AfricaCO2e, it's youth section and its Leadership Development Institute & Academy has been giving courses, workshops and has been coaching several youth organisations @COP22 - Morocco. Here is the main tangible that came out of them:
Objective: COP22 wil only be a success if gvt leaders decide to reserve a % of the climate funds to youth and youth led climate actions every year for the next decades.
Adults often have vested interests in the fossil economy, many even in fossil companies. The other adults are struggling to make a living / survive. Change by adults is therefore SLOW. Too slow:
Youth on the other hand are in an age and/or situation where they have nothing to lose, they are open to interesting knowledge, they are eager to learn, to participate to be concrete and engage in sensible actions that help them in their future projects.
Formal education is education where an adult is a teacher and in a class room situation. Many schools include courses on environmental awareness / world orientation that aim directly at helping youngsters understand the world, get their priorities right, find their place in the world. They learn about pollution and what they can do: put waste in the dustbin, don't throw it in nature because you would be surprised on how long it stays in there, etc.
Non-formal education is education youth gets by participating in youth organisations: often the best teacher for a youngster is another youngster who is a little bit older or with relevant skills the other kid wants to acquire. In non-fomal education situations, youth can put in practice, the theory, what they've learned and experiment, become better at it and if experiments go wrong they don't have too devastating impacts on the youngster at hand and they can recuperate. In most cases the group corrects excessive or non-acceptable behavior. And some adolescents just listen much better to peers than to their adults. :) Other youth are very complementary to parents and at achieving results. Youth can also risk things that adults can't: maybe there is a potential loss of face when presenting too risky or too unacceptable things. Youngsters may get away with such things.
That is why - at the end of World War II - it was decided that all adult organisations create an independent youth entity: sports, nature, arts, ... . And make all these youth organisations make their members travel across countries and borders, so they can get to meet their peers from other regions who share the same interest. That way, they would make friends all over the regions and the world and in case of the outbreak of a conflict, it was hoped that these youngsters - who turn into young adults and adults after only a couple of years - would have made networks that are strong enough to act as a counter force against the negative - belligerent forces of the conflict. I have witnessed this myself at the time of the Cold War between the West and the USSR.
I was active in the federation of all Youth Environmental organisations in Europe: www.YEEnet.eu . We had members both in the West and the USSR. We organised many international trainingscourses with both young nature lovers / environmentally active youth from both Western and USSR regions. Many became friends and they had a counter balance to all the "war talk". This helped to topple e.g. the Berlin Wall and fill in the blanks after the collapse: the number of trainingscourses increased, knowledge was transferred, etc.
The budgets for these camps, trainingscourses and conferences came from the national budgets for youth in the ministries of youth and education.
It is a pitty that many of the formal structures - created in the last months and years of World War II did not survive because it left many youngsters without any support. E.g. during WWII it became clear to humanity, we didn't know much about our planet, not even our own civilization. There was no list with places NOT to bomb. Therefore www.unesco.org was created. One of the things they were set out to do is to make a list of all those NOT to bomb places: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/ - the World Heritage List. Another entity was created by UNESCO to inventorise what and how many plants and animals lived where: the International Union for the Conservation, Protection and Study of Nature - the IUCN and their IUCN Red List of Threatened Species www.iucnredlist.org .
They created a youth section: the IYF - International Youth Federation (for the Conservation, Protection and Study of Nature ). Youth Environment Europe - www.YEEnet.eu - was the European branch. The branched for Asia, Africa, Australia & Oceania, North and South America collapsed after dispute and because of not enough experience at the adult organisations on how to deal with "impolite youngsters". Now, adults know better, the world knows about non-formal education, the strengths and weaknesses and how to deal with e.g. impolite behavior better. (More: https://sites.google.com/site/yeeseniors/the-history-of-youth-environmental-organizations-from-world-war-ii-till-now).
Unfortunately these international youth branches have not been re-created yet, nor has the funding been put in place. The world needs stable youth organisations, where - through non-formal education, young people can improve themselves in a region nearby, where they can improve and formulate what they want and also how much money they need for it.
A common mistake: 99% of youngsters don't want to be the president of a youth organisation, so we have to cherish those who do like this
Let me illustrate this. Most youngsters want to play sports, play music, go into nature. They don't want to be in charge of the organisation because they you have to spend time drafting budgets, filling out forms, going to international meetings, etc. The more you get into that, the less you will actually play sports, play music, go into nature.
Youth - as defined by the United Nations - is the age group of 15 to 25. Before that you're classified as youngsters and kids and the age of 20 to 35 is defined as young adults. It is only as youngsters get involved in youth organisations, and see what older youngsters are doing there, and capable of seeing, meeting, talking to those in charge of the formal organisation that youngsters start deciding if that is something they actually would like taking over and doing themselves or rather stick to the results of the organisation and play sports, play music, go into nature. These youth organisations are the breeding grounds for happiness, but also for sports talents and also future managers of cabinets of ministers, public institutions, companies or ministers and CEO's. In Youth organisations, Youngsters are given a place and budget to find out what they want to do in the next couple of 5-10 years, maybe even find a life long vocation, experiment, make mistakes, improve, excel.
Adults must give youngsters a yearly budget for the next decades to establish stable youth organisation, so that youngsters can fulfill their role of vectors of change in society to the fullest
If I may apply it to Climate Change and Nature Conservation. I often see slogans "Youth, it is our Future". So then, where is Youth's money? Climate Change, an Adults Problem, Youth has to solve it? Without the proper structures, space like offices, workshops and playgrounds, without budget? Let's be real.
Youth will experience the negative impacts. The quick changes in societies' behavior? Adults can't turn the ship fast enough. It is all hands on deck: adults can's solve this one, they need youth as vectors of fast change in society. Let me give you an example: how many parents have learned how to use a smart phone or - that you can put apps - or that there is a calendar and an address book in a smart phone? Play grounds are true laboratories where youngsters exchange info. One has found out this, another something else, you see them swarm around those who discovered something of interest and in a minimum of time, all kids who are interested have the info and then the magic happens: they take that knowledge and skills back home and share it with their parents and other members of the family. That is how fast change happens thanks to youngsters and youth. In a matter of weeks, months, they share relevant knowledge with their parents and family and thus bring about change, not only in their families but - as you add-up all these families - they bring about change in society. So youth, non-formal education, youth organisations are worthy of a budget, offices/playgrounds/ workshops, where they can do their thing as it brings about the required changes to society in a quick and efficient way.
How to get the message out that - in order to have quick changes e.g. to solve the climate change issue - governments/adult organisations should give youngsters a yearly budget for the next decades to establish stable youth organisation, so that youngsters can fulfill their role of vectors of change in society to the fullest
Develop a tangible, make your wish visual so the press can take pictures of your claim. "A picture says more than a 1000 words." That's why we've developed a document that youth leaders can wave with / can show the press to support their claim. Here is the document:
And here is how it is used in the media / here in twitter:
If you think we are concrete and efficient and for more info or hiring us as coaches: contact us. :)
Sincerely, Sven AERTS - 20161109.
18th of June 2015 - Live Earth Event with hundreds of artists, hundreds of celebrities, +1 billion people will join to call for Climate Action. Are you with me to be ONE?
18th of June 2015
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Are you with me to act as one?
Brussels launch Davos #LiveEarth 18th of June 2015 #EYD2015 #Action2015 – Fighting poverty, inequality & climate change & #Road2Paris #RoadToParis
AfricaCO2e and the EU Diaspora Leadership Development Institute launches 1CO2e coin to fundraise for green eSchool deployments s.a. OLPC and link up with the 2015-25 UN Decennium for People of African descent and integrating their projects
Thank you for reading this page.
Herewith, we also launch an expression of interest to set-up a structure that is going to manage a fund and organization that is going to generate and manage the CO2e certificates from green eSchool deployments and an investment fund for these purposes.
If you are interested in taking a seat around the table of the group who is going to organize this and provide the start-up capital, please contact us.
Photo: Al Gore promotes the OLPC as way to adapt to the GlobalClimate Destabilisation @Davos during the World Economic Forum. More: http://www.weforum.org/sessions/summary/whats-next-climate-action
AfricaCO2e and the Diaspora Leadership Development Institute launches 1CO2e financing for green eSchool deployments s.a. OLPC
Team Building event: “2014-2019 Strategic Management & Leadership Development Workshop on the Flagship events of 2014 to 2019, you simply HAVE to know about, and ... do they impact your strategic plan?”
What are flagship events?
The main events and strategic lines set out by representatives of your sector, in collaboration with the UN, EU and similar in the BRICS countries, World Expo’s, etc. Events & themes that will be hot for your sector in 2014 and the years after.
This year, AfricaCO2e.org was talking about:
1. promoting capitalizing the EU diaspora to go get CO2e certificate generating projects in their countries of origin together with EU companies and governments
2. as active members in the EU OLPC - Une Ecole Par Enfant community, we were talking on how to get the kick-start finance from the CO2e certificates these projects generate and the additional tax revenues from an ICT literate and equipped population, both which can be used to obtain a loan from a development bank for a full deployment
3. Sale of framed drawings of our Objectif Brousse - Wild School kids
Our teams continue stressing this during
- the EU Greenweek - this year's theme : A Cleaner Air for all
- the EU Sustainable Energy Week
- the preparatory meetings for the EU Development Days
- the Assises sur la Cooperation Belge au Palais d'Egmont - Bruxelles
Many contacts have been established and dedicated teams follow-up these contacts to see where and how to collaborate, to obtain results most efficiently, what budgets and time requirements are necessary, etc.
Les membres d'AfricaCO2e ont accès à tout ces informations.
Friday and Saturday, december 2 and 3, 2011 - European Parliament, Brussels:
"The value Diaspora Woman (of African Descent) add to the European Union"
The day was a day of celebration, to honor all those diaspora woman that invest some of their time - a whole year long - to add value to the European Union and their countries of origin.
AfricaCO2e.org sent out Mr. Sven AERTS - as a representative of the White Caucasian community - to bring the true story of Ms. Bambara Brigitte LABDIEDO from Togo who became a millionaire.
In 2007, her son Damtaré LABDIEDO - ProWAM.tk - met our Sven AERTS on a strange story on a Jatropha-biofuel fruit forest. Ms. Bambara Brigitte LABDIEDO was a primary school teacher in the North of Togo. She used her teaching logic with the orphans and street kids in her village: they could get a sandwich, but only in exchange for doing something good. In return for the food, she asked the kids to bring her some particular seeds. Together they planted the seeds and some months later they all went to the villagers with their 1m high plants asking them if they'd be interested in planting them around their garden as a fence. Most agreed.
The story spread quickly and one village after the other turned into a lush, green prospering safe haven.Damtaré - the son - had studied in Europe and heard of the engagements the EU had imposed on themselves to mix biodiesel into their fossil fuel diesel. So Damtaré made sure Jatropha - a biofuel tree - was planted.
The seedling nursery turned into a professional entity and 2 years later, over 2.700.000 trees had been planted. Together with our Sven AERTS, they wrote all above in a financial and business plan to accompany the efforts made in the field. The not-for profit was turned into a cooperative where the villagers=farmers could pool together resources and the crops they harvested. They calculated the additional revenues from CO2e-certificates:
2.700.000 trees x 5 tons of CO2e captured/tree (CO2e captured out of the atmosphere and turned into trunk, leaves and root system, say every tree ways 5 tons) x 20 €/CO2e certificate - 2.700.000 trees x 100 € = 270.000.000 €.
The villages - represented by the cooperative - will get an unbelievable 270.000.000 € injected into their economies over the next 7 to 21 years on top of the selling of their biodiesel. This lead to a bank to okay 80% of the money for starting up the cooperative and soon some private people, each investing a 100 €, 500 €, 1000 €, 10.000 € into the cooperative brought together that start-up capital in return for some interest.
Ms Bambara LABDIEDO holds some 30% of the shares. The rest begin distributed over the families that work in the cooperative. 30% of 270 million € ?
Want to become a millionaire? Take a diaspora woman serious !
Post scriptum about the picture above: In the moment of this smile of triumph with the first harvest and seeing the villagers embrace those street kids and orphans, you see the world being lifted into a better place. Interacting with these orphans, made me a better person and they lifted me into that better place. I felt it. I hope one day you will be able to visit this place. I'm sure you'll feel it too.
We have pleasure inviting you in the sublime surroundings of the
at the occasion of the Day of tribute to the creative genius of Africans.
Sunday, december 11th 2011 - from 13h.
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