According to the World Wildlife Fund Denmark is in the top 5 countries consuming the most of Earth’s natural resources compared to the amount of renewable resources used. [Link]
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!
First of all group work is about understanding that a group is like a living organism. An organism which consists of different organs – let’s call them group members – which perform different functions. If one of the organs is not working or completely missing, the organism will be ill and in worst cases die. This of course places a lot of responsibility on the shoulders of the organs. Responsibility to take the initiative to suggest assignments, responsibility to take assignments, and responsibility to let others get assignments. This requires a clear vision of the function and responsibilities in the organism. Ideally all organs are functioning flawlessly all the time, but with organs as with group members, this is not always the case. This means that another organ must take over the functions of the ill or absent organ for a while, like a standby assistant ready to take over in a crucial moment. This again requires an open and flexible structure of the organism. To avoid that the body – let’s call it the project – goes on hold in the absence or illness of an organ, the organs must continuously stay in close touch about the progress and functioning of the body and keep each other updated about status on different assignments. This requires a lot of work and a lot of time. And it requires a lot of work with the organism. There must be time to discuss the health of the organism and here openness is key; worries and frustrations must be put forward and openly debated. This can of course lead to conflict and crisis within the organism, but as we all know: crisis s just another word for opportunity. Opportunity to change and to perform better in the future.
I thank you for this opportunity to occupy your minds for a while and wish you a dynamic and fruitful group work!
Our training course for the Jordanian national youth climate ambassadors is just around the corner – and I am so exited!! The last weeks the preparations have intensified and the frame of the course is now ready to be filled out with the content of 25 exited and enthusiastic youth climate ambassadors in spe.
It is amazing to think of the fact, that two months back this project was hardly a faint idea. Now we are almost ready to launch it, and our minds and brain are buzzing with activity to get all the final tasks in place. I am really looking forwards to see how it’s al going to end up and what reactions we will get from our participants. I hope they will leave their mini course with the same wonderful experience as we had in Krogerup!
Youth from Egypt and Jordan discuss the revolution wave in the Middle East.
The participants from Egypt and Jordan are all youth leaders and work with the organization of youth and social change in their communities. They are in Denmark with young Danes to undergo training as climate ambassadors in collaboration with Crossing Borders, the Green Think Tank CONCITO, Wadi Environmental Science Centre in Egypt and Masar Center in Jordan.