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The UN Climate Change Learn Programme for children invites schools to take part in the 100,000 Postcards Initiative to beat a Guinness World Record


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Do you and your school want to take action for a safer climate and become part of a new Guinness World Record at the same time?

Easy – paint, draw or colour-in a postcard on which you tell the world about your climate action!

We invite all young learners from 6 to 20 years of age to produce their very own postcard. 

The UN Climate Change Learn Programme is a new initiative created by UNCC:Learn (https://www.uncclearn.org) and Harwood Education (http://harwoodeducation.com) to bring Climate Change Education to primary and secondary schools in the UK. The new Programme supports the 100,000 Postcards Initiative and calls all schools in the UK to take part on the challenge. ‘This generation of children are the first climate change generation. They are our future policy makers and our current message carriers’ says Angus Mackay, Head of the UN CC: Learn Secretariat.

The challenge

Set up by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the challenge is to beat the Guinness World Record of the largest composed postcard (https://hazu.io/deza/postcard). To achieve this feat, the Initiative counts with the support from children and youth all over the world who are sending their postcards and writing down their messages related to climate action. The intention is to mobilize immediate action to stop global warming.

Source: SDC

Location & Timing

The postcards will be exposed on 30 October 2018 on the largest glacier of the Alps located at an altitude of more than 3500 m a.s.l. in a place called ‘Top of Europe’ reachable by train and pertaining the highest post office in Europe (Jungfraujoch).

Key Message

On a surface of ice of about 50x50 m over 100’000 postcards glued on A0 posters and sealed to be weatherproof will be exposed. The key message added to be visible from high above will be:

We are the future

Give us a chance

Stop global warming 1.5°C

In such an endeavour children and young people are key players – both, as the generations that will have to live longer with tomorrow’s climate as well as driving force to achieve a climate compatible development.

Source: SDC

 

Key messages addressed to decision makers

With the intention to inform and contact important decision makers, a special ‘Youth Climate Postcard’ featuring the Guinness Record on the Aletsch glacier will be produced. Subsequently a number of key messages will be addressed in a personalized manner to Heads of States, Members of Parliaments, CEOs of large corporations. This shall include the Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. António Gutteres and the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Ms. Patricia Espinosa.

 

The goal of this sub-initiative is to further raise the voice of children and young people to compel decision makers to take immediate and relevant action to address climate change and ultimately to contribute to strengthening a global youth movement for climate change action.

 

The UK participation

Harwood Education, together with two British UN Youth Ambassador for Learning – Hannah-Jane Kenton and Phoebe de Vorms – are leading a national campaign with schools in the UK in order to collect as many postcards as possible before the deadline of September 15th. So far, 25 schools were mobilized and are actively creating their postcards. The NGO has joined efforts with UNITAR and will track some of the postcards from their conception in British schools up to Jungfrau. The initiative will be showcased in December at COP24 in Kratowice, Poland.

 

Support and Deadline

The Swiss Embassy will take care of sending the completed postcards to Switzerland. The deadline for delivering the postcards to the Swiss Embassy is 15 September 2018 at the latest. However, the earlier the better in order to make sure they will be exposed on the Aletsch glacier on 30 October 2018.

 

Postcard requirements

By sending their postcards, every young learner agrees to have their art piece exposed for the Guinness World Record and further used for non-commercial /not for profit communication purposes including subsequent events. The acknowledgement will be self-speaking as the author has to put their name on their card by default, to comply with the regulations (see below).

Format:

  • UseDIN A6 i.e. 148 mm x 105 mm cards
  • Use  solid paper of140-250 g/m2

 

The artist has to:

  • Write and/or visualize their commitment to improve the world’s climate and limit global warming to a maximum of +2°C
  • Add their name and surname 
  • Add the name of their school , location (city, village) and country

Contact and registration in the UK

For more details about the UN Climate Change Learn Programme or the participation of UK schools in the 100,000 Initiative, please contact info@harwoodeducaton.com

For more information about the 100,000 Postcards Initiative, please visit: https://hazu.io/deza/postcard

For more information about UNCC:Learn, please visit: https://www.uncclearn.org

UN Climate Change Learn: For Primary and Secondary Schools

Harwood Education has joined efforts with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) to develop and deliver an innovative Climate Change Education Programme for primary and secondary schools in the UK.

This ambitious multi-annual project will seek to develop a comprehensive package of interactive classroom materials on climate change for school teachers and children:

1) UN Climate Change Learn: Specialist E-Course for Teachers

2) UN Climate Change Learn: Interactive Teaching Programme for Children

Our mission is to teach children how to understand and live in a world affected by climate change, but without fear. We believe that it is necessary to engage children and youth in changing societal attitudes and behaviours through their schools, families, and communities.

One of the programme’s goals is to kick-start an international climate change youth dialogue that fosters direct discussion between school children around the world through the concept of ‘Climate Change Diaries’. The UN Youth Climate Dialogues-inspired documentary TV series will showcase how children around the world are coping with climate change in inspirational ways. The campaign will be promoted internationally through online channels and on social media.

 

About: UNITAR/UN CC:Learn

The One UN Climate Change Learning Partnership (UN CC:Learn) is a collaborative initiative of more than 30 multilateral organizations supporting countries to design and implement systematic, recurrent and results-oriented climate change learning. The initiative was launched at the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Change Summit. The Secretariat of UN CC:Learn is provided by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).

At the global level, the partnership supports knowledge sharing, promotes the development of common climate change learning materials, and coordinates interventions through a collaboration of UN agencies and other partners. At the national level, UN CC:Learn supports countries in developing and implementing national climate change learning strategies.

Thematic focus areas include:

  • Climate Change Science
  • Climate Finance
  • International Climate Negotiations
  • Adaptation Planning
  • Climate Change and Health
  • Climate Change and Forests
  • Climate Change Education for Children

UN CC:Learn partners work jointly on climate change learning materials that are available to everybody as a public good. Products include a series of introductory modules and a self-paced e-course that provides “everything you need to know about climate change in a nutshell”, as well as resource guides for advanced learning that direct users to specific learning materials and courses that match their learning needs.

The materials draw on the specialized expertise of global UN CC:Learn partners. In combination with UNITAR’s know-how in learning methodologies, UN CC:Learn works for instance with the World Health Organization (WHO) in the area of health and with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in the area of climate change science.


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