Environment & Climate Change

4th Regional Conference on Climate Change: Sep 26-29, 2019, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

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4th Regional Conference on Climate Change in Ulaanbaatar

The APAY 4th Regional Conference on Climate Change was held on 26-29 September, 2019 at Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Sixteen youth leaders from Korea, India, Indonesia, Taiwan, Myanmar and Mongolia participated in the program jointly hosted by the Asia and Pacific Alliance of YMCAs and YMCA of Mongolia. It was the first regional program hosted by the YMCA of Mongolia.

 

The APAY runs E-Learning course on Climate Change, an online platform designed with 9 different modules covering different areas related to Climate Change. Participants who successfully complete the e-learning are required to design and implement an action plan based what they have learned. The Regional Conference on Climate Change was the final and concluding activity of APAY E-learning on Climate Change course which stretched over a 6 month period. At this conference, participants were provided additional information and resources on issues related to combating climate change that is not covered by the e-learning. Participants also had opportunity to exchange information and experiences related to combating climate change by their local communities and YMCAs.

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Regional Green Ambassadors Training, Chiangmai, Thailand

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Last Updated (Friday, 11 October 2019 13:35)

Asia & Pacific Alliance of YMCAs & Sao Hin YMCA
Regional Green Ambassadors Training
Let’s Act on Climate Change
Restore our Nature & Promote Sustainable Livelihoods and Peace
November 18 -23, 2019

(Including Days of Arrival and Departure)

At the YMCA of Chiangmai, Chiang Mai Province, Thailand

1. Introduction:

Consumption of energy and natural resources is growing steadily, driven by economic development and population growth. Current patterns of energy and natural resource use, agricultural practices, and urbanization appear to be largely unsustainable and require urgent remediation. Moreover, destruction of forests and the considerable burning of fossil fuels are directly causing the level of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere to rise.

The average global temperature on earth has increased by about 0.8° Celsius since 1880. By the end of this century, it will be several degrees higher, according to the latest climate research. Studies show that Asia is becoming a major contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions, and its ecosystems are under stress, with on-going, accelerating loss of biodiversity. This region is regularly identified as one of the regions that will be hardest hit by global warming. Since climate change is a global phenomenon that will require collaborative action by individuals, communities, governments, organizations and corporations to bring about meaningful change. We need urgent action at every level to combat climate change and its impacts.

The Asia and Pacific Alliance of YMCAs and Sao Hin YMCA recognize that education has an important role to play in improving the global response to climate change. That means all sectors have to work in direct implementation of climate change adaptation and mitigation especially to inspire others to work towards the necessary behavioral changes.

With our wide geographic reach, YMCAs have the ability to use this advantage to engage stakeholders in government, academic, media, business, and communities to create a force multiplier. Thus, the Asia and Pacific Alliance of YMCAs and Sao Hin YMCA, Chaing Mai, had cooperated to organize the YMCA Green Ambassadors Training Program since 2017.

The training expected that YMCAs of Asia and Pacific Region would be more sensitive towards the ecology, peace & living together within nature, responsive towards preservation of the environment, reduce their respective carbon emission, become Green and Low Carbon YMCA, and work towards climate justice with the concrete and innovative activities in ensuring quality and opportunity of climate change education in their respective YMCA.

To continue our mission for healthy and well protected environment supporting a sustainable living, the Regional Green Ambassadors Training on “Let’s Act on Climate Change: Restore our Nature & Promote Sustainable Livelihoods and Peace” will be organized during November 18 – 23, 2019, in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

The Training aims to have practical and incremental learning effects for all the participants by sharing good practices and providing a practical opportunity to better understand the concept and practice of climate change education.

The training programs will be focused on natural resource preservation, energy conservation and alternative energy promoting, the impacts of climate change and green consumption as well as promote cooperation of all sectors. The participants shall be expected to commit themselves or form a ‘Green Team’ to work for carbon emission reduction in their own YMCAs and community in order to organize continuing activities to reduce carbon emission and promote green society.

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International Green Ambassadors Training 2019

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