Join the global CLIMATE STRIKE movement for a week or day of planetary action. This year, we turn commitment and passion into action!
World Environment Day is approaching. Are you thinking of doing something really creative and impactful?
UN Days usually serve for commemoration, hugs and frustrating data. But WE ALREADY KNOW of the problems! It is high time to implement solutions. So let’s take UN Days to a new level, together!
On this day, we’re putting forward 4 wildly successful YOUTH-LED solutions that are fun, inspirational, concrete, mobilize different user groups, make a big impact and offer a variety of favorite causes and activities for everybody: local or global, short- or long-term, simple or challenging, making local history, no less.
A collaboration of YOUTH-LEADER, CLIMATE STRIKE and others choosing to be awesome
Mobilize your crew, equip yourself with teen-powered solutions and make an impact!
Choose Your Favorite Hero*ine, Cause, Activity, Action Level (1-4) and get rolling!
Take a Fablab / Makerfaire / low tech approach for development solutions for villages in Malawi. Replicate the famous”windmill from trash” and set up an exciting partnership changing lives, making headlines and lifelong memories.
Create fun, epic videos about yukky ingredients. Your focus: the epidemic spread of hurtful palm oil polluting our foods, erazing rainforests, extincting species and pushing climate change.
Protect local water by making your city a Blue Community as Robyn has done in 27 cities: Keep water public, make it a human right, and ban bottled water.
Detect and promote local renewable energy sources, like Jessie has done for Vermont – where wood pellet heating now saves her school, citizens and the state up to $1.9 billion a year.
Yeah – if these kids can do it, teens everywhere can. YOU CAN!
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Make Our Cities “Blue Communities” : Keep Water Public, make it a Human Right and Ban Bottled Water
“Clean water is a human right. It’s time we protect our water, keep it public and safe.”
YL INTERVIEW: View online (PDF)
ROBYN HAMLYN is not the only student who has seen films documenting how bad practices in business and politics have led to water pollution, soaring prices, and very bad health effects, even in her water rich country of Canada. But Robyn has turned her shock into action! She joined a powerful coalition of experts and citizens who have crafted a solution to safeguard water aquifers and rivers and provide abundant clean water for generations to come. Robyn is their youngest speaker asking town councils to become ‘Blue Communities’ by passing legislation that water services stay public, banning bottled water, and making clean water a human right. Hold your seat: Robyn has already made several cities turn Blue! Now she is training kids and teens like you to be Water Warriors, able to protect their water for the future!
The one and only successful model to-date to create proper water stewardship. The trick is to do it at local / regional level, where decision-makers still feel connected to people and the environment, to paint the global picture and simple, robust, holistic solution, and youth as the messenger. This is extremely precious for a sense of empowerment in this troublesome matter, and shifting away from addressing polluters and abusers to simply focussing on the solution and anchoring it. Bam. The issue is super popular in schools around the globe, which enables introduction into our great daily hangout, to inform and involve thousands in petitions, as well as raising awareness about the super complex imprtance of water for everything in our lives with our Blue Schools model. A must-have for every school and city on the planet. How could it work without this? Do it!
LEVEL 1 : RESEARCH YOUR LOCAL WATER SITUATION
View Robyn’s video, YL interview, website and the film Watch ‘World Water Wars’, the first film that awakened Robyn to act. Study the 3-pronged ‘Blue Communities’ Resolution on Robyn’s website, and on the Council of Canadians website. Get to know Maude Barlow and her credentials as a global leader on healthy, affordable water abundance for all. Browse further links and stories in our Water Collection to learn about the scope of cases, related causes and solutions. Spend special attention to the myths and facts on bottled water and water privatization, to water as a source of crisis, and of peacemaking, on international and local levels. Live a bottled beverage free week, and see how you survive. Be a boss and make it three or four weeks. Still alive? Really!? Keep it up. Off to real action at Level 2!
LEVEL 2 : JOIN CAMPAIGNS AND UPGRADE YOUR LIFESTYLE
Join social media about water issues, support campaigns, share them on your social media. If you live in a country that considers tap water perfectly safe (usually any industrialized “developed” nation), cut bottled water from your diet, use a good reusable bottle instead. Consider using a filter for tap water. Test the effect of a Shungite stone (just a couple of dollars) on tap water (use a jug, leave for an hour, compare the water to water straight from the tap), which may be all you need. You can add other typical minerals like amethyst, quarz etc, as they do of course interact with the water. If your body sensors are intact, you may be surprised. Next, upgrade your school at Level 3.
LEVEL 3 : MAKE YOUR SCHOOL A "BLUE SCHOOL"
Present on water and solutions at schools and events. Make your school a 21st century proof “Blue School”, implementing the resolution at school. Establish free tap water fountains. Listen: make them awesome! Give the fountain space appeal, add artwork, turn it into a co-creative learning environment – as a win win for you, your club, learning culture, and the planet. Add beauty, artwork, a twist of fun, change it monthly: involve clubs and subjects to (a) create artistic info on regional water sources, wetlands and habitats, the creepy crawlies keeping it healthy and alive, local and migrating wildlife thriving on it, and (b) water related issues and activities from our Hero/ines aka 3 UN Days of the Month). Over a year, everyone will be incredibly knowledgible, by simply processing these infos on-the-go! Next, protect water forever – proceed to Level 4.
LEVEL 4 : MAKE YOUR CITY A "BLUE COMMUNITY"
Join Robyn’s Water Warriors network. Check your facts and presentation skills. Make your town council pass the 3-pronged Blue Community Resolution.
LEVEL 5 : GO BEYOND, ESTABLISH LAW TO PROTECT THE COMMONS
Take stewardship and legal protection to top level. Cast a protective web of law around Planet Earth by making Ecocide a Crime Against Peace at the International Criminal Court ICC and in national law. Meet YL Magicians Miriam Clements (Victory Law) and Polly Higgins , who advance the global legal framework for protec-ting life spheres, ecosystems, nature and its inhabitants against destruction, consequential conflict (loss of inner and outer peace) and mass death. Join campaigns warning and holding decision-makers causing ecosystem destruction and human mass suffering personally accountable.
Promote Wood Pellet Heating / Regional Renewable Energies, Saving Billions of Lives and Dollars
“When you have scientists that say: ‘You know, we have 10 years to reverse global climate change’, you have to wake up and be optimistic.”
A 9th grade class assignment inspired Jessie to draft an energy savings program for her school. The program used wood pellet heating, which now saves her school $90,000 per year! The news made waves, and stove sales jumped from a meager one to 1,000 a week! “Whenever I see you in the streets, I think of all the money I’m saving,” community members tell her. Hundreds of youth are replicating the program in other cities. State experts estimate potential annual savings for Vermont to be as high as $1.9 billion. “To me, being a child means running with all of your heart and soul after your wildest dreams, to run uninhibited, with understanding of the feelings in your heart, knowing what you are doing is good, and what you are doing will make things better.” Wow, we’ll take Jessie’s advice!
LEVEL 1 : STUDY YOUR REGIONAL ENERGY SITUATION
Do what Jessie did in grade 8 : study your regional energy situation and what kind of potential renewable energy sources exist. Share your findings in your group, with parents, groups in charge of making this transition and our online community. This helps us build up an exciting educational reosurce for schools and activist to research, driven by curiosity and playful learning. Make it good looking, using media, graphics, good texts and links to cool videos and organizations and resource pages. Yes, different languages are of interest!
LEVEL 2 : VISIT, INTERVIEW AND PLAN WITH REGIONAL ENERGY INNOVATORS
Visit alternative energy movements in your region, interview and document the conversations. Where are they know, where do they wanna go, and what do they say about your research and findings? Document in photo, text, a casual positive news article! Share them with us for publication in YOUTH-LEADER Magazine and for our educational resources.
LEVEL 3 : LAUNCH A CAMPAIGN FOR REGIONAL RENEWABLE ENERGY
Is your region fit for a renewable energy source? Start a campaign involving everyone who shares and likes your goals! Harvest positive voices and share with media. Raise awareness in public, farmers markets, cafes, schools, at your city council, conferences, online etc. Share it with us, so we can get experts involved and help you.
LEVEL 4 : INTRODUCE & MESH FURTHER SOLUTIONS
Climate change resilient regions require holistic solutions for energy, food, water, natural resources etc., characterized by regional, interconnected, independent networks, multi-stakeholder collaboration, intergenerational learning, active citizenship, vibrant community, co-creative decision-making (participative governance) and more. Hence, take on your quest for soft, sustainable energy solutions from many angles. In combination, they can change attitudes, worldview, build momentum, alliances and get a tremendous lot of people involved!
- Make your school energy sustainable. No more fossils and nuclear.
- Lead campaigns to Divest from fossil fuels – asking cities, funds, universities, churches, institutions, banks. Connect with 350.org for this. View online media by Chloe Maxmin and Divest Harvard.
- Start a Green Fund, asking students to pay just $5+ more tuition per year, generating millions over the next years, allowing investment in renewable energies; your hero? Rachel Barge. She rocked hundreds of colleges! > Stop Fracking. Period.
- Make Ecocide a Crime against Peace by joining the global campaigns. View Polly Higgins’ Ted Talk and websites. This means creating a protective web of law around the planet. It needs to be done, so we might start right away. For the whole treat, view her interview.
Share your experiences with us, so the world sees the initiative unfold and can join forces with you rockstars!
Teach Kids about Yukky Stuff in Our Foods : Focus on PALM OIL
“Read food labels, to avoid really yukky, bad and unhealthy ingredients.”
CORAL is an 7-year-old unschooler and one-of-a-kind gal who is intensely passionate about health and nutrition. Feeling that school was boring and having ‘quit’ after first grade, Coral studies the world from home, and oftentimes yells at misleading food commercials on TV. It’s time you view Coralganics videos – teaching children about ingredients in common foods and helping them live healthier. Chick-fil-A’s looking fresh after 6 months? That’s disgusting, as are the ingredients! Watch her tell pediatricians off for recommending Flintstones vitamins and question Time Magazine and Dr. Mehmet Oz’s nonsensical claims that processed, canned foods were no different from fresh, organic foods! A healthy life is yours! Read food labels, question false ads, share knowledge, and, first of all – subscribe to Coralganics!
LEVEL 1 : VIEW CORAL'S VIDEOS AND DISCUSS
View her videos, reflect, research labels at home, in stores, share your experience among friends, parents and on our social media. What surprised you most?
LEVEL 2 : CREATE A VIDEO ON YUKKY FOOD : FOCUS ON PALM OIL
Create a video on another yukky popular food, share online.
- TIP: Make it a class project!! You may come up with 10 videos in short time. How awesome! Then share them among all your social networks. You know they’ll love it, remember, spread the news, and get more people involved in creating videos. Let’s go viral!
LEVEL 3 : LIFESTYLE CHALLENGE : "A MONTH FREE FROM PALM OIL"
Take a Lifestyle Challenge and make a daily post on our facebook stream with a photo and brief comment showing your breakthroughs and breakdowns. 4 Weeks for champs, 2 weeks minimum.
- “Life Without Palm Oil”
related to the experience of
- “4 Weeks of Vegan Living”
- “4 Weeks Without Supermarket”
A super exciting adventure!
LEVEL 4 : PHILANTHRO-PARTY! SUPPORT ORANG UTANS
Philanthro-Party! Organize a yum filled fundraiser, be it a magical bakesale, vegan treats, exotic lemonaids, a natural food party in a natural environment – and let’s donate our collective funds to one of 4 very special Orang Utan habitat protecting projects – you can choose your favorite!
LEVEL 5 : END DIRTY PALM OIL - ONCE AND FOR ALL
Practically all palm oil production is tied to obscene human rights abuses, total rainforest ecosystem annihilation, species extinction, corruption and deception of the public. Calling fuel derived from this ecocide “biofuels” is truly no less than a crime against humanity, and so is putting this “sin” into every imaginable mushy stuff that no one really needs; sweets, sauces, processed industrial pseudo-foods with long shelf-life). Despite the horrors being documen-ted and spread in mainstream media, nothing changes. Instead, it accelerates! This has to end! Step ahead to END consumption of these use-less, hurtful products, hold industry accounta-ble, enfore full sustainability for the tiny bit of palm oil that makes sense, by using the Action Kits of Madi & Rhiannon and Polly Higgins.
Bring Electricity to Malawi’s Villages, by Creating Windmills Cheap or Free from Trash
„Science is true empowerment. Everybody can learn and apply it. Make something!“
A dramatic change of weather patterns has plunged half of Malawi’s population into crisis, incl our friends. Help us shape a good future!
What’s the best thing about science, makerfaires and being in Malawi? To Lonjezo, it is the fact that creating stuff is fun and also serves society, making the entire country your playground! Lonjezo early got actively involved in climate education, joined tree plantings, gave trainings, launched a radio show on environmental education and founded a school science club making phone networks using locally available resources. Inspired by 3-d printing, Lonjezo and his grown up friend Joseph are setting up a fablab at the capital city’s university, exploring low-tech development solutions for rural communities, like 3d-printed protheses, windmills for electricity, farming innovations etc. You, your school, and the maker community are invited to join in re-dreaming Malawi!
The windmill story is a cracker, everybody loves it. But no one has replicated it. As usual, the step from knowledge to action is beyond people. Crazy. We are changing this. And we do so by connecting with fun, entertaining, adventurous win-win activities and values that we all share : helping challenged communities – yes, our friends Lonjezo and Joseph are right into an extreme crisis of changing weatcher patterns and failing harvests affecting their people and families!!, maker stuff (yay!), creating a stunner in our own backyard and main street to make fresh headlines, fundraising and seeing an impact, and meeting the peops live and seeing success unfold as our FIELD PARTNER spreads such low-tech sustainability solutions throughout Malawi. Which is a nice country by the way. Let’s save that human and natural beauty and make it a model country, like Bhutan (going 100% organic and renwable), in its own ways.
LEVEL 1 : VIEW VIDEOS, REFLECT AND PLAN FOR ACTION
View the videos, reflect and explore more about youth-powered electric windmills for remote villages, recycling and low-tech solutions for basic needs and sustainability. Share your experiences, surprises and ideas in your group and on social media; make sure to include links to cool useful stuff. Check out 3-d printed protheses, the price difference and different models. Spend good time realizing what difference it makes to have a simple windmill for a few bucks that generates electricity, even for irrigating the fields. And then make up your mind to help people get those! Are you ready?
LEVEL 2 : PHILANTHRO-PARTY ! FOR LOW-TECH SUSTAUNABILITY SOLUTIONS IN MALAWI
This can be a very, very cool and magical endeavour. Imagine yourself projecting or even building such a trash windmill in your backyard, place it on a farmer’s market, pedestrian zone and get media and citizens involved? Will you take it to schools to start conversations and win partners for your massive fundraiser and – follow-up activities?
LEVEL 3 : REPLICATE - CREATE A WINDMILL FROM TRASH!
Create a windmill from trash, or another solution or cool tool. Share your achievements with us, media, schools and add meaningful activities for people to get involved, such as petitions for ending fossil fuels, divestment, and of course supporting our hero’ines abroad!
- Tip: Add awesome maker stuff like Elephant Toothpaste to your celebrations. Paper Rockets, too? Sure!
LEVEL 4 : SET UP A DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP
Set up a development partnership with Lonjezo & Joseph for bringing windmills to villages in Malawi, to set up a Fablab Makerspace and implement further low tech solutions. Meet “live” online, see success unfold, partaay!
- TIP: Will you visit them, document your experience, share it back home to scale the movement?
Epic Fablab / MakerFaire examples
Here’s a cool introduction and an epic clip, featuring Madison Vorva, who also happens to be a world champion protecting rainforests, Orang Utans and cleaning up the ugly palm oil story (view Actions!). https://student.societyforscience.org/article/‘fablab’-brings-cool-science-tv. The epic Elephant Toothpaste experiment:
There’s a bunch more epic makerstuff that inspires us to think how we can create stuff that’s really meaningful for making a change to people’s lives.
- Videos: Sylvia – Rockets! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKmdeCvq_YM
- Mousey the Junk Robot: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pw08dC-RZ1g
- Sylvia – Backpack Buddy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQOYsEcbumM
- Sylvia’s Maker Show: Paper Crafts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zklUOPXLcY
- Molding for toy replication: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uNopuOBWoA
- Mini Maker Faire Sydney https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nN8uYDQHvpI
- Maker Faire 2014 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yipp4C7fLiI
- Barcelona Maker Faire 2013
- Mini Maker Faire Toronto 2011
- The Mad Geniuses https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJGfzCGRSG4
The Maker Movement is a fantastic phenomenon that’s taking on enormous proportions, also at schools. We really want to tap into the chance to use it for creating a better world. We can even create an own stream in the movement. So get involved and let’s get started using famous solutions and do what no one else yet did : simply copying, applying them where they are needed!
- the windmill built from trash or cheap materials
- created by youth
- starting a movement through the capital, villages, the entire country of Malawi, and even your community
We will also think of other cool stuff. Such as
- 3d printed protheses
and of course setting up a base
- setting up a Fablab in Malawi
- powered by youth and college students
This is one of the most fun and motivating approaches to development work we’ve ever seen, so let’s play it to the fullest!
- Sign up for updates, further tools, Live on Skype” meetings and success updates
- Browse hero*ines, solutions and proposed actions
- Download action kits, share, discuss with your crew
- Take Action
- Share your progress, activities in photo and text bits with us, climate strike and your friends
and enjoy seeing our global movement manifest in action!
Oh, – and have fun on your adventure!
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WHY AND HOW HARNESS THE POWER OF UN DAYS TO THE MAX ?
United Nations Days are well respected by many important groups in society. They help us connect and collaborate with teachers, journalists, local organizations and citizens, including peers, friends, family and colleagues. Yes, inspire your parents to connect your actions with their workplace! Good Teachers appreciate youth initiative on global issues and taking responsibility, committing one’s most precious, one’s lifetime, and to see the impact, joy, growth and life skills gained (imagine doing this every month, it upgrades learning culture and makes youth leadership omni-present at school; that’s your ticket to awesome community and impact). Good Journalists report on UN Days, but are limited to boring, frustrating data; solutions, (global) young hero’ines and yourself as local hero’ine give them story, protagonists, images and opportunity for involving the readership (hint: imagine doing this for several UN Days per month! Yes, that’s huge, and it makes a loooot of readers, new allies and demand). Civil Society Organizations hold their great party on the UN day related to their cause, often they organize an event – and it’s always the same people and status quo; smash hit solutions, (global) young hero’ines and yourself as local hero’ine are the most inspirational thing that they’ve seen in a long time, equips them for bigger action and better connecting with the young generation at school (imagine doing this every month, and you’ll soon be known to all organizations in the city. Wow, wow, wow). Good Mayors will be with you, and that guarantees media presence, followed by access to donors and partners in administration. You get the point. Now wield that wisdom well!
OUR GENERATION'S ROLE
LET US UNFOLD THE POWER OF OUR GLOBAL COMMUNITY
We are a global movement
- with loads of talented youth crews
- that can rock way more than we have done so far
Let us make the most of it,
- seeing what other crews are doing
- enjoy seeing us in action
- celebrate common achievements
- learn from one another
- inspire others
- plan for more
Use the opportunity
- to build presence in schools and media
- for creating new alliances
Make sure to
- share your actions with us through cellphone photos and brief texts and relevant links
- to inspire and empower each other as well as strengthen and build our global movement
Document your actions
- cellphone photos in action
- brief comments
- share with your local media!
- share with us
- share on social media as the project unfolds!
Invite friends and family, organizations, and schools to get involved.
Would you like to organize a Poster Exhibit?
- for stronger visible presence
- to establish a permanent base with a stand, involving people in fundraisers, campaigns, bakesales?
Use our Poster Set with 49 young hero*ines
- It is evolving in 18 languages
- Download it here
This is a small taste of what we are up to with YOUTH-LEADER and our leadership program aligned with monthly UN Days in partnership with awesome young changemakers, organizations and adult allies.