadors continued with the task and went on to train other young people within their youth groups and community with the coordination from UNICA. The Ambassadors were able to penetrate through into the decision making structures of Zimbabwe National Parks, the authority that is mandated to manage and protect the World Heritage Site. One of the major significant changes recorded as a result of the project so far include youth challenging local leadership in adopting proper waste disposal practices. The Victoria Falls World Heritage Site Youth Ambassadors now also sit in full council meetings to present their interest in maintaining Victoria Falls as a natural wonder.
In their own words: "The launch of the Victoria Falls World Heritage Site Youth ambassadors has resulted into active participation of youth in environmental and climate change issues. A delegation from the Victoria Falls World Heritage Site Youth Ambassadors attended a national climate change strategy formulation process facilitated the Zimbabwe Climate Change Office to input their views and ideas which is now at final draft level. This was a substantial move by youth to get involved at policy level at a national level with regards to climate change. The climate change strategy is set to be approved in the house of assemble by parliamentarians. Indeed, the funding strengthened the organization particularly in developing working relations with government departments such as the Department of Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, Forestry Commission and the Climate Change Office. Engaging in policy discussions at a national level is of greater importance to UNICA as an organization. There is great recognition of UNICA's efforts in responding to climate change through youth involvement. The organization was directly involved in the formulation of a national climate change strategy through involvement of youth. Two youth participated in the formulation of the first draft of the strategy and in the final draft which is pending approval by parliamentarians."
The NGCB granted $4,000 to Kitulectivo of Ecuador to support a youth-driven bike tour of the country, to develop an understanding of how climate change is perceived among youth and to raise awareness about its impacts. The group assessed the status of climate change issues in Ecuador and connected with civil society organizations, civil society initiatives, and youth networks, while recording a variety of perspectives of climate change from different cities.
In their own words: "When we arrived to Jipijapa, a small city in the province of Manabí, the coast region, we had a meeting with municipal authorities and high school students. Speeches from both sides took place and at the end, the Mayor compromised to start a project of a bike-friendly city. As far as we know, since then, every Sunday the streets of the city center are closed for cars and only bicycles are allowed."
The NGCB granted $5,000 to Defend Mindanao Youth (Panalipdan Mindanao Youth) in the Philippines to increase awareness among youth organizations on climate change, environmental degradation from extractive activities, and the resulting human rights problems for indigenous communities. The group organized a 3-day youth camp for 121 members (ages 16-27) from roughly 30 youth organizations in the area (28% indigenous, 40% female participants). The workshops covered the issues of climate change and helped youth raise awareness within their own organizations. In addition, an "exposure trip" was offered to 44 individuals, to participate in rebuilding homes and community centers damaged in Typhoon Bopha, as well as participate in tree planting and re-vegetation activities. GGF is the only international donor this group has sought to support its efforts. More than 60% of the 121 attendees were not already members of the group, so this training camp served to help recruit and bolster the organization's membership.
In their words: "Through the activity, we instantly gained 86 new members...t had also paved the way for the establishment of Tulong Kabataan (Youth Help) -Northern Mindanao Region…When the deadliest and most destructive typhoon ever recorded, Typhoon Haiyan, battered the country in November 8, 2013, Panalipdad Mindanao Youth through Tulong Kabataan initiated relief delivery efforts, medial and psychosocial missions to the affected communities."
The NGCB granted $5,000 to the Peoples' Center for Cordillera Culture in the Eastern Visayas Region of the Philippines to organize a campaign advocating traditional knowledge and mobilizing Cordilleran youth to protect their culture, land, and natural resources. The group organized a Cultural Education Festival for more than 300 individuals, a community immersion in indigenous culture called the Balik-Ili, and other educational activities like a youth-elder dialogue, focus group discussions, forums, and a leadership training seminar. In addition, 39 individuals participated the Balik Ili program of the YtADEC campaign; in one trip, participants traveled to the small-scale mining community in Mt. Camcapo, Licuan-Baay; visited the Abra River and saw how the river is polluted by the mining wastes coming from the Philex Mining Company; and finally had a sharing with the elders on culture preservation of Abra. The next immersion of went to Goldcreek, Itogon, Benguet to live with the farmers who are under threat of the large-scale mining expansion and displacement of their communities. There were 2 main trainings done for the Education-Training-the Leadership Training Seminar (LTS) with 25 youth and the Cordillera Mass Leaders Training (CMLT) for 50 youth. In both of these trainings, as a framework the indigenous youth were shared there situations, challenges and roles. Particular skills were also packaged such as speech, writing and organizational management. During the Tribal Filipino Week, a deeper understanding of the indigenous culture happened through the Youth-Elders Exchange. The 160 people (elder and youth) were able to exchange thoughts on culture and land and attend workshops on indigenous music and dances and a plenary on indigenous culture.
The NGCB granted $3,500 to Caraga Watch in the Philippines to intensify its campaign to raise awareness among the youth of the implications and causes of climate change. The activities specifically funded included a campaign called "Tulong Kabataan: Volunteer Program for Relief and Rehabilitation Program for Disaster-Affected Communities," which focused on the devastation of the Pablo and Cresing typhoons. The campaign commenced in April 2013 with a Mindanao-wide caravan, and GGF funds supported the following: transportation costs, logistical and material needs related to a series of forums; a tree-planting and agroforestry effort in the Compostella Valley--one of the hardest hit areas from typhoon Pablo in 2012; an Earth Day Commemoration at Davao City; and immersion visits to Leyte and Ormoc City. As a result of their work, they enhanced their membership, especially from the youth sector, and added eight new volunteers from different schools in the Caraga region, allowing them to reach out to cities they could not earlier organize. They also built stronger relationships with other local and national youth groups.
In their own words: "The grant enabled Caraga Watch to popularize our longstanding campaign on environmental awareness and protection and about the organization's advocacy as well. Our active involvement in several issues paved the way to numerous climate-related invitations (spearheaded by other agencies/organizations) in the region and in the national level."
The NGCB granted $5,088 to Sustainable Economic and Environmental Conservation (SECO) in Tanzania to work with women and youth in the Njmombe District on climate change issues and mitigation. SECO trained 595 youth (ages 15-20) on climate change mitigation and indicators of environmental degradation, and SECO introduced the project to 35 government leaders of the district. The group also engaged in field visits to the 250 villages that were represented in the earlier training of the 595 youth, to monitor climate change impacts in the district, and set up tree-planting activities in riverine areas in a select handful of villages. One focus of the trainings was the impact of charcoal production, and encouraging women to adopt the use of cleaner cookstoves; another was how to access loans for beekeeping projects and entrepreneurial careers.
In their own words: "The fund helped our organization to influence the media, the journalists from 5 media groups were involved in training and broadcasting and advertising the training to the mass media...SECO through GGF fund facilitated the youths, young women, government leaders and policy makers to meet together at Njombe town and discuss together on climate effect in Njombe district for the benefit of community and nation at large. The support of GGF enabled and influenced youth's networks in Njombe District to prepare their own strategic plan for development programme of three years. It was golden opportunity for the Government leaders and policy makers in Njombe District for the first time to meet together with youths in a big number and present Environmental Acts and policies."
The NGCB granted $5000 to the Centre for Peace and Development Karusi (CPDK) in Burundi to educate leaders of women's associations and youth members of CPDK on climate change and environmental protection in the Karusi province, with an emphasis on clean cookstoves, the introduction of climate change-resistant crops, protection against soil runoff, and awareness of the fight against bushfires; as well as do monitoring and evaluation assessment workshop to evaluate progress in the development of plant nurseries. CPDK has extensive experience in the implementation of community-based projects.
Still pending final reports:
The NGCB granted $2,760 to Reacción Climática in Bolivia to initiate a campaign to empower and articulate groups and individual urban and rural activists that could jointly take actions against climate change at a national level. This campaign consists of 6 training sessions on diverse environmental issues in which participants will have the chance to meet each other their different realities and organizations creating bonds of brotherhood and acquire knowledge and skills related to activism and climate change.
The NGCB granted $2,588 to the Arab Youth Climate Movement - UAE in the United Arab Emirates to launch a national campaign to raise awareness about climate issues and land degradation. The group planned to hold a workshop for 100 youth in Dubai around climate change and launch a social media campaign encouraging creative solutions by youth for environmental problems, and the three best ideas will be rewarded with prizes. However, as of September 2014, the group had not implemented its work, citing problems with shifting team members.
The NGCB granted $3,172 to World Faith Malawi to organize activities to raise the capacity of climate change program coordinators and student leadership in schools of the TA Njewa and Chimutu communities of the Lilongwe District. The group will conduct two workshops for 60 climate change coordinators and students and organize public lectures and the Green Climate Change Debate Festival for youth activists. The festival will partner with 164 debaters from ten colleges and twelve secondary schools.
The NGCB granted $5,000 to Youth Coalition for Climate Justice in Bangladesh to provide training to youth leaders and young volunteers via a climate justice mentorship program in Bangladesh. The organization will run a public awareness campaign using mass media and will organize non-violent advocacy campaigns. They will reach out to policy makers at the district level and create a website to serve as a central resource for young leaders to share information relevant for advocacy.
The NGCB granted $4,667 to the Kabataan para sa Tribung Pilipino in the Philippines to raise awareness and develop the capacity of youth advocates and students to promote indigenous rights. The current political situation has opened indigenous lands to extractive industries that are destroying indigenous communities and the environment while exacerbating the impacts of the 2013 typhoon. The organization seeks to raise national concern for indigenous rights and to promote a broader understanding of the issues impacting these communities.
The NGCB granted $4,773 to Global Power Shift Perú to strengthen the environmental youth movement in Peru by organizing a Global Power Shift meeting in August 2014. The group brought together youth to facilitate dialogue, network, share information and develop skills and tools. The meeting focused on national political, social, and creative communication campaigns and provided a space for regional and national assessment and planning of the agenda. The group aimed to launch a national campaign to promote the adoption and implementation of the National Climate Change Strategy.
The NGCB granted $4,575 to Lorengelup Community Development Initiative in Kenya to develop activities in rural and urban areas with community leadership to promote the role of youth in issues of climate change and conservation. Because of human settlement and the increasing demand for energy, oil and coal production has negatively impacted the population and is leading to deforestation. The group will build local youth capacity to support conservation, raise awareness of the impacts of oil and gas mining on natural resources, assess the viability of school tree nurseries, and develop local leadership in the group's activities.
The NGCB granted $5,130 to Concerned Youth Organization in Malawi to engage with youth to understand their needs, and, specifically, develop an Environment and Climate Change Youth Guide through hosting an event. This guide will be made for Malawian youth and will be used with schools and environmental youth groups. Also, a debate will be held on a national radio station around climate change and environment.
The NGCB granted $4,872 to Rim Youth Climate Movement in Mauritania to open two school climate and environment libraries; host two climate change training sessions for teachers and local government officials; develop a school garden and green space with one school; and host a conference on climate change in partnership with various universities, the GIZ, and the Environmental and Sustainable Development ministry. Initially they received funding to do “awareness” work to benefit youth, but after flooding in the region occurred, the group decided to extend their outreach talking about impacts to women, men, and the elderly.
In their own words: "Having all of these people hearing about our messages made our organization really trusted and helped us to be considered as a key player on this issue, which was not granted before we got this fund from GGF…Being the only one youth-led organization in this field to be consulted and involved in the authorities decisions make me feel proud of what had been done, even if we still have a lot to do…Being funded by GGF made us seem a bit more trustful and well organized structure. This helped to easy our access to certain platform to share our point of view, with government, partners and all key stakeholders...since they knew we are funded by GGF, it make our business easier, and our talks and thoughts taken more seriously...No matter how the amount is big or small, being able to get funded give you more respect and make your voice more listened. That makes us understand that with a small grant we can achieve a lot, since we are able to gather volunteers around small scale activities in terms of finance, but big achievements in terms of impacts."
Still pending final reports:
The NGCB granted $4,950 to Aathung Foundation in Bangladesh to organize a tree-planting program for indigenous peoples as a way to raise awareness about climate change and mitigation. These communities live in densely forested areas and do not have resources available that discuss climate change and the impacts of deforestation. The organization will set up seminars on climate change and provide trees to help with the reforestation process.
The NGCB granted $3,721 to Action Solidaire International in Senegal to initiate a climate change information campaign, support coastline cleanups, and organize workshops for journalists and health committees to establish a framework for monitoring environmental and coastal management. The group will also schedule trash pickups for coastlines and beaches. A lack of sustainable waste management has led to coastline erosion, therefore the group will initiate an information campaign advocating for coastline cleanups and the inclusion of sustainable management in the Integrated Coast Zone Management.
The NGCB granted $1,830 to Young Potential Group in Kenya to organize environmental activities and participate in garbage collection to create briquettes. The group will train its members on waste separation and provide equipment for project members.
Policy and campaigns
The NGCB granted $5,072 to Arab Youth Climate Movement Lebanon to support youth in raising awareness throughout Lebanon about climate change, promoting national dialogue and local consultation to highlight the needs and challenges of grassroots organizations. The group will organize national dialogue and engage grassroots organizations to assess their needs for the meeting. The group will meet with the Lebanese summit delegation in the Ministry of Environment to discuss the position of the country in negotiations, organize five roundtable sessions and three follow up meetings with members of civil society organizations, women, and youth to develop a proposal for local authorities and to gather recommendations, and consult with local and national authorities over the submitted proposal and promote it to the media.
The NGCB granted $3,200 to the Arab Youth Climate Movement in Iraq to organize The Green Music and Art Festival and March to promote sustainable energy and raise awareness about the impacts of climate change and leaded gasoline. The group partnered with local NGOs to share information with the Sulaimnyah community about climate change's impacts. The group also organized a march with bicyclists promoting the use of sustainable energy and alternative transportation and against leaded gasoline in the cities of Erbil, Basra, and Kirkuk.
In their own words: "Since the project was intended to raise awareness about the threats of using leaded gasoline in Iraq, we could bring many people together and inform them about the issue. In the project we could gather thousands of signatures from people demanding the banning of leaded gasoline in Iraq. Then, we could present the paper based and the online signatures to the officials in our city. With the support of Global Greengrants Fund, we could organize one of the biggest environmentally-themed festivals in Iraq, which could brought many accomplishments to Arab Youth Climate Movement. The project mainly targeted leaded gas in Iraq because leaded gas had been banned in most of the countries in the world except 5 countries in the world, which one of them was Iraq. Due to that we organized Green Festival to raise awareness about the issue, and inform people about the issue. One of the great accomplishments we could gain is that after the project leaded gas was no longer used in the city…Also, the funding help increase the involvement of women or increased the number of women in leadership roles because the majority of our members are female and through the project they physically could involve and manage the project along with the male members."
Still pending final reports:
The NGCG granted $5,072 to Botswana Climate Change Network to organize outreach activities, trainings, and advocacy efforts for sustainable energy and anti-coal campaigns in Botswana. The network will organize four programs, including the launch of an outreach and climate change awareness forum for rural, urban, and marginalized youth, support for indigenous youth and communities addressing climate change, a campaign against coal and fracking in the reserve, and a manual that will be written in partnership with the University of Botswana and other private and governmental institutions to assess the country's greenhouse gas emissions, climate change impacts, and energy initiatives.
The NGCB granted $4,016 to Youth Vision Alliance Network in Nigeria to support renewable energy for rural communities in the Osun state in Nigeria, as well as an energy model promoting renewable and decentralized energy production. Nigeria is the largest oil-producing country in Africa, but it is second only to India in the number of people living without electricity. The group will organize a town hall meeting and follow-up activities to present renewable energy options, create a development and implementation road map for legal frameworks around renewable energy policies, and de-emphasize fossil fuel sources and the current centralized energy grid model.
The NGCB granted $2,350 to Arab Youth Climate Movement Bahrain to produce a documentary that highlights the effects of climate change on Bahrain's population, biodiversity, heritage and economy. Bahrain is an island archipelago with an arid climate that is highly susceptible to the impacts of climate change. There is a lack of understanding of climate and environmental issues throughout the country. The documentary will address how communities and youth can work together to organize adaptation and mitigation measures.
The NGCB granted $5,000 to Coalición Juvenil por los Bosques in Ecuador to raise awareness about major threats to community and indigenous territories and the impacts of climate change in a time when extractive industry is a higher priority than conservation. The organization seeks to raise national awareness about issues forest communities face. They will produce, publish, and circulate informational materials and organize activities to discuss and analyze themes related to their campaign.
The NGCB was pleased with the results of its first grant to the Rim Youth Climate Movement in Mauritania, so granted a second grant of $5,130 to Rim Youth Climate Movement to launch a countrywide Youth Climate Change Engagement campaign that focuses on the recognition of active environmental groups, education, promoting environmental and climate change legislation, and raising general awareness. The campaign will focus on four main themes: Climate Change for Dummies, Lifestyle Changes Conference and Events, Climate Change and Environmental Legislation, and Communication and Awareness. Specific goals include the creation of a student resource center, holding a National Climate Forum, and developing a website and promoting the groups work via social media.