Multigenerational Sub-Committee: Youth Education
Youth remain at the forefront of the complex scientific
problems and social quandaries presented by climate change since
they are the next generation who will both inhabit the earth and
inherit the responsibility to protect the planet. It is imperative
that world leaders consider the consequences of their decisions
and their subsequent impact on youth from the present time and
those seven generations ahead, as dictated by the concept of seven
generations sustainability inspired by the Great Law of the Iroquois
"In every deliberation we must consider
the impact on the seventh generation... even if it requires
having skin as thick as the bark of a pine."
It is therefore incumbent upon educators throughout
the world to raise awareness among youth about climate change
issues, while young students have the responsibility to educate
their peers who remain unaware of the issues and engage them in
an ongoing dialogue with the goal of arriving at innovative solutions.
Sub-Committee: the UN DPI/NGO Film Project
The Multigenerational Sub-Committee of the 60th
Annual DPI/NGO Conference produced a documentary film under the
Differences: Family Impacts on Climate Change.
The documentary explored the potential roles of both families
and individuals in preventing climate change. The project was
directed by Mr. Jun Ren, an Independent Film and Theatre Director,
and a member on the Multigenerational Sub-Committee. The documentary
project was accompanied by a family photo album, Say
NO to the Shadow of Earth.
The documentary project demonstrated a broad exploration
of the relationship between family impact and climate change.
The interviewees comprised a number of families recently immigrated
to the US from five regions all over the world. With this approach,
the producers intended to discover how a serious environmental
issue was embodied in the daily lives of different ethnic groups.
Furthermore, the documentary project sought to examine and generate
possible solutions to tackle the urgent situation of climate change.
Student Poster Presentations Sub-Committee
The College/University Poster Presentations were
shown throughout the three-day event. The presentations showcased
young adults’ creative ideas and reflected the theme of the Conference
and the following Midday Workshop topics:
- The Scientific Evidence
- Cultural and Traditional Knowledge
- Water Security and Climate Change
- Best Land Use Practices
- Economics and Policies of Energy and Climate
- Streamlining the System
- Sustainable Development and the Responsibility
- Health and Education
Cross-cutting, universal issues framed the dialogue
for solutions to climate change. The poster presentations managed
to raise awareness of activities, which young adults undertake
and inspired onlookers to act.
Young adults were presented with a unique opportunity
to network effectively and to connect with other active students
and interested NGOs. This forum provided an opportunity to develop
effective collaborations that could be sustained beyond the Conference.
Be the change you wish to see in the
– Mahatma Gandhi
Student Journalists Sub-Committee: Covering
the DPI/NGO Conference
Student journalist from around the world participated
in a unique programme to cover the Conference on climate change
at the United Nations Headquarters. The Conference, entitled,
“Climate Change: How it Impacts Us All" held from 5-7 September
and featured an address by the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General
Asha-Rose Migiro, as well as panels of experts on climate change.
This was the second year of the innovative programme,
which offered students a unique opportunity to cover a conference
at the United Nations. The three-day event managed to mobilise
worldwide public awareness of the dangers to the environment.
Organised by the UN Department of Public Information (DPI) in
partnership with the NGO/DPI Executive Committee, the Conference
continued to be the premier NGO event held at the United Nations
each year. More….