Climate Change is one of the biggest threats to our human rights and it is about to get worse. Young people will have to bear the brunt of the climate crisis, unless we get our policy makers to act swiftly and stay below 1.5 degrees of global warming. Time is running out. That's why it is important to support young people to educate themselves why the climate crisis is happening, how it is affected our lives and what we all can do. For this, Amnesty International Japan has started a series of workshops in English aimed an young people that allows them to learn about how climate change and human rights are connected and discuss with their peers problems, impacts and possible solutions. As part of the Amnesty Climate Taskforce (ACT), youth from Japan, Nepal, Australia, Europe, Africa and all parts of the world come together in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Young people not only simply take part in the workshop, but they plan it, decide the next topics, look for guest speakers and think of fun icebreakers and quizzes.
On 1 April 2023, we hold our latest online workshop, which gave an introduction to climate change and human rights and lasted for 3.5 hours. The workshop's main objectives aimed for increasing youth awareness on the issues of climate change and human rights, improving public speaking and activism skills, fostering stronger networks between like-minded individuals, and encouraging ACT-like networks around the world.
Gina Van Dyk from the Climate Reality Leadership Corps presented the first session of the workshop and talked about the effects of the climate. After her talk, we divided into smaller groups of six people from various nations to allow participants exchange opinions and provide the opportunity to learn from each other. The next session, which was led by Bjoern Schimkat, who is a campaigner at Amnesy Japan, touched on gender inequity, indigenous people, refugees, and how people are being impacted by climate change. His talk was followed by break out room discussions, where participants discussed vulnerability and responsibility to the climate crisis and and share their thoughts with the other dicussion groups. We concluded the workshop with brainstoriming ideas that we all can do to fight the climate crisis and appeal to those of the general public who aren't speaking up for climate justice yet.
Amnesty Climate Task Force" (ACT) is planning for more future workshops on climate justice, each time with a different focus (such as gender, indigeneous poples, etc.). We are looking for individuals who are interested in helping us planning and running this event. If you are interested, please do get in touch with us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
▽ Amnesty Climate Taskforce (ACT)