About the program
Our current program is a unique opportunity for young Caribbean activists and community leaders to learn about Climate Justice, engage with global policymakers, and promote climate action. Selected participants will be fully funded to travel to the UN’s COP29.
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Throughout the course, you will be able to acquire the right knowledge, cultivate a network of like-minded peers, and interact to accelerate action, taking your vision and work to the next level. Moreover, the top 5 participants will be able to travel to the 2024 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP29) as part of a fully-funded on-site learning experience in Baku, broadening the reach and impact of your conversations to shape a positive Caribbean future.
Why is this program important for the Caribbean?
The Caribbean region faces many challenges related to climate change and its impacts, including rising sea levels, increased frequency and intensity of storms and hurricanes, coastal erosion, and loss of biodiversity. These impacts disproportionately affect vulnerable populations, including low-income communities, women, LGBTQ+, children, disabled and indigenous peoples, who may have limited resources and specific challenges when adapting and coping with these changes.
Climate justice advocates in the Caribbean campaign for a more equitable distribution of climate finance and technology transfer to support the region’s transition to a low-carbon, climate-resilient economy. This includes efforts to address systemic inequalities and social injustices that exacerbate climate vulnerability, such as poverty, gender inequality, and land tenure issues.
This program aims to build an inclusive scenario and capacity for young professionals, eligible students, and young community leaders working for a better future for the Caribbean regions, and to enhance the quality of life of its people. Furthermore, we will create a lasting impact through connecting the participants to other regional climate justice activists and movements that will enable them to expand their future career options and reach.
What does the Caribbean Climate Justice Leaders Academy Program entail?
Weekly training sessions and access to our Online Platform:
You’ll receive expert training and capacity building through 6 months of online training sessions from climate experts where you’ll learn about the basics of Climate Justice, effective communication, and how to take climate action.
Networking and interactive sessions:
Throughout the program, you will be able to engage with other climate professionals and community leaders. You’ll build your professional network and learn from others passionate about climate issues.
Fully funded on-site learning experience at COP29:
You will be included in a process that will choose a selection of participants to travel and attend the 2024 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP29) in person happening this year in Baku. Activities, events, and workshops will be organized, as well as networking sessions to make the most of the onsite learning experience. There will also be a unique opportunity to engage with key experts in the global arena.
Share your plan of action with a global audience:
At the end of the program, all participants will be able to share their vision and plan of action as to how to implement the lessons learned and give back to the Caribbean to accelerate progress.
Caribbean Climate Justice Leaders Mentorship Program
You will have the opportunity to be mentored by the inaugural cohort, as well as mentor and guide the next cohort of the program and build long-lasting relationships to help accelerate climate action.
Who can apply?
This Program focuses on creating and amplifying meaningful roles for Caribbean Youth in Climate Action. Whether you’re already working in the field of justice, mitigating the effects of climate change within your community, strengthening the resilience of indigenous communities, or committed to building a better future for your region, this might just be the program for you!
Here are the eligibility criteria:
- Participants should be Caribbean nationals or residents over 10+ years within the Caribbean region
- Aged between 18-35 years
- Have relevant work, field, or study academic experience with a demonstrated track record in and commitment to:
- Justice issues or
- Sustainable innovation or
- Environmental advocacy or
- Community & grassroots organization
We will also value strong communication skills, and an ability to work collaboratively in diverse groups.