#Decarbonize #Decolonize COP23 Paper

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Prologue This paper is a result of work done by over 1300 students from 17 countries, in partnership with The Centre for Global Education, Polar Bears International, University of Alberta Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, TakingITGlobal, and the Vancouver Aquarium. After weeks of engaging in online activities, national surveys, and climate action projects, students came together to collaborate, through the use of technology, in a Virtual Town Hall to discuss the youth's vision for decolonizing climate change. From every continent, the youth of the world exchanged ideas, debated alternatives, and ultimately created a document that represents their collective voice. The Virtual Town Hall was the culmination of months of online teamwork, 10,000 hours of student collaboration, over 500 hours of teacher facilitation, and the passion of these youth to engage in an international conversation and have their voices heard. Student Art Student artists from around the world submitted art expressions to a Global Gallery that reflected their thoughts on climate change. The writing team has described how art is significant to this paper not as a filler or decoration, but as a way of expressing what the students know. Among a group of people who speak various languages, students found art to be the language that everybody understands, although each piece might have different meanings for each person. In this paper, you will find different art expressions made by students all over the world that have helped the writers understand the different topics. Participant Countries ● Edmonton, Canada - Queen Elizabeth High School ● Brasilia, Brazil - Centro Interescolar deLinguas deTaguatinga ● El Jadida, Morocco - Ange Bleu Private School ● Aukland, New Zealand - Auckland Girls' Grammar School ● Manila, Philippines - Veritas Catholic School ● Los Altos, United States - Bullis Charter School ● Nairobi, Kenya - St. Austin's Academy ● Ptuj, Slovenia - Gimnazija Ptuj ● Jikwoyi, Nigeria - Government Model Secondary School ● San José Province, Costa Rica - St. Jude School ● Pimlico, Australia - Pimlico State High School ● Tema, Ghana - SOS-Hermann Gmeiner International College ● Hyderabad, India - The Hyderabad Public School ● Balaraa, Nepal - Ramsakhi Mohit Singh Secondary School ● Tanjung Enim, Indonesia - SMK Bukit Asam ● Recklinghausen, Germany - Käthe-Kollwitz-Gesamtschule ● Lima, Peru - Colegio de Ciencias "The youth have a huge role to play when it comes to the environment, in that we are the ones going to be affected by climate change, and we are going to be the next leaders of society. As such, we the youth should participate by partaking in information dissemination, and proper dialogue with everyone in order to boost understanding, appreciation, and to widen our horizons." - Luis, Philippines Contact Terry Godwaldt Carrie Karsgaard The Centre for Global Education The Centre for Global Education terry@tcge.ca carrie@takingitglobal.org Date: November, 2017 1

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