Climate Movements - Weekly Resources

On this page, you will find the weekly resources* as part of  ‘Climate Movements’. Starting right before the first week of the virtual exchange, this page will be updated with new videos and materials for the following week’s sessions.

For the weekly topics, assignments and deadlines, review the COURSE MANUAL >

*Please note that the views presented in these resources are those of the individual speakers/authors and do not represent those of Sharing Perspectives Foundation.

Week 2: Our climate story

Record-breaking temperatures mean we must change the way we talk about the climate emergency

With the unprecedented increase in temperatures around the world and the effects of climate change reaching new heights, how do we express our concern or the urgency for taking action? In this article, Kamyar Razavi tackles different approaches to communicating climate change. Read the article below or the original publication here > 

 

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Al Jazeera English (2019)

Has the media narrative changed around climate change?

News outlets are still selling climate change stories short, and finding the right way to cover the relentless onslaught of information and data that is newsworthy remains their main challenge. Still, there are signs that things are changing.

 

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Green Peace International

True accounts from environmental activists and human rights advocates

This video compiles the testimonials of nine environmental and human rights advocates who attended the People’s Summit on Climate, Rights and Human Survival. They tell their personal climate stories, the effect climate change has had on their communities, and their beliefs. They also share their messages of support and inspiration to others. 

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Sharing Perspectives Foundation

Interviewing Anna Pirani from the IPCC

You might’ve heard about them in the news, when an item about climate change mentions a specific report: the IPCC. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is part of the United Nations and tasked with assessing the science related to climate change. What does it look like when scientists collaborate to publish the IPCCs renowned reports?

In this weeks’ episode, our host Julie talks with Anna Pirani. Next to holding a Ph.D. in Oceanography, she is the head of Working Group I Technical Support Unit at the IPCC. As such, she was, for example, part of the creation of the special report ‘Global Warming of 1.5°C’ (2018, IPCC). What does her work with the IPCC look like and how did she get involved in this? And what role does she think scientists play in telling the past, present and future story of climate change? 

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Additional Resources and Alternative Perspectives

Interested to learn more about this week’s topic? We have selected some materials for you. These resources consist of introductory information, in-depth texts, case studies and challenging counter perspectives.

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Week 1: Setting the scene

Dr. François Gemenne, Dr. Caroline Zickgraf, Dr. Yvonne Su

Does climate change cause migration?

Why do people migrate? Does climate change have anything to do with it? In this video, experts Dr. Yvonne Su (York University), Dr. Caroline Zickgraf (Hugo Observatory, University of Liege) and Dr. François Gemenne (Hugo Observatory, University of Liege) share different drivers of migration and discuss how they connect to climate change. They explain why it can also sometimes be difficult to see the link between migration and climate change, even when climate is a significant factor for migration.

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Sky news

What Happens If The World Warms Up By 2°C?

In this video, Sky News outlines the severe consequences that the planet would face if the average temperature rises by 2°C. It shares the catastrophic effects this temperature change would have on the natural world and the human population and shares the changes that we will need to make in order to avoid this future. 

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Greta Thunberg (United Nations, 2019)

Greta Thunberg (Young Climate Activist) at the Climate Action Summit 2019 

What are the youth perspectives on the threat posed by climate change and the actions that have been taken to address it? In this speech to the United Nations Climate Action Summit 2019, Greta Thunberg expresses outrage at adults in power who have placed the responsibility of solving climate change on young people and endangered their futures. She points to the inadequacy of the policies that have been put in place to address the problem and calls on world leaders to take appropriate action before it is too late. 

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Chika Unigwe (The Guardian,2019)

It’s not just Greta Thunberg

Why are we ignoring the developing world’s inspiring activists?

Young people in the Global South have been tackling the climate crisis for years. They should be celebrated too! While the global media is focusing largely on Greta Thunberg as the face for youth environmental activism, many young activists from the Global South have been active way before Greta started. The work of those activists has not been covered widely by the global media, resulting in less acknowledgement of their role in fighting climate change. Read the .pdf below or the online article here >

 

 

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Additional Resources and Alternative Perspectives

Interested to learn more about this week’s topic? We have selected some materials for you. These resources consist of introductory information, in-depth texts, case studies and challenging counter perspectives.

Introductions and Definitions

Relevant Research

Additional Contexts

Other Perspectives

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