Youth Leadership, Sustainability
Youth Leaders and
Ayla van Kessel, The Netherlands
Making new immigrants environmentally aware and ecological active and
with that hopefully influence the view of the Dutch towards immigrants.
Earth Charter principle:
3b - Promote social and economic justice, enabling all to achieve a secure and
meaningful livelihood that is ecologically responsible
Target Network: The organisation Humanitas helps immigrants to feel at home.
As a part of this, I voluntarily practice Dutch with immigrants. I want to
discuss with Humanitas the possibility to start an Eco Team.
In this Eco Team, the first couple of weeks a group of natives and immigrants
will cook ecological food together and during dinner discuss environmental
topics. After these informative sessions, the group will make a project plan
on sustainability. For example, start a public vegetable garden. Or take care
of the ecological management of the public gardens in the city.
Gaabouri Maamoune, Morocco
Challenge: The lack of awareness in terms of citizenship values among children.
Earth Charter principle:
• 14.a: Provide all, especially children and youth, with educational opportunities
that empower them to contribute actively to sustainable development.
• 9.b: Empower every human being with the education and resources to secure a
sustainable livelihood, and provide social security and safety nets for those who
are unable to support themselves.
Target Network (organizations): Pupils of primary and secondary schools.
1/ first write a 20 pages book entitled “citizenship book”. Each page of the
book deals with one principle (for example saving water…).
2/ Then, visit the concerned schools twice every month, and study with
pupils a principle in each session.
Temily Tianmay Jaya Gopan, Hong kong
Challenge: Lack of empowerment among young people beyond making money
Earth Charter principle: 14
Target Network(organizations): Student clubs in the University of Hong Kong
Approach liked-minded individuals who want to serve humanity
Discuss the Earth Charter and its implications
Train them to become facilitators of the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program,
which promotes the same values that Earth Charter does
They go out and become facilitators of this program and form their own junior youth
groups (12-15 years old) and plan and execute service projects with them
Every month, facilitators will gather and reflect on how they can improve the quality of
their groups and the quality of service projects implemented by the junior youth
Youth are engaged in ACTION by empowering younger youth to do the same
Savali Matio Lonalona, Tuvalu
Challenge: - Lack of education opportunities
- Environment issues such as climate change (sea level rise)
- Gender inequality i.e. lack of youth and women participation in decision making.
Earth Charter principle: 6, 11, 14
Tuvalu Association of Non
Government Organisation (TANGO)
Tuvalu National Youth Council
Tuvalu Red Cross
Tuvalu Ekalesia Kelisiano (EKT)
Tuvalu Small business Association
Tuvalu National Council of Women
Government departments and
ministries, e.g Ministry of Education
and Youth, Natural Resources,
Women department and cultural
Conduct and organize lives kill and livelihood training.
Promote cultural and traditional methods
Lobby for the establishment for more informal
vocational such as carpentry, sewing etc.
At national level, conduct awaress on the effect of sea
level rise .
Assist in community work such as cleaning up.
Networking and create partnership with other
Negotiate with the women department for the running
workshop on Gender Sensitively.
Lobby with the youth ministry and TNYC for the
Networking with male leaders.
Oke Temitope Olaniyi, Nigeria
Challenge: The lack of empowering education)
Earth Charter principle: 14
Target Network(organizations): The Initiative for Equal Rights (TIER) Lagos Nigeria.
Presently, I work with an Organization that targets sexual minorities.
We have been implementing programs (HIV prevention program and vocational
skills training) that targets Men who have sex with men (MSM). We source for
more funds to expand the scope of our work and cover other groups within the
Dylane Ho, Malaysia
Challenge: The lack of empowering education – children unable to think critically and creatively
to improve society’s conditions
Earth Charter principle: 14. Integrate into formal education and life-long learning the
knowledge, values, and skills needed for a sustainable way of life.
Target Network (organizations): My university; corporate organisations interested in taking
on projects as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) campaign
I would like to start an Earth Charter Youth Group (ECYG) in Malaysia, first consisting of the students and
alumni of my university. Once an ECYG is established, we can hold regular gatherings in which members
can discuss and plan sustainable projects within the immediate setting (university) and also for the
community at large (citywide). Examples of projects are like workshops/seminars on the Earth Charter,
sustainability, and youth leadership to create more awareness and expand group membership.
I would like to approach corporate organisations to enlist their support, mostly in the form of funding.
With the funds, we can set up centres of learning in major neighbourhoods in cities/towns. At these
centres of learning, members of the ECYG and other likeminded individuals can organise special courses
for the children, youth and adults in the neighbourhoods, providing supplementary education for the
masses. The courses will mainly focus on empowerment – to encourage people to give back to society.
Once the participants within the neighbourhood have completed the courses, they can immediately play
their part by serving at their local centre of learning to organise more courses for the rest of the
community, thus creating a cycle of empowering teaching and learning.
Pham Thuy Duong, Vietnam
Challenge: the need of a holistic approach to Education for Sustainability
Earth Charter principle: principle 14
Target Network(organizations): young students in universities
Research on Education for Sustainability
Building framework for a YES (Youth Encounter on Sustainability) course that
can be implemented in universities. It should embrace sustainability in all
aspects of life, environmental, economic, cultural, social and spiritual.
Developing curriculum as modules so that it can be flexible in practical
application, depending on specific conditions.
Trying to integrate creative and holistic approach in teaching methods :
– active learning, seminars, team work, experience-based learning, visual
learning, project-based learning, excursions , learning through Art…
Demi Smoloktou, Greece/Finland
Challenge: The ignorance of sustainability and the Earth Charter
Earth Charter principle: 14
Target Network(organizations): Universities, Youth Groups, Organizations, Companies
Building the agenda of our ECYG and with our team we are willing to translate all the
available material of the Earth Charter in Greek, tv spots, radio spots, documents, and
to complete building our website.
We want to include all the relevant tiers in order to promote sustainability and the
We target especially in education, schools and universities. The ideal goal is that there
will be a course about sustainability in every school in our province. Additionally we
are hoping To collaborate with more youth groups and invite them to endorse the
Earth Charter and thus to promote it to their providences.
Once we have enough members and affiliations we would be able to hold a Hellenic
and a European (global if possible) youth conference which is the ultimate target.
Koomson Nyarko Francis, Ghana
Challenge: Lack of start up capital to purchase basic plants'(machinery)
Earth Charter principle: 7
approached: the director of YOUNG PEOPLE WE CARE(NGO)
will be approached: Suame magazine Industrial organization (SMIDO)and the environmental
protection agency for partnership
I would like to establish community base recycling plant which will be run by
The youth with raw materials from the community to boast local trade and at
the same time reduce both poverty and unemployment.
Adewole Taiwo Adegboyega, Nigeria
Challenge: The lack of empowering Environmental Education in the Niger Delta
Earth Charter principle: 14
Target Network(organizations): The organizations that I will approach and those have
The Global green Grants FUND
USAID(United States Agency for International Development)
The US President Young African Leaders Forum via one of the Participants from Nigeria
The Fed Government via the Presidency and Fed Ministry of Environment
The Government of Rivers state Via the Ministry of Environment
The ERA/Friends of the EARTH
The Potential beneficiary schools of the project
Library port management team
Ministry of Women Affairs
RADIO/TV on the existing platform of the Ministry of Environment
More to come
The issues bothering on environment and it’s impact on the society cannot be
overemphasised. Currently, the Millennium development Goals clearly spells out
Environmental sustainability as one of the key MDGs.
In spite of numerous efforts across varying activities, awareness on issues on
environment, climate proofing and more still remains low. Many are yet to come to
terms with their strategic roles in protecting their immediate environment.
Importantly too, access to information on environment and the Niger delta is currently
low making it difficult to get current materials, information and details in these regards
and related activities are difficult to carry out.
It is in line with promoting Information, Education and communication in the area of
Environment and Climate change that the TAIWO ADEWOLE AND CENTER FOR
DEVELOPMENT SUPPORT INITIATIVES-CEDSI IS PIONEERING A PROJECT to promote
access to centres or environment in the Niger delta. This is with the view to setting up
138 ECO GREEN Libraries across existing schools with Environmental clubs in rivers and
then replicated in the Niger Delta Region. While the main demonstration site will be at
the existing LIBRARYPORT. Importantly too, to support women, the Ministry of Women
Affairs will also be partnering to set up one of the GREEN libraries at the Ministry of
Women Affairs, Rivers State
Irushinie Ruwanthi Wedage, Sri Lanka
Challenge: Dearth of a conscious and willful taskforce to actively engage in
grass root level activities that contribute to sustainable development
Earth Charter principle : 14
Target Network (organizations): Youth and Children (Schools, Universities, NGOs,
CBOs) Government, Media
A national level NGO that endorses the Earth Charter Principles will be registered
under existing state laws.
A series of programmes that raise awareness on how the youth and children can
contribute actively to sustainable development will be prepared and publicized
through workshops and mass media (Newspaper/Audio Visual) with the help of
financial and professional collaborators.
Our organization will work as a hub which will encourage, guide and monitor nodal
youth and children groups inspired by such communications to function effectively by
providing necessary information and training and getting progress reports and
The Ultimate goal is to form a national network of youth and children who are aware
of and endorse the Earth Charter principles
Ogaga E. Maxwell, Nigeria
Challenge: lack of holistic education for children and youths
Earth Charter principle: 14
Target Network(organizations): AFRITAL/YOUNGSTARS FOUNDATION and my friends.
Right now I am working on starting a holistic educational center where young people can
Be taught morals, spiritual Godly values and also learn about leadership and giving back to
It is called The Emerald Educational Center (T.E.E.C), I have had this project in mind before
we started this course and we have been working on it, right now we are about acquiring a
piece of land in a community close to me where I live to commence work on the project.
In the center young people will be taught the values of peace, leadership, environmental
values uses arts, dance , culture and music.
We are fund raising now to get the land.
Tan Su Mei, Malaysia
Challenge: Equal development opportunities for all in all fields
Earth Charter principle: "Ensure that economic activities and institutions at all levels promote
human development in an equitable and sustainable manner."
Target Network(organizations): The people around me especially junior youth (11-14yeaars
old) and youth
My current commitment is to empower as many youth as i can to be
animators who work with the junior youth as it is believed that when we are
doing the act of accompanying others, we are also learning and improving
our own capacities.
Continue in the promotion of the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment
Program where training more youth to be animators are the focus
Working together with the junior youth groups in implementing service
projects in their neighbourhoods that reflects the principles in the Earth
Martin Amo-Ayesu, Ghana
Challenge: The Rural child and Education
Earth Charter principle: 14
Target Network(organizations): Ghana Education services/Ministry of Women &
1. Creating awareness on child education in the rural communities.
2. Promoting a platform for rural schools to have a say in nation development
3. Organizing workshops for communities schools to discuss importance of
4. Providing a good network for rural schools
Lansana Hassan Sowa, Sierra Leone
Challenge: The Difficulty of Women and Girls in Accessing Justice in Kono District, Eastern
Sierra Leone )
Earth Charter principle: P 11
Target Network(organizations): Nimiyama Human Rights Movement (NIMIRIGHTS).
The project will work towards promoting women’s right through community engagement and mobilizing. The project will
further provide support to victims of Sexual and Gender Based Violence particularly girls to assist the in seeking justice.
STRATEGY: strategies will involve to:
Educate 500 community stakeholders on women’s rights and SGBV in Nimiyama and Nimikoro chiefdoms in Kono
District, Eastern Sierra Leone.
Improve on the capacity of twenty (20) Human Rights Monitors in both chiefdoms to effectively respond to Sexual and
Gender Based Violence.
Engage fourty (40) local authorities from the two chiefdoms in efforts to effectively deal with SGBV issues.
Provide direct support to fourty (20) victims of Sexual and Gender Based Violence in the two chiefdoms to seek justice.
PROJECT ACTIVITIES: The activities for the project will involve:
Community Outreach Meetings: (This will target eight communities)
Human Rights Training for Monitors: (This will involve the training of twenty (20) Human Rights Monitors.
Human Rights training and Legal Orientation for Local Authorities: (This will target fourty local authorities including
Provide direct support to victims of SGBV: (this will provide transportation, medical and accommodation for victims
while seeking justice
Reporting: (This will involve updating Earth Charter and donor on project’s progress on a quarterly basis).
Godwin Yidana, Ghana
Challenge: Environmental Pollution, Degradation and Climate Change
Earth Charter principle: “Ecological Integrity”
Target Network: Junior High Schools in Bolga; Ghana Forestry Commission; Ghana Education Service;
Environmental Protection Agency; Chiefs; and Bolga Municipal Assembly
Project Plan: The G-lish Green Clubs
1. Provide a platform for young people in rural Ghana’s Upper East Region to network, build
relationships, share knowledge and work to achieve environmental regeneration and the
realization of the MDGs through practical environmental activities.
2. Address common environmental issues such as deforestation, degradation and pollution.
Tree planting and basic gardening to reduce deforestation, degradation and pollution;
Water and Sanitation
Short documentary and book making on Environment and Climate Change Issues;
Environmental education campaigns;
Inter-school competitions: Best Trees Project; Best Environ- book; Best Environ- documentary; and
Basic plastic recycling and re-use techniques