Opening Network Meeting

Our earth system is about to collapse because of the human caused climate emergency, while the ones that are producing the solutions are not leading by example. Therefore, we students of higher education institutions must now come together to use our power.

The newly founded international Climate Students Movement association welcomes all interested students in the world to an opening network meeting for mobilisation and capacity building. Registration will be open until 15th October midnight CEST.

Program – 17th October 2020

All times are listed in CEST (UTC +2) / SGT (UTC +8)

09:00 / 15:00 – Welcome session

Introduction of the Climate Students Movement

by Rosmarie Sundström, founder and chairperson, and Kibet Hillary, board member and coordinator, International Climate Students Movement.

09:05 / 15:05 – The ‘big gap’

Keynote – The consequences of ‘business as usual’

by Will Steffen, Earth System scientist. Councillor, Climate Council of Australia; Emeritus Professor, Australian National University. Senior Fellow, Stockholm Resilience Centre. Member, Anthropocene Working Group.

9:15 / 15:15 – Q&A

Keynote – International climate policy from a youth perspective

by Nadja Najjar, PUSH Sweden’s international working group – platform and a network where youth cooperate for sustainability.

Keynote – International education policy from a youth perspective

by Marie-Clair Graf, YOUNGO, Children and Youth Constituency to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

9:40 / 15:40 – Q&A

09.45 / 15:45 – Successful model

Keynote – About the International Climate Students Movements

by board members, International Climate Students Movement.

Keynote – Impacting leaders of higher education institutions in Sweden

by Leonie Tidlund, co-founder and board member, Climate Students Sweden.

Keynote – Organise and operate locally at universities in Sweden

by Amanda Rensmo, Uppsala University, Sidurður Andersson, Lund University and Elin Lönnberg, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

10:15  / 16:15 – Global network

Group discussions – becoming stronger together

by board members of the International Climate Students Movement leading discussions with all participants in several Zoom breakout rooms. Coffee brake included. Summary for all in the main room at 10.35 / 16.35.

10:40 / 16:40 – Capacity building

Workshop – Elevator Pitching to engage students

with Karl Andreasson, trainer from the European Changemakers project by Greenpeace. Look at their inspirational video.

Workshop – Advocacy at higher education institutions

with Chaïm De Mulder, PUSH Sweden’s international working group – platform and a network where youth cooperate for sustainability.

11:30 / 17:30 – Closure session

Opportunities in International Climate Students Movement

  • Benefits of the membership for students groups and organisations.
  • Launch of our international mentorship program.
  • About the coming elections of board and committee members.

11:45 / 17:45 – Meeting ends

11.55 / 17:55 – Q&A with the International Climate Students Movement’s board

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Our mission is to mobilise, organise and strengthen students’ initiatives and organisations to impact higher education institutions to reduce their green house gas emissions in line with climate science and the Paris Agreement.

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