‘YOUTH CLIMATE REPORT’ AND ‘IDEAS FOR US’ PARTNER FOR UN CLIMATE SUMMIT IN PARIS 2015

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TORONTO, Canada – The not-for-profit, crowd-sourced documentary film series Youth Climate Report (YCR) and the US-based non-profit organization and accredited NGO of the United Nations, IDEAS For Us (IDEAS) announced today that they will partner in the lead-up to the expected new climate change convention (to replace the Kyoto Protocol) planned by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to be announced in Paris in December, 2015.

YCR presents its film series, in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme, to delegates and negotiators at UN conferences (COP17 in Durban, COP18 in Doha, COP19 in Warsaw and Rio+20 in Rio de Janeiro). The films focus on the latest climate research from around the world as reported by youth. Student reporters worldwide are recruited to conduct videotape interviews with local climate researchers, scientists and professors to provide a comprehensive film report of recent findings and work being done on international climate change adaptation and mitigation.

In December, 2013, YCR connected with IDEAS in an effort to increase youth participation and awareness for COP21, Paris, 2015. Since its inception in 2008, IDEAS has transformed from a student organization into a global movement of youth leaders, green professionals, environmental educators, community organizers, and business leaders committed to finding solutions to a sustainable world. Today, IDEAS For Us is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and United Nations-accredited NGO working with youth at universities and K-12 schools to turn eco-ideas into solutions that will solve pressing environmental crises threatening the sustainability of the planet.

“YCR as an ongoing film project has two goals,” said YCR founder and executive producer John Kelly. “It provides UN delegates clear and concise video reports of the world’s most current climate research and it engages a new generation of environmentalists to actively participate in the international policy process. Our reports for COP20 in Lima and for COP21 in Paris will focus on ethical issues around climate change and energy use.

“Our youth reporters in dozens of countries across Africa and Asia have enthusiastically embraced the opportunity to engage in truly meaningful dialogue with researchers and to videotape those conversations so that others may learn from them,” Kelly added. “We are excited to bring this work to US schools and campuses with the assistance of IDEAS. And we look forward to introducing the amazing work of IDEAS to our reporters and their colleagues on university, college and school campuses in the Global South.”

“Harnessing the active involvement of youth represents an effective strategy to achieving better, and more inclusive outcomes in the UN decision-making process,” says Chris Castro, co-founder of IDEAS. “We believe this partnership with YCR will open up opportunities for youth leaders around the world to engage in the international policy process, and have their voices, beliefs, and view seriously considered.”

To launch the partnership, the organizations will publish a Student Guide that will provide students with information and instructions on how to be involved and have their voices heard at upcoming United Nations climate change events and conferences.

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For more information about Youth Climate Report: www.youthclimatereport.org.

YOUTH CLIMATE REPORT: John Kelly, Founder. Tel: 416-738-9260

Email: [email protected]

For more information about IDEAS: http://www.ideasforus.org

IDEAS FOR US: Christopher Stampar, International Director. 

Email: [email protected]

 

BACKGROUNDER:

Neko Harbour Entertainment, Inc. (NHE): NHE is a Canadian film production company that produces documentaries aimed at promoting climate literacy throughout the world. Its partnership with UNEP brings the latest scientific research directly to international policy-makers in accessible film and multimedia formats.

 

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP): UNEP, established in 1972, is the voice for the environment within the United Nations system. UNEP acts as a catalyst, advocate, educator and facilitator to promote the wise use and sustainable development of the global environment. To accomplish this, UNEP works with a wide range of partners, including United Nations entities, international organizations, national governments, non-governmental organizations, the private sector and civil society.

 

IDEAS (Intellectual Decisions on Environmental Awareness Solutions): IDEAS FOR US is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and accredited NGO by the United Nations, helping to advance sustainability & environmental awareness through youth-led action. IDEAS help nurture the talents of youth leaders to drive solutions and implement sustainability programs and initiatives on campuses and across communities around the World.

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