In 2015, four IVS networks – CCIVS, Alliance, NVDA and SCI – decided to take a stand against climate change by launching a joint programme.
Check here, for detailed general information on this initiative!
The programme was initially kicked-off as IVS against Climate Change and renamed IVS for Climate Justice in 2017. It is coordinated by CCIVS (Coordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service) and brings together the activities of four international Voluntary Service networks, CCIVS, Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organisations, SCI (Service Civil International) and NVDA (Network for Voluntary Development Asia). Institutional partners supporting this project are the Council of Europe – European Youth Foundation, Erasmus+ programme of the European Union, the Technical University of Santa Fe Argentina, and the University of Illinois USA. The programme is featured on the UNESCO Green Citizens platform. Find the official blog of IVS for Climate Justice here.
As a matter of principle, climate change is a global challenge affecting the entire world and humanity as a whole. At a closer look, however, people most responsible for anthropogenic climate change and those most affected by its consequences differ. Geographical location, economic status as well as means to act may determine the vulnerability of individuals living today. Apart from that, scientists predict increasingly severe consequences of climate change for generation yet to come. The concept of climate justice addresses this unequal allocation of benefits and burdens by relating climate change to matters of justice and human rights. As part of the International Voluntary Service (IVS) movement, we consider climate justice as an inevitable brick in building a sustainable future and creating a just and fair society. Our members, projects and activities stretch across the entire globe, uniting people of all ages and backgrounds. IVS projects and activities are a powerful tool to support local communities worldwide, and allow to reallocate resources and capacities. By taking active steps against climate change and demonstrating solidarity with most vulnerable population groups and peoples, we assume our responsibility in the global sustainability challenge and seek to do our part in attaining climate justice. In 2015, a joint Declaration against Climate Change was created by the networks involved. With COP21 in Paris approaching, this declaration constituted a stand against climate change and was meant to bring the powerful voices of thousands of volunteers to the institutional context of COP21. In spring 2018, the joint campaign “Climate Justice Camps” was launched under the programme IVS for Climate Justice in order to create a linking element between the different networks’ activities and to showcase the sustainability impact of our projects.
Join the campaign by choosing your best practice project on environment / sustainability / climate justice / climate change and register it as Climate Justice Camp today! The deadline to register your project as a Climate Justice Camp is 10th April 2018.