International Youth White Paper on Climate Change - Education and Cities

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Prologue This paper is a result of work done by over 4000 students from 13 countries, in partnership with The Centre for Global Education, C40, the Government of Alberta, TakingITGlobal, Louis Berger, and the Berger Charitable Foundation. 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 Education, Cities and 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 ● São Paulo, Brazil - Colégio Magno ● Nairobi, Kenya - St Austin's Academy ● Edmonton, Canada - Queen Elizabeth High School ● Ptuj, Slovenia - Gimnazija Ptuj ● Lima, Peru - Colegio de Ciencias ● Alberta, Canada - ACLYN ● Jakarta, Indonesia - SMA Labschool Cibubur ● London, England - Reach Academy Feltham ● New Delhi, India - The Shri Ram School ● Los Altos, USA - Bullis Charter School ● Monterrey, Mexico - ASFM ● Bogotá, Colombia - Gimnasio Los Caobos ● Greater Accra, Ghana - SOS -Hermann Gmeiner International College ● Beijing, China - Beijing National Day School Contact Terry Godwaldt Carrie Karsgaard The Centre for Global Education The Centre for Global Education terry@tcge.ca carrie@takingitglobal.org Date: March, 2018 1

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