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Climate Heroes

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The future belongs to young people, so they are the ones who have to be the main driving force for positive and sustainable change in building a world where people live in harmony with nature.

What is the issue?

Climate change is impacting each and every one of us, however, in Serbia and neighboring countries, this is a relatively new and undeveloped topic that only recently gained traction. 

Young people recognize there’s a problem, but don’t feel they have enough knowledge, tools, or opportunities to take on concrete actions that would have a sustainable positive impact on climate change.

Limited means for young people to network and connect with like-minded individuals in Serbia and the region, as well as a deficit of options to actively engage in the public discourse on climate change and contribute to potential solutions, additionally discourages activism and reduces the desire to engage with the problem. 

A lot of young people feel they don’t have the chance or opportunity to implement significant changes, even though many of them have a clear understanding of the importance of tackling climate change.

What are we doing?

We recognize young people as the key driving force of positive change and we want to encourage and engage them. Through our program “Climate Heroes: Youth Voices for Sustainable Living”, young people ages 15-24 will have the opportunity to develop leadership and organizational skills, learn to plan civic actions, constructively propose and implement initiatives, and directly get involved in activities and discussions about climate change.

How do we do this?

Through a series of workshops and educational programs, we plan to empower young people to start their own initiatives and come up with their own ideas and solutions to problems in the climate change discourse.

Throughout the duration of the program, we’ll support and promote peer-led youth actions and activities, encourage their leadership and initiatives in coming up and proposing solutions for the climate change issue.

We want young people to lead us to a brighter future, because the future belongs to them.

Who do we work with?

We are working with young people, youth organizations, educators, mentors, and experts.

Who are our partners?

WWF is implementing this project in Serbia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, and Romania in collaboration with (United Nations Association of Bulgaria) and CEPF (Czech Environmental Partnership Foundation). 

This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).