Harnessing the power of school children to create a more sustainable and resilient world (October to December)
The world could be a greener place if we all take care of her. Do you think you are having a green lifestyle? Do you realize that you want to learn more about a sustainable living? Does your lifestyle really reflect your green beliefs?
Well, now you can “walk the talk”. Join one of the following YUNGA labs to empower yourself on specific issues that move our environment, learn how to address them and join different networks to undertake your journey to become global citizen that can change the world.
Learning, protecting and empowering has never been more fun!
Look at the available labs below, select the one you are interested in and register your school class, youth group or association by sending a mail to [email protected] and we will give you all the information you need. Most labs are conducted in English, but let us know your language preferences and we will try to arrange them.
1 - Take the Biodiversity Challenge: the impact of your food choices on the environment
Did you know that what you buy, how you prepare and eat your food, and how you dispose of waste has a big impact on the environment, including the animals, plants and microorganisms living on the planet? You may also be surprised to learn that a lot of your favourite food items are dependent on biodiversity. Join this lab and learn how you can make a positive difference for biodiversity. Put your beliefs into action, because every little bit of help can contribute to preserving biodiversity.
Date: September 2022
Target audience: 8-12
Check social media: #biodiversity, #environmentaleducation @GYBN_CBD, @UNBiodiversity
Lab Lead: Chantal Robichaud, Secretariat for the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD)
2 - Energy YUNGA lab: light, heat but is there more? Don’t burn out your planet
Can you imagine living without energy? It’s impossible! Our lives literally are surrounded by energy, but we don’t often stop to think about why energy is so important. We use energy to cook our food, to heat or cool our homes, for light when it’s dark, to move around and much more. But what impacts is it having on our planet? Is there enough clean energy for everyone? Have fun in this session and learn clever ways to help save energy in your home! After all: YOUR actions and ideas to save energy today will help you to make a difference in the world. Energy is part of everything we do every day!
Target audience: 8-12
Lab Lead: Constance Miller, FAO
3 - Tide Turners Plastic Challenge Badge: time to reverse the tide on plastics
If you care about the environment, start your war on single use plastic by joining us in the Tide Turners lab. Join the movement of young people across the world who will be committing to take action to reduce plastic waste in their lives, at schools, and within the community! In the lab you will learn how plastic is threatening life in oceans and on land and you will be able to inspire your friends, family, school, and community to reduce, reuse and recycle single-use plastics A collaboration between UN Environment, FAO, WAGGGS, WOSM, Junior Achievement and other partners has generated a challenge badge that raises action in eliminating one use plastics from our daily life. Over 360,000 young people have started the badge in thirty countries in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. The badge explores the many negative consequences of single use plastics on land and in the Ocean and how we can adopt daily habits and consumption patterns that eliminate the use and need for single use plastics.
Target audience: 8-12
Check social media: #TIDETURNERSPLASTICCHALLENGE #WAVEMAKERS
Lab Lead: Bryan Michuki, UNEP
7- UN CC: Learn Teachers Lab - Think, Learn, Act Climate
The teaching profession is on the frontline in addressing the challenges of climate change. As today’s children will very likely live the whole of their lives with climate change, it makes sense that they should be prepared for this future. One UN Climate Change Learning Partnership (UN CC:Learn) has a mission to build climate change literacy at a global level and is looking for ways to empower teachers and students to better understand the issues and become part of the solution. In particular, UN CC:Learn offers a series of free e-learning resources on climate change and green economy. These are based on official UN content and available in different languages. Course results in an official UN CC:Learn certificate for those who pass. By completing any one of these courses, your journey has begun in becoming a champion for climate change in your family, your school and your community. On 3 March 2022, UNITAR and UN CC:Learn hosted a Teacher’s Lab where teachers from primary, mid and higher school levels, and university professors came together to learn more about how they can best integrate topics of climate change into their curriculum. Educators had the opportunity to discover UN CC:Learn courses and many other useful resources on climate change developed by different UN Agencies. Information about other relevant UN CC:Learn initiatives, such as in-country support for the integration of climate change into the formal education systems as well as youth engagement was also presented. The session took place virtually over zoom.
Date: Similar sessions with UN CC:Learn will be held throughout 2022, so stay tuned for our updates!
Target audience: school teachers, university professors and educators
Lab Lead: Christina Rekakavas, UNITAR
Sparked your interest? Don’t wait – ask your teacher or group leader to register your school class, youth group or association by sending a mail to [email protected] and we will give you all the information you need.