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 joint team delivering this project represents a strong international and intergenerational collaboration, spanning multiple continents, professional backgrounds and ages.

Alexis McGivern, Oxford Net Zero Fellow, created and led the programme alongside several youth activists from the Global Youth Coalition, leveraging the University of Oxford’s wide network of climate experts. 

Our first iteration of the training ran from 3 May-30 October 2023 for 13 fortnightly sessions. It covered key areas of discussion and negotiation within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) system. The curriculum was built by consulting 180 young climate justice activists who gave their input on their training needs. We educated 4,500 activists under the age of 35 spreading over 177 countries, with 64% identifying as from Most Affected People and Areas (MAPA). 

This youth training is trial of radical open-access and inclusion, with all of the recordings published to YouTube, a completely free course for participants.  We also partnered with EcoInterpreters to offer the course in four languages: English, French, Spanish and Portuguese. Through a partnership with Terra.do, a climate training and jobs platform, we gave our participants access to about 20 more hours of climate education content.

Several Oxford Net Zero researchers taught on the programme (including Dr. Myles Allen, Dr. Jose Maria Valenzuela, Dr. Tom Hale, alongside researchers and practitioners from around the world. The programme was intentionally crafted to prioritise expert Global South voices on climate issues. Each session began with a testimonial by a youth speaker, followed by a technical lecture by relevant global climate experts.

TESTIMONIALS FROM PARTICIPANTS

“The training I received through Global Youth Climate has been a transformative experience in my life. It has not only equipped me with valuable knowledge and skills but has also given me the confidence and motivation to contribute meaningfully to the global efforts in addressing climate change. As a refugee, this opportunity has been a ray of hope, a chance to grow, and a reminder that even in the face of adversity, there are organizations like yours that value the participation of most marginalized people like me.” – Byaombe Lumona

“Honestly I have no words to express what I have learned with the opportunity to attend this training. My views on different aspects and levels surrounding climate change have expanded enormously and this has been shaping the local projects I have been working towards. Thank you so much! – Marilynn Holguín Clover

 “One of the greatest things that happened to me this year was being part of this group. Love it here…thank you for such an informative learning session!”- Nhlanhla Sibanda

 “Thank you a lot for arranging such lectures! Sometimes the global agenda and negotiations in climate change seem to be so far from me, some days I doubt my abilities to make a valuable contribution and enter the discussions of the international cooperations and institutes, but thanks to the organisers and the smart and young speakers I see than anything is possible, and this atmosphere inspires me to keep pushing forward towards a more resilient and sustainable world.” – Linara Khadimullina

 “Three cheers! To the Global Youth Training Team and Oxford Net Zero team. I loved all the sessions. One of the finest youth training I have come across. The content is just great and brilliantly curated! I do hope to see more such training sessions with more specialised topics! Thank you once again!”- Shaurya Patel

frequently asked questions

How can I access the training?

All of the recordings were published to YouTube, making it a completely free course for participants. You can access the course recordings in English, French, Spanish or Portuguese (simply navigate to “playlists” on the Smith School YouTube channel). 

Will ONZ and gyc do another training?

We are currently taking stock of feedback and needs for the youth movement and will hopefully be delivering another course in June 2024, aligned with the goals of Oxford’s new Net Zero Regulation and Policy Hub to upskill the youth movement on regulation and policy needed to deliver net zero. We are actively looking for funders at this stage! If you are interested in supporting our work, please send an email to alexis.mcgivern@ouce.ox.ac.uk 

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.

I want to help! How can I get involved in planning the next youth training programme?

Thank you! Please send an email to alexis.mcgivern@ouce.ox.ac.uk indicating your area of interest to work on the programme (e.g., logistics, finding speakers, working on applications) and attach a 1-page CV.

Above: Members of the Global Youth Climate Training team at COP28

Left to right: Raul Fretes, Fredrick Binamungu, Alexis McGivern, Carlos Shanka, Agustin Ocaña, Genaro Matías Godoy González

 

Right: Hosting a youth capacity-building event at Oxford’s New York Offices, New York Climate Week (September 2023)

Alexis McGivern and Genaro Matías Godoy González

 

Alexis McGivern and Fredrick Binamungu hosting a youth capacity-building event at the Global Alliances of Universities on Climate (GAUC) Pavilion, COP28

Alexis McGivern and Agustin Ocaña hold “The Climate Guidebook”, a written summary of all 13 training sessions pulled together by volunteers and led by Irene Delfanti and Bruno Sirote. 

WATCH SESSION 1: HOW DID WE GET HERE? (all 13 sessions available on same playlist)

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