Climate justice through youth education
The impacts of climate change disproportionately affect those who are often the least responsible for it. This project mitigates climate change by addressing it through a human lens, thereby achieving climate justice led by young people whose future is at stake, using ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) as a transformative tool to provide them with the knowledge, skills and behaviours to think and act for a sustainable future
Global | 12 August 2012 – ongoing
The project is implemented by Green Hope Foundation (https://www.greenhopefoundation.com) and its Founder, 20-year-old Kehkashan Basu, the winner of International Children’s Peace Prize for this work that teaches children and youth about climate change impacts through Art, Music, Dance, Sport and Drama and thereafter supports them to develop local action campaigns to mitigate these impacts.
This project uses ESD ( Education for Sustainable Development) as a transformative tool to provide the children and youth with the knowledge, behaviours and skills to think and act for a sustainable future. Since climate change impacts vulnerable communities more disproportionately, this project focusses on empowering these marginalised communities globally. Till date, this project has directly impacted over 142,000 people in 25 countries, amongst them Syrian and Rohingya refugees, children of prisoners in Kenya, Nepal , victims of climate disasters in India and Bangladesh, indigenous communities in Suriname. In developed countries, Green Hope Foundation partners with school boards to provide environmental and climate change education to students to facilitate stewardship. The project uses a variety of digital educational toolkits that help young minds to grasp the impacts of climate change and motivates them to take action.
For its unique advocacy, this project was felicitated with the 2019 Innovator of the Year award for sustainability education at the HundrED Innovation Summit in Helsinki. The Founder, Kehkashan ,has been recognised as a 2021 Forbes 30 under 30 for education for her project.
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