Interviews with one of the Egyptian Climate Ambassadors about the project:
Interviews with two of the Jordanian Innovation Cup winners about their projects:
Some people find it rather impossible to depend on Arab Countries in the UNFCCC negotiations, especially that amongst those very countries are oil and natural gas exporters, and the top emitters per capita. Surprisingly though, approaching the end of the first week of negotiations, and while Australia pledges an “embarrassing” -as referred to by Australian activists- 0.5% decrease in emissions, and while the US continues to try to block the negotiations in any way possible, the UAE announced that they’ll be producing 100 MW of concentrating solar power (CSP), and they are preparing the next 100 MW tranche which will be solar Photovoltaics (PV). That announcement was rather a surprise to negotiators on one hand and civil society on the other. It’s highly expected that a chain reaction of some sort will take place in the second week, especially amongst the Arab countries, which is a valid point but other things need to be taken into consideration. While some of the countries are trying to mitigate, a negotiator from Saudi Arabia, which is THE highest emitter worldwide and an oil exporter said that Climate Change is “a merely Economical and Political issue” which might sound like an innocent statement to the naked eye, but it’s a very dangerous statement, not only does it deny all the Climatic catastrophes taking place right now, it also denies all the scientific evidence that Climate Change is the epidemic of this era. Also, an Egyptian negotiator talked about the obstacles that face Egypt and other Arab countries that would make it difficult for those countries to take mitigation actions against climate change, and it’s valid on some level that many countries in the Arab region are going through difficult economic and political conditions, but that raises the question, why didn’t those countries take any actions before they went through those unstable conditions? Or is it just another excuse for countries that have caved in to the power of oil?
Between promises, statements and endless sessions, the vision stays hazy and unclear to a lot of people and the painful reality stays the same, the decisions that are being made right now are too little and too late, even if positive. It’s going to be very hard for us to undo the damage that we have done so farm and it’s going to be impossible for us to make this world livable for future generations if we do not start acting this very instant because we, have created a time bomb.
A very integrated phenomenon in the Jordanian society is wasta, also known as Vitamin W. Wasta – it’s an advantage when navigating through life in Jordan. One benefits from it when; getting a job, promotion, driving too fast, going to sights, during education, getting scholarships, discounts and much more. A definition could be: a fraudulent action of those in power – similar definition when defining corruption. (more…)
I just got back home after two amazing days in Dana for national climate ambassadors training, the two days training was great, full of energy, hot topics, Jordan environment challenges and creative idea.
In the first day when I have meet the participant most of them they were guys! I was worried about it as it’s so hard to make guys setting and listing! But the opposite happen and they were so interested to get the knowledge, discuss, share ideas, ready to apply project action and hit the ground!
During the training we have discussed Jordan most environment challenges which are: waste, energy and water scarcity. Then we have presented theory and knowledge about campaigning, this was helpful for the participant to think about campaigning idea to solve Jordan challenges.
In the second we have talked about the Innovation cup, where there is going to be competition between participant to get 1000$ as prize to start apply their own project. In order to plan for the Innovation cup, participant got the knowledge about the innovation, brain storming about ideas, categories the projects and then planning for the project. The participants come up with 5 projects and four of them were match the C SMART criteria.
The overall experience was very good as the feedback from the participant was good and I have notice that they starts seriously about the environment challenges, their life style of consuming and their behaviors. The hope always exists and I am sure that youth in Jordan are smart and can protect their country and do an action!
Every time I participated in training as participant but this time I was as facilitator, it was a very good experience for me as I have got the chance to see things from different angel, as I could see the energy in the participant and this make me more insist to continue what I have started from last 5 years ago by get people attention and flashing the environment challenges, In addition appreciate every the environment around us! Can’t wait for the Innovation Cup and see what kind of successful project the participant will present
The cultural experiences of Danish Climate Ambassadors traveling to the Middle-East.
Take 20 newly educated climate ambassadors; put them together in a room with a laptop, a data show and a white board, and within minutes you will have a highly engaged discussion going on! This was what happened Friday 3rd June 2011 when we gathered 20 of our national climate ambassadors at MS ActionAid’s facilities in Amman to share achievements and experiences from the first month of their lives as climate ambassadors. Several of the ambassadors had been very active and they were more than eager to tell about their accomplishments. Among the activities they had conducted were environmental lectures at schools, plant-a-tree events and a theatre play about youth leadership and environment. The young Jordanians are so creative!
Several times during the meeting I was thinking that our presence as facilitators was superfluous – the national climate ambassadors were conducting the meeting just great without us! They were sharing experiences and giving each other tips and advices on how to overcome the challenges they are facing as ambassadors for the environment. Moreover, they were very eager in getting engaged with campaign activities – and I am really looking forward to see what they have of brilliant ideas! The best part of the day was experiencing the spirit of the group – they are really supporting each other and doing a great job in their society. So come along and take part in the wave of active environmental citizenship!
It has only been two weeks since a new team of Jordanian youth climate ambassadors saw the light of day. Yet they are already busy spreading the word of climate change and sustainable environmental practices. The group consists of energetic youth from all over Jordan eager to make a difference in their local communities and in society in general. We had a great course with talks by German Anselm Ibing (Abu Saleem) who was sharing his knowledge on Jordan’s main environmental challenges focussing on water scarcity, Rula Asir who talked about transforming green knowledge into action, Ahmad Alzghoul who taught the group about advocacy, and Dr. Ayyoub Abu Dayeh who was sharing his solutions to climate change and environmental challenges focussing on energy. We would like to thank all of you for these contributions – we couldn’t have made it without you! Moreover, we would like to thank all the participants for your engagement in the project and the enthusiasm you came to the course with. You are the reason it became an incredible weekend.
As part of the course, the participants were asked to plan their own environmental training programme, where they go out to schools and institutions and spread the message of environmental challenges and acts of change. Many interesting ideas were developed and we are now exited to see these ideas come into action. In two weeks we will gather the group again to an informal talk on achievements, challenges and further idea sharing. Based on this, we will gather the group once more to develop the environmental and climate change knowledge base as well as the advocacy and communicative skills of the group.
I am really looking forward to see what Jordan’s new climate ambassadors have achieved! You can be the change you want to see in Jordan!