Our newsletters will illustrate the activities of the C6 project including much more information about our partner’s projects and activities addressing Climate Change and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

 

C6 Newsletter 1 – July 2021

Introduction

​The challenges of young people to address climate change and sustainable development from various sources prove that training and mentorship is the most valuable element for them to meaningfully make a difference in their communities. By providing a platform for young people to take personal climate action at home and in their communities by changing their lifestyles and behaviours will strengthen collaboration among them and provide a more connected and collective support to take climate action and inspire other young people to follow them as change makers. ​

About C6

The cultural and creative sectors are of high importance in terms of their economic footprint and employment. They spur innovation across the economy and contribute to numerous other channels for positive social impact (well-being and health, education, inclusion, urban regeneration, etc.). But these sectors are among the hardest hit by the pandemic. On the one hand, according to the OECD Policy Responses to Coronavirus the cultural and creative sectors could help raise awareness about the “complex challenges of climate change”. On the other hand, the EC’s proposal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030 sets Europe on a responsible path to becoming climate neutral by 2050, with a greatest ambition to reduce greenhouse gases and a thorough plan for the next 10 years.

Thus, the current project aims to develop joint initiatives addressing the creative and cultural sectors and the fight against climate change, while promoting innovation, exchange of experience, know-how and best practices among the consortium partners. Additionally, the project is focusing on delivering those initiatives and activities in an engaging and empowering way to our target group – young people between the age of 18 to 29 years, including disadvantaged young people. As the World Bank has stated “The current COVID-19 pandemic has put the spotlight on deep rooted systemic inequalities”.

 

Objective of C6

1.Raise awareness among young people about the challenges we face due to climate change and educate them to implement small changes into their lives to save carbon footprint so they can do something about the world they live in to contribute to saving the Planet.

  1. Engage youth via a creative and digital way to be more responsible and initiative and through trainings/workshops to build eco-literacy through the 50 years of environmental and climate movement in Europe.
  2. Raise awareness among young people about Lifestyle of Health and Sustainability (LOHAS) and educating them on sustainable living through the concepts of the creative and cultural industries and a design thinking approach.
  3. Create a hub of interactive e-learning, exposure for projects/ initiatives in the creative and cultural industries to tackle climate change and provide visibility for young people to showcase their creative projects as well as connect with other motivated young people to create and be part of a global change and a new generation responsible and sustainable mindset.

Summary of C6

C6 stands for “Creativity, Culture and Collaboration to Combat Climate Change”. It is a project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union to train and support young people for implementing small changes into their lives in order to reduce their carbon footprint so they can do something about the world they live in – contribute to restoring the balance of earth.

 

Target Groups

– Young people are interested in getting a better understanding of climate issues and sustainable development.

– Young people in the cultural and creative industries.

– Youth-led NGOs: NGOs run by or involving members <30 y/o.

– The local communities where our participants are coming from.

 

Project Outputs

The handbook will raise awareness among young people about:

1) climate change,

2) how to reduce carbon footprint on a personal level, which will indirectly spread the message to their peers,

3) how the creative and cultural industries can help tackle climate change and explore best practices and case studies already existing,

4) inspire the taking of own initiatives to help the Planet.

The results of this output can be transferred to various contexts as well as to other target groups, when tailored to the specific needs. The different sections could be an add-on to diverse materials when customized/adapted.

 

C6 Project Meetings

All project partners have already had 3 project meetings, which had to be held virtually due to the pandemic. Find out more about the meetings, their content and discussions among the partners below:

Updates from partners

Eathbanc is the Mastercard Lighthouse 2021 Winner!

Congratulations to Earthbanc for being selected as the Overall Winner of the Spring 2021 FINITV class. Earthbanc reports and verifies carbon risks for banks and other large organizations by using its sustainable finance AI in combination with open banking data, satellite & IoT remote sensing services. The company has been selected as the winner for its clear communication, strong value proposition, and potential to help organizations measure scope 3 emissions.

 

Launch of Eric Bremley Lyngdoh Earth Tiger Climate Park on the United Nations World Oceans Day 2021.

To celebrate the United Nations World Oceans Day on 8th June 2021, Worldview Impact Foundation in partnership with Earthbanc launched the Eric Bremley Lyngdoh Earth Tiger Climate Park to highlight the theme of Ocean: Life and Livelihoods. Together they will help restore 300,000 mangrove trees in the Sundarbans of India in West Bengal to fight climate change by creating sustainable livelihoods for the small and marginal farmers living around these swamps while protecting the habitat of the endangered Royal Bengal Tiger. This special climate park has been created to honor Eric Bremley Lyngdoh from Meghalaya northeast India who was born in the year of the Earth Tiger and who inspired the ecosystem restoration projects of Worldview Impact Foundation and the creation of Spring Valley Farm in India.

We have planted 10,000 mangrove trees at the Eric Bremley Lyngdoh Earth Tiger Climate Park in the Sundarbans of India in West Bengal to celebrate the International Day for the Conservation of Mangrove Ecosystems on 26 July 2021 and to honor Eric Bremley Lyngdoh who led the youth volunteers of non-violent direct action during the hill state movement in the 1960s that gave birth to the creation of Meghalaya in 1972.

 

Earth 300 Impact Talks

As we enter the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration – launched this past June 5th on World Environment Day – Earth 300 in partnership with Worldview Impact Foundation gathered together an ecosystem of global thought leaders. Ecosystems are fundamental to life on earth. The healthier they are, the healthier all living things will be. Yet our ecosystems are under threat like never before. The aim of our Earth 300 Impact Talks is to discuss how to prevent, halt and reverse the degradation of ecosystems on every continent and in every ocean. It requires a multidisciplinary approach. An approach that allows us to see the interconnectivity of everything on earth. It’s why we brought all the stakeholders together – scientists, government officials and the private sector, activists, artists and provocateurs – in a lively virtual format with talks and Q&A sessions. It kicked off at 5pm Singapore Standard time on 17 July 2021 with 500 participants from all over the world.

 

Summer Academy on Climate, Land and Security 2021

Both Worldview Impact Foundation and Earthbanc presented their climate change project at the Summer Academy from 26 to 31 July 2021. The climate and environmental crises pose multiple and increasing risks, notably to human security. Inter-disciplinary solutions are necessary to meet the scale of the challenges. Collaboration across traditional boundaries – discipline, sector, ethnicity, nation state and more – will be necessary to implement them.

 

The Summer Academy is designed for people interested in exploring solutions at the nexus of land, security and climate change. It is for people to develop the skills of collaboration and trustbuilding to implement these solutions and benefit from joining a network of problem solvers who share a core vision and set of values – and who can draw on each other’s strengths in the future.

 

Why land and security solutions need to be forged together to respond to the threats posed by climate change and create a more peaceful world. Conflicts over land have been a feature of human existence since time immemorial. Land confers livelihood, living space, territory, even national identity. Nearly all of humanity’s food needs depend on one hand-span of soil – yet an estimated 34 million tonnes of topsoil are lost to erosion every year. Land degradation, climate change, population pressure, conflict and poor governance can interact in reinforcing feedback loops, directly impacting the health and livelihoods of 1.5 billion people. On the other hand, there is growing evidence that integrating land restoration with community-based peacebuilding can create a virtuous cycle leading to both environmental and social recovery, and contributing to climate change adaptation and mitigation. The constraint to implementing this approach often lies in weak intersectoral co-operation and the need to build trust for the governance of shared natural resources.

 

Learning objectives are deeper understanding of the main challenges in the nexus between land restoration, climate change mitigation and adaptation, human security, migration and conflict; Enhanced analysis of the strengths and limitations of existing responses and increased ability to articulate more effective alternatives; Increased capacity to respond more effectively to climate, land and security challenges as policy makers and practitioners; Improved dialogue and online teamwork skills (using the Claned Learning Platform and Zoom) Exchange views among peers and global experts and practitioners from the Summer Academy, the Caux Dialogue on Environment and Security and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy.

 

This course targeted an audience of 50 people who are environment and security professionals from public and private sectors: civil servants researchers diplomats military private sector representatives community leaders NGOs International organisations to create the global cooperation that will be required to respond to the climate, land and security challenges of the 21st century!

 

SixtyEight Art Institute in Action

SixtyEight Art Institute is a non-profit, independent organisation for contemporary art located in central Copenhagen. Its exhibitions, events and public programmes represent Nordic, European, and International artists and curators, and endeavour to develop a ‘Danish internationalism’ through which artistic and curatorial research projects can respond to and address international debates and discourses. The Institute supports cross-regional and cross-institutional models for knowledge and resource-sharing, to help advance the role of the arts and their intersection with science, literature and philosophy. The current exhibition programme, Memoirs of Saturn, seeks to investigate how we can re-imagine the term ‘prosperity’ as a common value, which we have the chance to develop through art, in and with nature.

 

CasermArcheologica in Action

CasermArcheologica is a non-profit cultural association, contemporary art exhibition space, as well as a path of urban regeneration that is redeveloping the former Barracks in the city center of Sansepolcro, in Tuscany, where the association has its headquarters. The mission of CasermArcheologica is to design, implement and share innovative activities in different fields (arts, culture, civic and social education, environmental protection). Through a participatory approach, the activities carried out by CasermArcheologica focus on the promotion of culture, active citizenship, development creativity skills and critical thinking for the local community. In particular, the organization collaborates with local high schools involving them as promoters of social and cultural innovation. CasermArcheologica also collaborates with several organizations such as the Sansepolcro municipality, the Tuscany Region, bank foundations, corporates, artists and freelancers in the implementation of cultural and artistic activities according to specific issues.

 

In the 2018 CasermArcheologica’s project appeared in the XVI Venice Architecture Biennale, such as an example of architectures that create communities, in the Italia Pavilion curated by the architect Mario Cucinella. The association also founded and takes part of Lo Stato dei Luoghi, a national network composed of activators of places, with a mission to innovate cultural, artistic, educational and welfare practices, with the aim of combating inequalities and promoting social inclusion. The current exhibition of the artists Ilaria Margutti and Claudio Ballestracci curated by CasermArcheologica, Stati di grazia, edificio delle linfe, wants to invite viewers to turn a poetic and conciliatory gaze on the ever-changing relationship between uman and nature, which involves the senses and leads us to overturn the paradigms of our way of perceiving it.