THE CLIMATE CHANGE PROJECT

Climate change is global, let’s make sure the information is too. 

Project Overview

  • The Climate Change Index Project will compare cities globally on their climate change performance from a youth perspective.

  • An index is a way to create a common measurement that serves as a platform of understanding for people located in different contexts of knowledge to create common ground on a shared issue.

  • The Index will be accessible to youth across the world in different contexts because the end users helped design the product. 

Project Values

  • Global 

    • Establishing a global network of youth organizations and to create a Youth Climate Change Advisory Council 

    • Mentorship and meaningful alignment between existing youth environmental and sustainable organizations

  • Ownership model 

    • A universally shared problem needs to be addressed with a shared vision and tools

  • Conduit between information and action

    • Create resources, tools, and meaningful connections for young urban changemakers to take informed action

Project Context

Climate change has already begun to disproportionately impact vulnerable communities globally, and youth fall into this category. For so long, climate change data and information has remained inaccessible to the public, with only academics and scientists facilitating these important conversations. Most importantly, the language and data have made it difficult for people to distill how they can play a part in the global fight against climate change.

We want to change this.

Youth need access to this information in a way that appeals and prioritizes them so that they can understand their role and make decisions that benefit them and future generations. This Climate Change Index will be a resource that engages youth in the conversations of climate action in their communities and that contribute to a global network driven by youth, for youth.

Project Objectives

  • To bring together youth to gain global perspectives on climate impacts and foster community in climate action

  • To make climate data more accessible to the public and appealing to youth

  • To bridge the gap between climate data and youth climate action

Project Outputs

The main output is to create the climate change index, but there are a few things we need to do first. 

  1. We want to create a Youth Climate Change Advisory Council. The Advisory Council will consist of one representative from 1 to 2 youth organizations for each of the 10 categories we’ve chosen to focus on. These include education, energy, transport, water, waste, land use, health, food, economy, and engagement. This Advisory Council will help workshop possible indicators for each of the categories.

  2. We want to create a Global Youth Climate Change Survey. This survey will help us determine which categories are most important to youth. This will be represented in the weighting of variables in our final index and helps to adjust the developed indicators for a global context. It also provides necessary input on how youth feel their cities are doing in terms of climate change action, to share past, present, and future projects, allows them to voice their concerns and to identify what they want to learn more about. This survey will then be distributed through the organizations of the council members to their networks.

 

Once we have the results of the survey and have our workshopped indicators, we can hire city leads who will research and input data on their respective cities. From there, we will generate the final index—an accessible open-source interactive digital platform.

Get Involved

To learn more about the project, how to support it, or to inquire about becoming a member of the Youth Climate Change Advisory Council e-mail us at info@youthfulcities.com.

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