CEC in 2009: Learning and Communication on Climate Change

22 December 2009 | News story

CEC members carried out a wide variety of activities related to climate change. They sent out the message via photographs, film, video, books and school materials. They shared skills through training to build professional capacity, workshops and seminars.

This annual report is being written during the biggest news event of the year for anyone concerned about climate change: the United Nations Climate Change Conference, 7-18 December 2009, Copenhagen.

International organizations such as the IUCN play a crucial role in promoting and supporting community resilience in the face of climate change, wrote CEC member Brad Smith with Rebekah Green in a CEC newsletter editorial. Especially important is the work of defining and promoting the integration of disaster reduction, ecosystem protection and management, and community livelihood development at the national, regional, and community level.

Training

  • The CEC Chair provided input on a climate change curriculum for Jeju, Korea training centre.
  • The Commission sponsored a workshop “Empowering public participation in informed decision-making” at the conference for FAO Agricultural Biotechnologies in Developing Countries.
  • CEC member Dr. Jini Dela provided technical support to the 18th APFEJ World Congress of Environmental Journalists in October in Sri Lanka, on the theme “Educate to End Climate Poverty”. The event was organized by CEC member Dharman Wickremaratne.

Forum

  • The Commission sponsored the Culture and Nature Forum held within the Guadalajara International Book Fair, on the effects of climate change on human and animal health, with researchers from the University of Guadalajara, UCLA, the National Autonomous University of Mexico, the Autonomous University of Zacatecas and the Mexican Health Ministry. The Forum was organized by CEC members Arturo Curiel and Guadalupe Garjbay.

Visual communications

  • CEC member Gary Braasch’s photo book won accolades and a 70-foot-high photo by Braasch backed Al Gore in a speech. “Earth Under Fire: How Global Warming is Changing the World” was chosen one of the 50 Best Environmental Books and Media by Vanity Fair magazine and featured on Bloomberg News. Braasch also co-produced a children’s book and an exhibit the American Museum of Natural History.
  • CEC member Harriet Nimmo of Wildscreen inspired audience in India and Sri Lanka with conservation messages when her organization screened a series of award-winning films on climate change in these countries, accompanied by a team of wildlife filmmakers and industry experts.
  • CEC member Mirian Vilela invited members to view her organization’s new video, which was produced by Earth Charter for the You Tube/ CNN competition “Raise your voice: change climate change!”
  • CEC member John Francis directed members to view an example of how conservation groups can use video, with a link to a local citizen’s group that sought action on climate change.

Books and articles

  • CEC member Hernán Sorhuet published a book on climate change, “El Clima Cambió. ¿Hacia dónde vamos?” Se presentó en la Feria del Libro de Buenos Aires (2009), un libro sobre el cambio climático dirigido a los niños y jóvenes.
  • CEC Steering Committee members throughout the year asked members to consider climate change in light of research on human behaviour, drawing attention to a report by the American Psychological Association and an essay on the ‘green brain’.

Social networking

  • IUCN’s Lizzie Crudgington invited CEC members to use a social networking tool to engage in the climate change conference, offered by the Survival Academy programme.

Simulations

  • CEC member Dominic Stucker recommended four simulation models on climate change, including C-ROADS and the Climate Scoreboard widget, which instantaneously show negotiators, practitioners, and students the likely impacts of policy proposals. Simulations are useful tools for awareness-raising and advocacy efforts on climate change.

School materials

  • CEC member James Forte produced education materials on climate change and the Arctic Ocean, based on the real-life experiences of three polar explorers, free for parents and teachers.

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