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Center for Environment Education (CEE) and Network/outreach partner – Indian Youth Climate Network (IYCN) is organizing Thirteen edition of (Local) Conference of Youth (LCOY 13) in Ahmedabad on 12-13-14 October 2017.
All enthusiastic youth are invited to join us for the thirteenth edition of (Local) Conference of Youth – LCOY 13 India focused on climate change.
LCOY 13 India is a part of the Global Conference of Youth (COY), an annual meet of youth organized by YOUNGO (youth NGOs network) before the official climate change negotiations called United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP).
COY happens every year since 2005 in the COP host country but after the decision in 2015 local COYs are also organized in various cities enabling better representation of youth voices from different regions.
Come, learn and share your inputs/experiences with fellow participants and international youth climate communities like YOUNGO which is associated with UNFCCC.
Details
When is the conference?
12-14 October, 2017
Venue for the conference
Centre for Environment Education, Thaltej Tekra, Ahmedabad – 380054
Who can participate?
Youth from the age group 18 to 35 years from South Asian region
Who is organizing this conference?
Centre for Environment Education (CEE) with financial support from Heinrich Böll Stiftung (HBF) and Knowledge & outreach partner Indian Youth Climate Network (IYCN)
For registration (registration closes on 23 September, 2017)
Registration form  https://goo.gl/forms/nFFaREtpsvl8Wqbk1
Like us on FB page and stay updated  https://www.facebook.com/COY13India/
For any queries send us an email on localcoy.india@coy13.org
Why should you participate in this conference?
It is a youth driven conference where you get an opportunity to gain more knowledge related to climate change, a platform to showcase and share your learnings, connect with participants and contribute to global youth voices that will be shared with world leaders who will gather at Bonn, Germany in November 2017.
We are pleased to invite young enthusiastic students who are keen to learn more about climate change or are involve in some on ground actions related to environment or climate action from your university/college to participate in LCOY 13 India. For more details please find attached LCOY 13 brochure.
And also follow IYCN  for more workshops and activities on climate awareness
Website: – www.iycn.in

 

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Welcome to the Indian Youth Climate Network’s Newsletter! With this initiative, our effort is to provide a recap of news relating to climate change and environment in the month gone by. There will also be a sprinkling of interesting tidbits in the form of blogs, opinion pieces, interviews with young entrepreneurs and leaders, important knowledge resources, innovative practices, photos, etc. from time to time.

Find the August 2017 issue here.

Copyright and Editorial Policy:

IYCN doesn’t hold any copyright of content submitted by readers. The contribution should be original, and not plagiarized. In case you are referring to someone else’s work or providing direct quotes from somewhere, please provide links or references.

If you’d like to contribute to our newsletter, or provide feedback, questions, or make suggestions, please send an email to nuvodita@iycn.in

For work, collaborations or membership related enquiries, please send an email to manish@iycn.in

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Call for Interns!

The IYCN Winter Internship is here! We have two three kinds of roles this time for young and passionate people.

1. Project Intern

Urban Sparrows, a project on Environment Auditing of office spaces in Delhi and NCR, under the aegis of Indian Youth Climate Network (IYCN), calls for interns. It is an initiative of IYCN where we attempt to introduce environmental awareness in office spaces. Eco-Audit is our first step towards achieving that vision. You will helping with audit procedures in different spaces. We provide technical training to our interns to make them familiar with the detailed procedure designed by our team for conducting Eco Audit.

2. Social Media and Communications Intern

We have a number of social handles and are giving you an opportunity to help us manage our social media campaigns. As an intern, you will be designing new posts, creating a buzz around them in order to increase our social media outreach. You will also be communicating with our members, partners and experts.

3. Operations Intern

IYCN is a network of young people and youth led organizations, as a part of your role, you will be helping us with operations both at the national and regional level and will get to learn how youth organizations function and manage their operations.

You can choose to apply for a rol according to your interests and skill sets. All young people with the passion to learn something new and work for the environment are encouraged to apply! Students from all fields with sensitivity towards environment issues and dedication to learn, good communication skills would be preferred.

Internship with us:

– It would be a great learning experience for you

– You’ll be trained to undertake organizational assignments and projects

–  You will get to interact with experts and like minded people

– You get to earn an IYCN certificate

 

Application Deadline: 10th January’ 2017

Please write to us at: priya@iycn.in or manish@iycn.in.

 

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Conference of Youth’ 12
Indian Youth Climate Network (IYCN) and Centre for Environment Education (CEE) organized the twelfth Conference of Youth (COY 12) India in Ahmedabad with an objective to create awareness, facilitate dialogues and build capacity of youth across India and neighboring countries to better understand Climate Change.
The objective of local COY is to bring more youth voices to the COP. COY12 India concluded with some crucial learnings, open discussions and ‘UNFCCC Role Game’ which acted as a simulation for Climate Change negotiations. A policy brief was also prepared and sent to the global COY 12 team and then fed into COP22 in Marrakesh.
 
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By Ankan De and Supriya Singh

 

Today is supposed to be the final day at COP 21 where the countries of the world have converged to draft what is supposed to be an agreement demonstrating the commitment of the World in dealing with the challenges posed by Climate Change. But going by the ground reality at COP, we see a scenario where negotiators perceive the Paris agreement as just another agreement and not the “historic last” chance bid by humanity to safeguard its future.

There has been a disturbing trend observed at COP 21 where policy makers have consistently ignored the science which is supposed to have informed the policy making process. The negotiations have not included any clear reference to a global carbon budget forming the basis of formulation of targets or effort sharing plans. This undermines the Principal 7 of the Rio Convention (1992) which states that all countries have historic responsibilities which in turn are evaluated based on three benchmarks:

  •  1990 emission – covering a third of emissions
  •  1950 emissions – covering two-thirds of emissions
  •  1850 emissions- covering all emissions

1990 became a year of political importance when scientists were able to obtain proper knowledge of how humans were affecting Climate Change and the first talks to reduce emissions and reductions began during the same period.

The world over time has also had an awakening in terms of understanding the roles of different countries of the world in the Climate Change context and concepts such as “Climate Justice” and “Equity” are thus themes which have subsequently been explored and discussed at great lengths. The key focus of this aspect of the discussions is that all countries of the World will be affected by Climate Change and they must thus take actions to counter these impacts. However not all countries are at the same level of development, they do not have the same amount of wealth or resources and neither are they empowered with appropriate technical capacities which would enable them to deal with developing situations. It is also true that there is a historic responsibility which developed countries have towards the rest of the world with respect to emissions. Thus there ought to  be a loud call to action, especially the developed ones should rise to the occasion so that operationalization of Equity and fair shares is feasible based on the  overarching historic responsibilities and respective capacities. This approach also paints a very real picture of the world and only highlights the vast gap which exists between the developed world and the developing/least developed world. The situation thus demands progressiveness with respect to actions and we have to look at both Science and the Equity together to triangulate actions needed to close the gap. This can be realized if the countries decided to aggregate their targets in the years 2020, 2030 and 2050. So what would enable this to be achieved?

An increase in the countries Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), with appropriate scaling up of public finance as it stands. It is also important to include in the text, the means of implementation. International co-operation and collective action is not only essential but imperative to realize effective action. This can be achieved through clearly defined legal commitments in the form of financial targets and outlined technology transfer. But the inclusion of both mitigation and adaptation as well as loss and damage is equally important. All countries must scale up action for a sustainable energy transition but there are few factors impeding the progress. The rich countries are in a position where they are still emitting more than ever and their emission seem unlikely to reduce drastically. This raises the question of carbon space for poor countries that need to develop.

At the crux of INDCs and the idea of equity lies the fact that there is no Benchmark of comparing them as they are based on the principle of self-differentiation. There is thus no scope of INDCs to be defined for adaptation or finance. This thus warrants for a post implementation review process to be put in place to look at the gaps in achieving these intended targets and at the same time to also review the INDCs pre implementation to determine the adequacy.

The Climate Action Network, a strong civil society voice at the negotiations, has called for an ambition mechanism for both pre and post 2020. This necessitates stock taking of backward and forward actions in overall implementation. If a delivery mechanism is not agreed upon in the agreement it will not result in implementation. Amit Narang the Indian Representative at the United Nations shared his views as well. He stated that India is the 3rd highest emitter but her per capita emissions are very low in comparison to other countries. Even In 2030, this situation is unlikely to change.

While there is a push for reduction in use of Fossil fuel based energy in India and the rest of the world, coal cannot be written off the energy chart of India and other countries. Coal isn’t an entirely India centric phenomenon. Given that the American rhetoric has been completely dominated by the fossil fuel lobby, it is ironic that the negative focus is being placed on India in spite of India presenting progressive and ambitious INDCs. If international coal use figures are anything to go by, the USA is using more fossil fuel than ever before in its history.  It is likely that the present trends will continue and the loud call for a complete shift from fossil fuel will not be answered by big emitters like the US.

While there is a large discussion on exploring the de-coupling of growth and resource consumption, we find that the Climate Change rhetoric does not adequately address the issue in the context of growth and the increase of emissions. Top consumers in India consume as much as the poorest of Americans. The coal narrative is a deliberate attempt by the US to dilute India’s ability to push for stronger action from Developed countries and to divert attention away from the finance issues emerging from the negotiations. This will allow for the US to have greater flexibility in diluting the section of the text which would address its financial commitments. There aren’t other issues and thus coal is being used to sideline India. The real need of the hour is to build a narrative which incentivizes the world to move towards renewables and away from the cancer of fossil fuel subsidies.

There is need for productive strategies instead of reactive ones. The world ought to look upon India as an opportunity and not as a threat. The larger challenge here is not to lose sight of the main aim – the survival of the human race. We can only pray that the esteemed leaders and stewards of the world recognize what is at stake here and work on a strong agreement which walks the talk.

 

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