The 1st Climate Advocacy Training for Youth (CATY) Graduation Ceremony & Climate Change Community Project Press Conference has been held successfully. This year, we have 21 graduates!
On March 20, 2021 (Saturday), CarbonCare Innolab (CCIL) has successfully held the 1st Climate Advocacy Training for Youth (CATY) Graduation Ceremony & Climate Change Community Project Press Conference at YWCA‘s Kowloon Centre. Since November 2020, our 21 participants have received 8 training sessions on climate change. The syllabus includes introductions of international conventions, agreements, multilateral organizations on climate change, as well as skill labs on organizing and implementing advocacy campaigns. Through virtual meetings, we were able to communicate and learn from young climate leaders from YOUNGO and World Resources Institute.
The course also includes a month-long programme – Community Climate Advocacy Project. Our students worked in groups of 4 to put their skills on climate advocacy in community into practice. They urged the public to be aware of climate change, and they shared their experience with their fellow classmates and guests at the event. The following are projects included:
Projects titles: Carbon Remove – Increase the capacity for carbon storage in Hong Kong (ig:carbonremove）
Aviation Tax –Proposed to impose a carbon tax on the aviation industry
Eco-nnect HK (Waste to Energy) – Transforming waste to energy (Eco-nnect) (ig:econnect_hk)
Solmunity – Promote the installation of solar power generation in public spaces in Hong Kong (fb:Solmunity) (ig:Solmunity)
At the end of the programme, CCIL will choose several outstanding graduates to participate in the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) with us, which will be held in Glasgow, Scotland in November 2021. They would be able to witness the climate agreements negotiations of country leaders across the world.
Mr. CHONG Chan-Yau, CCIL’s Founder and CEO stated that, “I am proud of the great young people in Hong Kong, who are passionate in the promotion of alleviating climate change.”
“To the young people in Hong Kong: In addition to climate change education, you must also encourage business and political stakeholders to pay attention to climate change; you must maintain enthusiastic and be persistent, as to and move towards the goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.”
Following the end of CATY, we are excited to welcome our graduates to the “CATY Alumni Association”! The mission of our graduates has yet to be completed – they would continue to carry out climate initiatives in the community, allowing more people to be aware of climate issues, and to work with CCIL to train more and more youth climate leaders!