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Promoted by: Viração Educomunicação (Brazil), Viração&Jangada (Italy), Fundación TierraVida (Argentina) and ClimaLab (Colombia). 
The Youth Press Agency is an initiative of youth partecipation through the creative use of new and traditional tools of communication and information promoted by the association Viração&Jangada in collaboration with the association In Medias Res, associations of youth and schools.
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14/11/2013, 19:22


 Shifting for the climate

Global Power Shift, the international youth movement on climate change promotes actions in more than 130 countries.

  The first step of Global Power Shift (GPS) happened last June, in Turkey, when 500 young people interested in the issue of climate change gathered with a 100 activists responsible for training these youths in policy, media and communication, digital campaigns, art and activism and nonviolent direct action. 

The event was promoted by the international climate campaign, in partnership with other institutions. During the six days of training the participants proposed actions to be done on their countries, with the aim of making local people aware issues surrounding climate change.

 One of the participants at GPS was Diana Maciaga, a 28-year old Polish woman.  "The best of the event is the sense of community and solidarity shared by all," said Diana. "Climate change affects every people and every country despite their differences." As part of the Global Power Shift actions, the youths from Eastern Europe organized the ninth Conference of Youth (COY9), a gathering of young people in the lead-up to the UN Climate Meetings (COP19) happening this year in Warsaw, Poland. 

COY9 is composed by 320 participants from 60 countries. Similar to the African continent, Latina America has a small number of representatives, including youths from Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Mexico and Puerto Rico.  Coal ControversyIn Poland, approximately 95% of the energy comes from the burning of coal. According to Diana, "the government and people in general support the mines and the coal factories because they believe they guarantee energy independence from Russia, where their energy was originally bought." At the same time, Diana says that the president of the country defends investing as little as possible on renewable energy, which means only as much as is demanded by European Union (EU). This usually means just adding some substance on the coal burning to make it a little less polluting. "This is incoherence! Even though they are hosting COP19, it seems that the government is only going to adopt sustainable actions if there is strong pressure from civil society."

 According to Diana, although there are some groups aware of the importance of renewable energy that have been putting pressure on the government, the majority of Polish society still associates coal with national independence. It is the same situation in Brazil with petrol and the role of Petrobras.

 A huge effort launched by one of these environmental groups is the StopEP campaign, or Stop North Project, which is working against the building of a coal power plant in an ecological reserve in the north of Poland. Besides the important species of fauna and flora that habitat the region, there is also a river that is one of the latest, if not the last one in Europe, that hasn’t had its natural course changed. If built, that one power plant would emit 9.4 million tons of CO2 into the atmosphere per year. 

"The most controversial thing about the project is that Jan Kulczyk, the owner of the company who is going to build the power plant, the Kulczyk Investments, is one of the chairmen of Green Cross International, as well as member of Climate Change Task Force!" protests Diana. Ironically, these two initiatives aim to promote sustainability. The StopEP campaign is available on the website  HYPERLINK "", in both Polish and English.  Stay tuned:Climax Brasil - The GPS Brazilian group, composed by the NGOs Viração, Renajoc, and Engaja Mundo, among others, are developing Climax Brazil, project that promotes nonviolent direct actions and communication campaigns to make the youths aware and to engage them.COY10 - Is going to happen in Peru, in December 2014, where, for sure, Latin America and its own problems are going to be better represented.CLIC - Latin American and Caribbean Movement on Climate Change has just been created in Bogota (Colombia). Its aim is to organize the youths of the region for getting their issues better represented on the COYs and COPs. 

By Emilia de Mattos Merlini, from Brazilian Youth Delegation at COP19

 *The Brazilian Youth Delegation at COP19 are composed by the organizations: Global Alliance of YMCAs, Engajamundo, Viração Educomunicação and The Lutheran World Federation.
11/11/2013, 19:36


 The Youth Press Agency is covering the UN Conference on Climate Change, taking place in Warsaw, Poland.

40 young people from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Italy are ready with their luggage for flying off to Warsaw, Poland, where the 19th Conference on Climate Change (COP 19) is going to take place, from 11th to  22nd November.

 Through the production and divulgation of articles, photos, videos and audios, these young journalists are participating to the collaborative coverage realized with the Youth Press Agency and the Red+VOS, a project promoted by the NGO Viração Educomunicação in association with Fundación TierraVida and the Red+VOS.

 The participants are also leveraging the messages and proposals from young people to their respective representatives and negotiators inside the Conference, so that these be taken into consideration. The proposals concern matters such as deforestation, energy resources , impacts of mega events (the Brazilian case) and vulnerability of traditional communities and indigenous people. The members of the Youth Press Agency are also aiming at having some influence inside the YOUNGO, the official group of youngsters inside the UN Conference on Climate Change, that traditionally doesn’t have a strong representation from Latin America and African Countries. 

"YOUNGO is the best way for expressing the proposals of young people inside the negotiations. However, since young people from developed countries organize themselves as blocks, it always turn out that youths in general spend the whole Conference defending such topics as coal and nuclear energy , which are quite distant from the Latin-American reality", explains Evelyn Araripe, a edocommunicator from Viração Educomunicação, as well as an active participant of the Brazilian delegation in the Youth Press Agency.

 The Agency got first under way two summers ago in Rio de Janeiro, when, as the biggest Press Agency, it covered the Rio+20 Summit by means of the participation of over 120 young reporters coming from Latin America, Europe and the United States. Last year in Doha, Qatar at the COP18 it also had its delegation of reporters during the Climate Change negotiations. "The Agency is one of the major initiatives since the creation of the Red+VOS. 

Thanks to the eyes of young people from all over the region, we are trying to translate and transmit in a simple way to all citizens complex topics such as the sustainable development and the climate change. Understanding what’s happening in those places is of uttermost importance in order to influence not only inside those same spaces but also outside the Conference" added Alfredo Redondo, Executive Director of Fundación TierraVida and member of the International Facilitation Group of the Red+VOS.

 This year the Conference is going to take place under the heading of negotiations in the areas of financing, emission reductions from the part of both developed and developing countries  (i.e. Brazil), and also discussion about carbon credit policies. Besides, the 193 countries participants to the UN system are going to get the negotiations of a new global agreement on the reductions of emissions for avoiding an increase of global temperatures over 2 degrees Celsius within the next decades further. 

This new agreement is going to enter into force starting from 2020. For Latin American negotiators will be tough to obtain advances without clarifying the problem of financing for the transition of countries in a Low Carbon economy. Since 2007, countries members of the UN have been discussing a Green Climate Fund where developed countries, historically responsible of the emissions that are nowadays causing climate changes, should put some 60 billions $, so that developing counties be allowed to grow but already in a clean way, with a low-impact on the planet. 

Today negotiations are discussing a bigger sum of 100 $, but the reality is that not even a cent has been yet deposited. A part from the official delegations, the COP counts on the participation of representatives of social movements and non governmental organizations- NGOs- that committed to pressing and guaranteeing that every decision, and so the treaties, may take into consideration also people expectations. 

The Conference is also hosting many side events, in which reports and investigations are being presented to everyone, but also where discussions of the most various topics involved in climate change, such as agriculture, mobility, sustainable cities among others are having the lead. The Youth Press Agency counts on the support of Engajamundo,

 Associazione Jangada, Club Botánico Ambiental, Coletivo Clímax Brasil, GCCA - Adopt a Negotiator, Fundación TierraVida, Fundação Friedrich Ebert, Fundação Luterana de Diaconia, Osservatorio SOStenibile, Plant for the Planet, Provincia Autónoma de Trento, Rede Nacional de Adolescentes e Jovens Comunicadoras e Comunicadores - Renajoc, Universidad de Trento, Vitae Civilis and YOUNGO. Just before the COP begins all young people are meeting inside the COY9, the Conference of Young People preparatory to the COP19 and organized by YOUNGO, from 7th to 10th November. In this meeting the representatives of the Youth Press Agency are going to reencounter other young communicators from all over the world in order to plan together a collaborative and integrated coverage of the events.  For following the young coverage of COP19

 click: and 

The contents are going to be published in Spanish, Portuguese and Italian.


Paulo Lima - Viração Educomunicação - paulo@viracao.orgTel.: 0055 11 3237-4091

Marina Mansilla - Fundación TierraVida - mmansilla@fundaciontierravida.orgTel.: 0044 7960282033
07/05/2013, 20:43


 The International Youth Media Agency at the Climate Change Summit

Continuing the Agency’s successful experience at Rio +20, young people from Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Mexico, Colombia, Greece and Italy were in Doha (Qatar) attending the 18th Conference of the Parties on Climate Change. 

The conference, which ran from November 26th to December 7th 2012, aimed to establish the guidelines under the new directions of the Kyoto Protocol, the document that sets targets for reducing emissions of greenhouse gases responsible for the acceleration of global warming.The International Youth Media Agency traveled to Doha supported by Viração Educomunicação, TierraVida Foundation, the Brazilian Network of Adolescents and Young Communicators - Renajoc, the United Nations Fund for Children - UNICEF, the Fundação Lutheran Diakonia - FLD, the Youth Climate Movement - Youngo and the Government of Norway.Before the Conference of the Parties, the Agency’s reporters participated in the "Youth Conference" organized by Youngo, where they met with other youth from around the world to plan a collaborative and integrated coverage of the COP18.Check out the Agency’s coverage of the COP18

 here: See the summary published by the Viração Mazagine here: 

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