Case study: Indian Youth Climate Network

by Kine Nordstokka on Wed, 2011-02-23 12:58
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Name: Indian Youth Climate Network
Website: www.iycn.in
Location: India
Date Founded: 2008
Mission: Generate awareness about and establish consensus on what role India should play in the global debate of climate change, and how it should address its domestic issues.

 

Background

The Indian Youth Climate Network (IYCN) is a network uniting Indian youth and youth oriented organisations who are concerned about climate change and environmental issues. Since it was founded in 2008 it has grown rapidly and has today offices in six locations, with sub groups in 18 different states reaching out to thousands of youth in colleges, schools, corporations and institutions.

Aims and Strategies

IYCN works on three levels- as a network of people, as a network of partners and support- groups, and as a provider of services and projects. By working in this way the organisation is able to do a wide range of activities to achieve its aims of generating awareness about and establish consensus on what role India should play in the global debate on climate change. IYCN also addresses national issues related to the environment and climate change. The three strategies IYCN uses to achieve this are awareness campaigns, policy advocacy and results oriented projects. Through these three platforms IYCN organises a range of different activities such as Youth summits and solutions fairs, Environmental Audits for corporations, ongoing campaigns, policy tracking, advisory work and giving young people a voice in the international climate change debate by sending youth delegations to international conventions.

Key Ingredients and Innovations

IYCN is educating young people on environmental issues. On its website young people can access documents, news, webcasts and information to learn more about the effects of climate change and what they can do in their day-to-day life to make a positive impact on the environment.

The campaigns are focused on the three areas of clean energy, water conservation and waste management. The campaigns enable the young people to get involved, come up with own ideas of how to generate awareness and to influence policy on these issues.

IYCN organises several programmes and projects which empowers young people to make a difference on environmental issues. One of these programmes is the Eco- Audit Programme, enabling young people to audit resource consumption of businesses and make recommendations on how to reduce the use of resources and costs. A re-audit is done six months later to assess the improvements made from the time of previous audit. Auditors are trained by Environmental Resources Management, a worldwide environmental consulting company.

One of the flagship programmes of IYCN is Indian Youth Delegation to COPs. It was created to give the Indian youth a voice to in international climate change negotiations. This is done by sending youth delegations to the United Nations Climate Change Conferences. IYCN also organises its own events, amongst them are the Indian Youth Summit where young people can come together and connect with each other, support each others initiatives and discuss environmental issues. Green solutions is a solutions fair also organised by IYNC which provides a platform for government, businesses, the civil society and young people to meet and discuss innovative solutions to the environmental challenges of today.

The Great Power Race is a clean energy competition between students in India, China and the US. Registered teams are implementing climate and clean energy solution projects to earn points. The teams earning the most points will enter a final judging round where the winning team is picked.

Beej is another programme organised by IYCN to increase the tree cover of India. By organising planting activities IYCN is encouraging individuals, NGOs and businesses to not only plant a tree, but also take care of it until it is mature enough to sustain itself.

The Rural Climate Fellow Project involves training of five women to travel to 30 villages untouched by urbanisation to spread information on climate change and its impact on their livelihood.  The aim of the project is to enable village residents to use this information together with government schemes and infrastructure to solve the issues they are facing.

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