Spain: Responding to Climate Change
May 14 2013
A guest post by Sven Kallen, Project Leader of LIFE+ The Green Deserts, on climate action and reforestation in Spain.
Connect4Climate (C4C) is a campaign, a coalition, and a community that cares about climate change.
The goal of C4C is to create a participatory, open knowledge platform that engages the global community in climate change conversation to drive local action through advocacy, operational support, research, and capacity building.
C4C is helping, through social media and the web, to amplify voices of local stakeholders that have stories to tell about climate change.
With nearly half a million followers on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social media channels, Connect4Climate is building an ever-growing community of individuals around the world committed to climate change action. C4C uses its robust network to promote innovative global advocacy efforts, to share resources, and to build knowledge partnerships. Creating an open and neutral space where all are free to exchange ideas and solutions fosters a much needed conversation that is driven from the ground up and enhances civic engagement through social accountability.
Launched by the World Bank, the Italian Ministry of Environment, and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) in collaboration with more than 150 knowledge partners in September 2011, Connect4Climate (C4C) is a global partnership program dedicated to climate change communication. Our partners include international organizations, social media networks, UN agencies, NGOs, academia, civil society, private sector, public sector, and youth organizations. With an ever-growing list of knowledge partners, Connect4Climate aims to act as a convener of all parties with an interest in raising awareness about climate change issues and participating in an interactive, global dialogue on climate change.
We have and are running a number of competitions, events and intiatives to aggregate climate change experiences, knowledge and solutions.
With roughly 70% of Africa’s total population under 30, the 2011 Connect4Climate Campaign tapped into the rich potential of African’s youth as powerful agents of social change. In the lead up to the African COP, the UNFCCC COP17 in Durban in 2011, C4C rallied Africans to submit stories, pictures and videos to our competition. Over 650 photos and videos were submitted to our photo/video competition, including submissions from every country in Africa. Thanks to all who participated and congratulations to all the winners! View all the submissions here and the slideshow of the winners here.
The C4C event at the Newseum was an evening of inspiration, creativity, and action to celebrate the ‘Apps for Climate’ competition winners and the launch of the Connect4Climate/MTV ‘Voices4Climate’ Global Photo, Video, and Music competition.
2012 saw Connect4Climate and TerrAfrica in collaboration with MTV run the global Voices4Climate competition to invite young people to submit photos, videos, music videos, and podcasts that tell powerful climate change and sustainable land and water management stories. Totaling more than one thousand entries, we received a wide variety of climate stories, from photos on health care for climate refugees, to a Portuguese music video focused on forest fires, to a video documenting rice farming in Sudan. We are so grateful to all of our participants and their eagerness to share their stories on climate change - have a look at the submissions here.
As part of the Voices4Climate competition TerrAfrica and Connect4Climate invited the two Podcast category winners Pilirani Tambala of Zodiak Broadcasting System in Malawi and Nelson Ndjenga Hakeenah of Hope FM in Kenya, to attend and report on COP18. Hear the winning entries here.
On March 1 2013 C4C hosted an evening of climate change youth action at the World Bank. With special guests and live music acts we launched our Rhythms del Mundo: Africa CD featuring tracks by Coldplay, Beyoncé, Eminem, Bruno Mars, and more – each remixed with African artists to support climate change projects worldwide, and we awarded the Voices4Climate competition winners. Watch the full run of show here and read Jim Yong Kim's speech from the night here.
In partnership with TVN Media Group, C4C has launched a new global competition for the best 30-second video ad about climate change. Open to university students worldwide, winners will receive a scholarship, recognition at the Grand Prix of Advertising in Milan, and exposure at film festivals in Cannes, New York, and Beijing. Submit your entry now: C4CiChange.org
In partnership with Alcantara, C4C hosted a pavilion space at Milan Design Week designed by Italian architect Giulio Cappellini using eco-friendly Alcantara materials. The space will feature an interactive C4C exhibition and a series of panel discussions on sustainability and design. View all the panel discussion in our YouTube Playlist.
In just over a year, we have created an online community of followers that engage in thousands of interactions per day. This gathering of scholars, decision-makers, grassroots activists, youth, and concerned global citizens of all ages from all walks of life is harnessing collective intelligence to find new and effective ways to address climate change issues.
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