YMCA releases six ‘Youth-Led Solutions’ climate action films
In January and February 2022, six films featuring YMCA youth-led solutions on climate action are being released every Thursday at 4pm CET (Geneva) on World YMCA’s YouTube Channel. The films made up the November 2021 documentary ‘Creating Youth-Led Solutions’.
Initially premiered for audiences at the COP 26 climate conference held in Glasgow, Scotland, in November 2021, the stories demonstrate the ideas, initiatives and young leaders who created solutions to address the climate crisis in their communities. All six projects received initial seed funding from YMCA’s Youth-Led Solutions Initiative, following its inaugural Youth Led Solutions Summit on climate action in October 2019.
Commissioned by YMCA Scotland, and funded by YMCA of the USA, the series showcases the impact that is being made on every continent. In total, 35 projects received seed funding, working with and impacting more than 38,000 people to date. A further $160,000 was announced to fund solutions on climate action at COP 26, with application now open for the submission of project ideas – whether continuing existing initiatives or launching new ones.
Find out more about each of the films below.
🏫 6 January launch – C.A.R.E for Climate (Albay, Philippines/Ann Arbor, USA)
See how young leaders in Albay, Philippines and Ann Arbor, USA collaborated throughout the pandemic to train cohorts of Eco-Leaders, who in turn designed their own local solutions and innovations.
🌳13 January launch – #TeamTrees (Kosovo)
Inspired by prolific YouTube sensation Mr Beast, young staff at YMCA Kosovo developed a sustainable approach to increasing tree planting to offset deforestation in the Western Balkan Forests which are declining annually by 4.3%.
🪱20 January launch – Global Worming/E-Waste Recycling (Hawai’i, USA)
Having been inspired initially by the stories heard at the YMCA 175 global changemakers event in London in 2019, this team in Hawai’i has been taking on food and electronic waste by installing vermicomposting (earthworm digestion) units and running e-waste collection drives.
🪴27 January launch – BrinGreen (East Jerusalem)
Young leaders have supported hundreds of people in East Jerusalem, Palestine with their own home growing kits which are designed for even the smallest of spaces. The kits include a seed pack, soil and an instruction booklet with recipes that can be used after harvesting.
🚻 3 February launch – Sumaq Muru (Peru)
Using innovation and plastic bottles to bring dignified community sanitary spaces to communities without access to drainage, water and hygienic facilities, an inspiring group of young leaders in Lima and Arequipa, in Peru, founded ‘Sumaq Muru’.
🏫 10 February launch – Y Climate Change (Ndola, Zambia)
The team at YMCA Ndola, Zambia, is transforming the way that students, parents and school communities think about paper and plastic waste. They do so by creating art pieces, ornaments and models from recycled waste, demonstrating how to reuse, recycle and repurpose waste in creative ways, as well as how to earn a living.