Youth Climate Solidarity Project
In order to face the climate crisis based on solidarity, we do not need to wait on governments. We can do it today. Here is how.
In the Youth Climate Solidarity Project one person in an Over-Consuming Country (OCC) gets linked up with a person ("climate buddy") in a Lower-Consuming Country (LCC), accepting moral responsibility for the impacts of climate change lived by this person. The buddies explore each others living conditions and their related emissions. If the LCC buddy is hit by a climate change related impact, the OCC buddy helps him out of trouble, living the principle of solidarity.
Together, both explore their lifestyles and options for reducing their greenhouse gas emissions. Most likely LCC buddies will have much knowledge to share about low-carbon or zero-emissions solutions for human needs. Ideally this learning enterprise and exchange ultimately leads both buddies to climate positive lifestyles, where they take greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere, instead of putting more up, converting themselves into pioneers for a climate friendly world society and into leaders and examples in their community.
How to join
You can join the Project by filling out our Signup Form!
The Youth Climate Solidarity Project functions as broker, bringing willing individuals from OCCs in touch with willing participants from LCCs. We facilitate through help with emissions calculation and suggestions for activities and ways of interacting and sharing. We collect best-practices and disseminate them.
Participants in a first step will be climate activists of the International Youth Climate Movement who can serve as multipliers in their communities. Possible first links: New Zealand-Chiapas, California-Chiapas, OCCs-South Africa, US-China,EU-Malawi...
Once routines are established, we aim to expand this global climate solidarity mechanism horizontally, linking it with friends, family, classes, schools, existing organizations and networks, communities, cities and finally whole countries. This direct solidarity will ideally grow to become one of the underpinnings of humanity's response to the climate crisis.
Suggested Questions for your Climate Buddy
- Where do you live?
- What do you eat?
- What do you do every day?
- What are your goals in life?
- What are you good at do you know much about?
- What impacts of climate change have you observed or felt?
- Where do you get your food, water, electricity from?
- How do you stay healthy? What diseases do you have (personally, in your community)?
- How much money do you use?
- What do you buy besides food, water and medicine?
- How much CO2 and other GHGs do you emit?
- Do your personal emissions differ from the average in your country?
- Has your country/region fossil fuels that need to stay in the ground?
- How many generations before you relied on fossil fuels for everyday needs?
- Has your country, region, city a zero carbon target yet?
- What public policies are in place or being discussed to curb emissions in your city, region, country?
- Who is working on climate change, environmental, human rights, social justice issues in your city/community?
- Describe your detailed emissions record.
- Which zero emissions solutions are used in your community/city? Which ones are still remembered?
The Climate Crisis
The Climate Crisis is the global challenge of our generation. Current attempts of managing this crisis are falling very short of addressing the problem on both the mitigation and the adaptation side in an adequate and even more so in an equitable manner.
Atmospheric CO2 levels are currently at 390ppm. All of us are responsible, because we have to differing degrees contributed to this and are currently still contributing to a continued rise (climate-positive communities without any link to the fossil economy are not yet in existence).
The big polluters are not willing to face their historical responsibility for the problem nor are they willing to make the drastic reduction commitments needed to limit the damage significantly. The victims of climate change are largely left to their own devices. Future generations will be left with a planet in a state of desequilibrium without the capacities (institutional, technological, cultural) to secure the basic human needs of all people on the planet. This means times of (even more) conflict coming up. The current economic paradigm which is based on out-competing your neighbour does not help to improve the overall situation. The corporations try to make money with the crisis as the ship sinks.
What we need is a global effort to halt the climate crisis and to adapt to its impacts, based on the principle of solidarity. We are all in this together, as a human family, and we should even look beyond the limits of our species for understanding the scale of this crisis.
- Make the Link – Climate exChange project
- Climate Literacy - materials and issues to learn about the climate crisis - and how to manage it