GLOBAL YOUTH CLIMATE TRAINING
The Youth Climate Training programme is a collaboration between Oxford Net Zero and the Global Youth Coalition, an organisation of young people that supports youth-led climate action.
The training began on 3 May 2023 and is running for 13 fortnightly sessions. It will cover key areas of discussion and negotiation within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) system. The training will give youth the knowledge and tools to engage in the UNFCCC system.
Alexis McGivern, Oxford Net Zero Fellow, is leading the programme alongside several youth activists from the Global Youth Coalition, leveraging the University of Oxford’s wide network of climate experts.
Several Oxford Net Zero researchers will be teaching on the programme, alongside researchers and practitioners from around the world. The programme has been intentionally crafted to prioritise expert Global South voices on climate issues. Each session will have interactive activities. A technical lecture by relevant global climate experts will be followed by a testimonial by a youth speaker from the climate justice movement.
The curriculum covers the areas of active negotiation at the UNFCCC. It was built by consulting 180 young climate justice activists who gave their input on what they most wanted training on.
frequently asked questions
What time is the training?
4-6pm (16-18h) UK Time (BST).
How can I join the training if I have been accepted?
You will have received an e-mail with the login details. If you are joining us in English, you will have a YouTube link. If you are joining in any other language, you will have received a Zoom link. You will be able to select French, Spanish or Portuguese when you arrive into the call. If you did not request language interpretation, but would like it now, please send us an e-mail with the subject line “REQUEST FOR INTERPRETATION”.
How do I know if I have been accepted?
Please check your spam folder as all acceptances have gone out, as well as emails informing people they were not accepted.
I got an acceptance email, then I got a rejection email! What happened?
We are so sorry about this! A glitch in our system means a small group of people got both emails. Please ignore the rejection email and send us an email with the subject line “ACCEPTANCE/REJECTION DOUBLE EMAIL” and we will sort it for you ASAP.
How do I record my attendance for session 1?
We apologise for the issue with the attendance forms in session 1. We will be counting attendance for everyone for the first session and are working on a new system for the next session. Thank you for your patience!
How do I access the recording for the sessions?
You can find the recordings for the sessions on this page (below) and on the Smith School YouTube channel under the ‘live’ tab. You can also find recordings in French, Spanish and Portuguese.
Is there a space online to network with other participants?
Many of you requested a space where you can network with other participants. We are working on putting this together and will send more information at our second session on May 17th.
Is this an accredited University of Oxford course?
Please note that this is not an accredited course at the University of Oxford. This training is a collaboration between Oxford Net Zero, a research programme at the University of Oxford, and the Global Youth Coalition, therefore is NOT an official University of Oxford course. You are welcome to share that you are participating in the training :), but please do not state on LinkedIn or elsewhere that you are doing a course at the University of Oxford as this could end up causing issues and prevent us from continuing the programme. Thank you for your help on this.
Will I get a certificate at the end of the programme?
As mentioned, we will be recording attendance from session 2 onwards and you will receive a certificate of participation based on 70% attendance. You will be able to mark your attendance even if you are watching the recordings rather than attending the live sessions.
Will you help me go to COP28?
We cannot accredit or fund anyone to go to COP28.
What are the interactive activities in the session?
We will be having interactive activities during some of the sessions, these activities are not mandatory and will not affect you getting the certificate, they are just to add a layer of interaction to the course.
WATCH SESSION 1: HOW DID WE GET HERE?
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