Climate Advocacy Training for Youths

Climate Advocacy Training for Youths (CATY) empowers Hong Kong youth with talent regarding social awareness and international events on sustainability policy. The training and direct experience will be designed to equip them to play a more effective role in international conferences, debates and institutional processes on climate and sustainability issues. Outstanding students will be selected as youth delegates of Hong Kong to participate in the upcoming COP26 2021 in Glasgow, UK.

Training Syllabus

This course is intended for those youths who are motivated by the vision of a sustainable world, who aspire to be climate advocates against the climate emergency, and who will link local and global actions. Participants will learn from leaders, experts and youth advocates from Hong Kong and overseas and will gain valuable and relevant skills.

Students will come away with :

  • Understanding of the international conventions, agreements, multilateral organizations on climate change and related major environmental and social issues. Specifically, the course will cover Paris Agreement, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • How you can make your voice heard in international forums and local community
  • Tools and frameworks to influence pressing global issues on climate change and sustainability
  • Action plans about how to implement an advocacy campaign on climate issues in your chosen space

Topics to be covered in the training course:

Module 1: Climate Change, SDGs and Climate Justice
Module 2: Climate Negotiation at International Level
Module 3: Climate Change and International Youth Movement
Module 4: Regional Climate Change environment- Asia Pacific and Hong Kong
Module 5: Climate communication: Speaking and writing skills
Module 6: Climate communication: Advocacy and lobbying skills
Module 7: Simulation Session
Module 8: Community Project Presentation Session

Interactive online teaching styles, practical applications and participatory methods will be adopted to build knowledge and experience. For details, please refer to the PDF course syllabus.

Application Procedures

Participation profile for CATY:

  • Aged between 18 and 35 at the year attend the training
  • Hong Kong permanent identity card holder
  • Can commit to the trainning on each Saturday for around 3 months during Q4 2020
  • Good English and Chinese language skills

How to apply

Step 1: Please fill in the online application form on or before 20 Oct, 2020.

Step 2: Please submit the following 3 items by email to on or before 31 Oct, 2020.
Email subject title should be: CATY application_(Your name)_CV and assignments submissions.

  1. Assignment one
    A 200 to 500 word essay in Chinese to introduce yourself and why you are interested in joining our training
  2. Assignment two
    A 800 to 2,000 word essay in English with one of the following topics
    - Topic 1: What are the pros and cons of the current Hong Kong long-term carbonization plan?
    - Topic 2: What are the impacts brought by climate change? Why do these matter to youth and children?

Step 3: Your CV

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview during November 2020.

Application fee:

No course fee is needed for our youth training course in the first year.
Certificates of Participation will be awarded to participants subject to 80% attendance rate of all modules.

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