After having gone through 3 phases of vigorous training, 5 teams were selected to be granted a humble amount of funds to put their concepts into practice. 5 projects are 5 different approaches, different locations, and different beneficiaries, yet they all contribute to the same big picture: fighting climate change. We are really pleased to see and tell you the impacts that they are creating.
Much waste in Vietnam is disposed of by incinerating, discharging a large number of greenhouse gases and causing the atmosphere to trap more and more heat. In rural areas, there are days the sky turns leaden due to farmers burning bales of straw to ashes to get rid of them. A big bulk of waste like plastic disposables, worn-out backpacks shares the same fate in urban settings. Our campers tried to get to the roots of the matter and find a way round these problems. Some resorted to emerging technology for gathering and cleaning up plastic rubbish on the river. Some attempted at activities to increase awareness among stakeholders, help them grasp the repercussion and, eventually, change their behaviours towards sustainable practices. No matter what they do, they are fighting valiantly to mitigate the effects of climate change and ensure the habitability of the Earth.
A big thank to all your generous supporters who have joined us in your own way to address climate change and sowed the seeds of future climate leaders! We will keep you posted about them as they grow.
Thanks to the valiant efforts of the government and the full cooperation of the citizens, much of lives in Vietnam has returned to normal for a while even though COVID-19 is still wreaking havoc in other parts of the world. Therefore, our young leaders were able to reunite and back to the race against climate change in Stage 2 of Vietnam Climate Leadership Initiative at the end of May.
Over the course of 3 and a half days (28 - 31/05), the fellows worked on their proposals and delved deeper into knowledge so as climate change, the application of a critical-thinking method (design think) and a model to build up projects (Canvas) with the support from skillful facilitators, experienced mentors and enthusiastic supporters.
The morale escalated to the next level on the last day when groups of contestants competed to make it through one of five groups awarded with $1,000 for their project. After detailed consideration, the jury panel selected 5 most suitable groups with projects varying from scooping rubbish out of Cai Rang river to facilitating the supply and demand of straw after a crop yield. Beyond our wildest dream, the remaining teams also received funding from a member of the jury board and an unfamiliar philanthropist. We now can act collectively to tackle the long fight ahead.
When I'm writing these lines, we are approaching the final stage, Incubation, where we'll increase the capacities of the warriors before the real fight. I will keep you posted about what will have happened in the next post. Stay tuned and take care!
Our camp is set to happen in the beginning of April but nothing has been firmed up yet because of the Corona epidemics. The disease has turned everything upside down and all activities are legislatively restricted to constrain the spread of the virus and ensure the safety of communities.
At the same time, our camp participants are full of fire to learn more, grow more and do more for the environment. Even though a highly contagious disease is out there, all the participants want to launch the second camp as soon as possible (the tentative time above is suggested by them!) and nobody has withdrawn from the camp owing to the disease. Our morale always remains unflinching.
Once the Corona clears up, we are getting back to the fight against climate change!
Thank you so much for your donations to Vietnamese Climate Leadership Camp (VCLC) early this year. The camp is right now taking place in the Mekong Delta in southwestern Vietnam with more than 40 youth participating in the empowering sessions designed for next generation. With the aim to cultivate community youth leaders to contribute to climate mitigation and adaptation, the sessions in the camp include Climate Change 101, Campaign Strategy & Design thinking, Community organizing,etc. to open the participants’ mind to climate issues and the innovative ways to join the fight to climate crisis which is undermining the future of the youth.
Since the camp will end in a few days, we definitely will update you soon after the completion of it and share with you what inspires the youth and what they have learned from the camp. Stay tune!
Thanks for supporting our climate education camp (VCLC) to empower Vietnamese youth to create community initiatives to fight climate change. We have moved the camp to late October for better preparation. Especially, The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) will support us for some training sessions and bring in new perspectives in the face of climate crisis.
Next Friday (13 Sept) is the Mid-Autumn Festival in Vietnam, which is the time to get together with friends and families under the shining full moon. Local people will enjoy moon cakes and kids will have fun playing with small lanterns during evening. We hope you will feel the good vibe next week if you are in Vietnam and maybe try Vietnamese moon cakes if you can find them in your area :D
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