Sunday, April 11, 2010

British Council seeks for new Climate Advocates

The British Council’s Challenge Europe project brings together motivated people who want to make a lasting impact on climate change debate. Challenge Europe enables these ”Climate Advocates”, coming from 13 different European countries and all walks of life, to improve their knowledge of climate change issues and provides a platform for them to develop innovative and practical projects to reduce carbon use. The project will harness the power of arts and cultural exchange to make the message more effective.

As part of the Baltic Sea Action Summit in Helsinki the British Council made a commitment to focus the Challenge Europe in Finland not only to mitigating climate change but also to helping to recover the Baltic Sea. By focusing on the effects of climate change on one of our dearest natural resources, we hope to motivate people to take concrete steps towards combating climate change.

We are now recruiting 15 passionate young people in Finland to become Climate Advocates. As a Climate Advocate you will benefit from capacity building by experts from Finland and UK and possibility to take part in international networking events. In exchange for the chance to participate in the project, you are asked to commit approximately 150 hours of your time. Over the period of one year you will be part of a multidisciplinary country team working together in developing concrete ideas which have the potential to bring about carbon reductions and help to recover the Baltic Sea through changes in policy, business or human behaviour. Supported by the British Council, the project teams will then pitch their ideas to broader publics, specifically reaching out to decision-makers and organisations, campaigning for implementation and support in an effort to make the ideas become reality.

If you wish to apply to become a Climate Advocate go here to find out more and find application forms. Deadline for applications is Friday 23 April. The selected Climate Advocates will meet for the first time on Saturday 8 May when we organise a climate seminar in Helsinki together with Dodo ry. This seminar is open for all who are interested in climate change and how it affects the Baltic Sea.

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