World Children’s Day 2020
Climate crisis and the environment: Reimagine
World Children’s Day is UNICEF’s global day of action for children, by children, marking the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) on November 20.
This year the theme is Climate Crisis and the Environment because this significantly impacts children and young people. Without action now, the climate crisis will exacerbate the inequalities that children already face, and future generations will suffer.
Read on to be inspired by many young changemakers, listen to their suggestions for how we can build a better future, and find out how you can also make a difference.
Join us to celebrate World Children’s Day and reimagine a better world for every child!
Young people from all over the world have begun to take action. Some are advocating for their governments, for greener, more sustainable solutions. Some are focusing on clean water, or bio-solar alternative energy. Some are developing tech-based applications for education, and other young people are tapping into their skills to speak up for climate action.
Get to know the inspiring young changemakers in Indonesia, each making a difference on environmental issues in their communities.
Arisya Ghina Ramadhani
She works as the Communications Manager for FAM (Family Farm), a social enterprise based in Lintau, West Sumatra, that aims to empower local youth to improve the welfare of their communities through sustainable, community-based agro-education and the preservation of Lintau nature and culture.
Dita is an indigenous youth activist who works to empower youth on issues of social justice, indigenous culture and rights, and the protection of forests in Kalimantan. During the forest fires in 2019, she and other activists handed out N95 masks to the public and organized a youth climate strike, which lasted 8 days and resulted in an agreement signed by the provincial government to fulfil the demands of the protestors.
Riyan volunteers at Lumajang Eksotik, an organization that provides clean water through the “Hidram” non-electricity water pump. The project involves local women and young people and helps to provide access to clean water across sub-districts in East Java.
Esterlina Virginia Muabuay
Esterlina started by herself, like trying to reduce the use of single-use plastics. She is also keen on educating people around her on how to be more environment-friendly. As part of Duta Pepelingasih, Esterlina is involved as the initiator in various beach clean-up actions, such as at Payum Beach, Merauke. She also acts as mangrove conservation fighter in Youtefa Bay and Yoboi in Jayapura City.
Defrin Jordi Patikaloba
Defrin volunteers at Sekolah Mimpi (School of Dreams) where he raises awareness about the impact of waste on marine biodiversity. He is involved in a number of eco-activities in his community, including a campaign to encourage people to bring their own bottles to school, training others how to make ecobricks (a plastic bottle packed tight with used plastic to make a reusable building block), and soapmaking from oil waste.
Backed by her academic background in Information Systems, Titik developed Seawith, a digital investment platform based in equity-crowdfunding, along with her friend, Muhammad Adil. Supported by a social and environmental approach, Seawith aims to empower seaweed farmers and to make use of plastic bottle waste as an alternative fund for investment.
Lukman Maulana Hasan
Lukman participated this year in the UNICEF Digital Innovation Challenge.Together with his peers from SMKN 64 Jakarta, he co-created a game called Tractor Chicken Trash which invites users to search for the closest trash in a real time location and properly dispose of the trash they find.
As #YokStartYok Starter from heySTARTIC which focuses on recycling innovation, Dilla gave the inspiration that gardening can actually be done by using used items to replace plant pots. Especially during the pandemic, Dilla has planted and cared for nine new plants by utilizing used plastic cups, packaging wrappers, and other things that woudl have otherwise been wasted.
Climate crisis and young people
Children and young people from across the country have been sharing their opinions, ideas, hopes and stories on the impact of climate crisis and what they are doing about it.
In October, around 1,000 children and young people from across Indonesia participated in poll and discussion to share their perspectives on the impact of climate crisis and the environment around them, to share their hopes for the future, and to take action for the environment.
In November, U-Report has launch chatbot on climate action. Use this chatbot to get relevant information on climate facts and climate action, and do the quiz to test your knowledge!
World Children's Day live event
Watch the recording of our livestream event, with participation from young changemakers in the field of climate change and the environment, to discuss issues they care about, including challenges and solutions.
Watch Nicholas Saputra, UNICEF Indonesia’s National Ambassador discussing environmental issues with each of the young changemakers, answering questions, and sharing his own thoughts on the impact of climate change on children and young people.
COVID-19 Diaries 'Reimagine'
UNICEF's COVID-19 Diaries campaign invites young people to tell their stories about COVID-19 and take action.
In celebration of World Children’s Day, we created a special edition of COVID-19 Diaries ‘Reimagine’ where we ask young people to share what they want for their future. Check out some selected work below!
What you can do
Start small, aim big. Find things you can easily do during your daily routine to help protect the environment, starting with these 3 simple steps!
1. Start with a small individual action
Plant a tree, avoid single-use plastics, save electricity, bike, bring your own bag when you shop. They are only a few of the many things you can do to make an impact!
Get creative to save the environment, like creating a tee-tote bag to bring your things. Learn how to do it here!
3. Become an advocate
Stay informed, read a lot, and learn as much as you can about climate crisis and the environment. If you see interesting content, share it so people in your network see it too.
Let's educate ourselves to educate others and act together!