Workshop on "Intergenerational Partnerships for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation"
April 22 – 25, 2008, Bangalore, India
The International Conference on Environmental Education held at Ahmedabad, India in November 2007 brought together individuals and representatives from various youth and environment related networks, and has effectively demonstrated the efficacy of education as a tool. Youth participants have felt the need to sustain this effort to integrate education into sustainable development. Participants have acknowledged the need to create a convergence amongst networks especially youth network into an Asian Citizens Alliance through steadfast and resolute action, in order to fight against climate change and to propagate the values and principles of sustainable development.
Taking inspiration from this common aspiration, both youth and adults from all over India gathered in Bangalore for a workshop on ’Intergenerational Partnerships for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation’ from 22nd to 25th April. The workshop was organized by China-India Forum and Global Citizens for Sustainable Development in partnership with several individuals and organisations. Anugraha John in his inaugural presentation spoke briefly on Intergenerational Responsibilities and Climate Change.
This workshop was perhaps the first one to discuss on the focus on in-depth understanding of pro-poor Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects undertaken by grassroots organization in India. The workshop participants had a one day field trip hosted by ADATS, Bagepalli, where the participants interacted with the community and had a dialogue with the community as to what it means for them to Mitigate and Adapt to Climate Change.
The objectives of this workshop were:
1. To create an Asia-Alliance for Intergenerational Partnership for Sustainability sharing common interests, on ESD and climate change.
2. To define the vision, mission, goals and values of the network
3. To establish a mandate for the alliance for working towards SD through contributing to the fight against climate change
4. To create an educational guidebook on climate change, which incorporates the goals and fulfils the objectives of ESD
5. To consult various stakeholders, including civil society representatives, students and youth participants, on the content of the book
6. To solicit inputs for similar upcoming initiatives on ESD and climate change
7. To disseminate the content of the guidebook amongst stakeholders
8. To contribute to the efforts of an Asian Citizens Assembly in 2010 led by the China-India Forum through this Alliance
Outcomes of the workshop:
1. Participants exchanged ideas on climate change, its impacts across India and the world and gained a good deal of knowledge, especially with the talks from specialists
2. Participants gained new ideas on possible mitigation options available across India and the world that could be replicated
3. Participants learnt about a new facet to the implementation of CDM projects and its impact on sustainable development and rural communities
4. Participants resolved to have a national level youth summit on climate change in Hyderabad, to take these discussions on climate change mitigation and youth role forward and to create opportunities for Indian youth to represent their voice at the International summit on Climate Change.
5. To publish the Climate Change guidebook and use that for training and bringing awareness on issues related to Climate Change in India and Asia.
6. To launch a Climate Change and Water Film Festival in India and Asia
7. To launch Asian Citizens Alliance in July 2008 at the China-India-Japan Forum to be held at Tokyo to address issues not just in India but all over Asia on Social and Sustainable Development with Climate Change Mitigation as one of the key issues of the Alliance.