A Pan-European campaign to build a better future for climate-induced migrants, the human face of climate change

 

Project Fact Sheet

Duration: 40 months
Start date: 15 January 2020
Countries: 13 + 10 EU Member States
Case study Countries: Senegal, Ethiopia, Cambodia, Guatemala
Budget: € 10,252,681 Total (90% EU contribution)
Website: https://climateofchange.info

 

Main Results and Activities

R1. Evidence-based narrative developed on climate change impacts as one key driver for migration, highlighting the interconnection to the current development model, our economic system and our own lifestyle.

  • 4 Case Studies in Senegal, Ethiopia, Cambodia, Guatemala on climate change-induced migration.
  • 1 Comparative survey among 23 EU Member States on the knowledge of the nexus between migration, climate change and the current economic model among EU citizens aged 16-35.
  • 1 Report on Human Economy: policy proposals to foster socially and ecologically fair production and distribution of goods and services.
  • Trainings/workshops of stakeholders and multipliers on evidence-based findings and the nexus between migration, climate change and the current economic model.
  • Evidence-based findings dissemination through online and offline tools.

R2. Young people are made aware of their role and responsibilities on human-induced climate change root causes and its consequences in terms of forced displacement and irregular migration.

  • Preparatory work, trainings and organization of local and national debates in schools and universities.
  • Final Pan-European Debate Contest in Brussels and event at EU Parliament.
  • Field trips of debate finalists and influencers in case study countries and shooting of a web-series for the communication campaign.
  • Youth Association Mobilisation through financial support to third parties to multiply impact of the campaign.

R3. A focused, strategic, participatory and innovative Pan-European communication campaign carried out in the whole EU and particularly in 23 MS inlcuding Southern and Eastern Europe.

  • Coordinated online and offline communication activities (i.e. spots, social experiments, contests) to target youth (16-35 years).
  • A Pan-European Street Action Tour: performative arts and innovation technology to raise awareness on climate change-induced migration in the main squares of European Cities.
  • TedX talks in Bologna, Brussels, Nicosia and Vienna.
  • Sub-granting to run the campaign in +10 EU Member States and multiply impact of the campaign.

R4. Youth actively involved in advocacy actions calling for a more sustainable model including climate change mitigation measures and specific protection schemes for climate migrants.

  • Youth delegations at milestone events e.g. PreCOP, YouthCOP, COP26.
  • Advocacy work towards: EU Presidency countries; European Coalition of Cities Against Racism (ECCAR) Assembly, UN, cities and local governments, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and policy-makers.
  • Spokesperson tours from case study countries at main advocacy events.
  • 1 Petition with youth ambassadors.

 

The Pan-European Campaign

The long-term goal of the #ClimateOfChange Communication Campaign is to reach young EU citizens and provide them with the tools to become the protagonists of a Pan-European movement. A movement of informed and aware people ready to undergo a behavioural change towards a sustainable and responsible life-style. A movement aiming to contrast the effects of climate change and support development policies to address global warming, recognising the latter as a main driver of migration and forced displacement of populations.

The communication campaign will underline how a behavioural change is necessary to improve the living conditions of citizens, especially of youth asking for a better future at European and global level. Nevertheless, the underlying idea guiding all efforts to reach this goal is that working towards contrasting Climate Change will not become a realistic objective only through a change in individual behaviour but that a joint effort of active citizens, decision-makers and policies is necessary. The mainstreaming of environmental and migration issues in all aspects of society and the involvement of new actors working towards sustainability play a key role in reaching the campaign’s long-term goal.

 

16 Partners

 

10 Associates

  • A.C.A.B.A.S – Italy
  • Alleanza Italiana per lo sviluppo sostenibile (ASviS) – Italy
  • Associazione Noi del Tosi – Italy
  • Austrian National Youth Council (ÖJV) – Austria
  • Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar – Senegal
  • Fairtrade Polska – Poland
  • Mekelle University – Ethiopia
  • Municipality of Milan – Italy
  • National Youth Network (bOJA) – Austria
  • Polish Council of Youth Organisations (PROM) – Poland

 

„End Climate Change, Start Climate of Change #ClimateOfChange. A Pan-European campaign to build a better future for climate-induced migrants, the human face of climate change” Project is funded by the European Union under the DEAR programme.

These publications were produced with the financial support of the European Union. Theirs contents are the sole responsibility of BEPF and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.

 

 

 

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