Climate change and its impact on children as a vulnerable group
In May, we had the honour to introduce our collaborative project Min Konvention – My Convention – at the Global Campus Human Rights Conference. My Convention is our new performing arts production, based on the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child. This is an international collaboration, with Armenian partners from Yerevan State University and Small Theatre of the National Centre of Aesthetics after Henrik lgityan. Therefore, we were especially proud to present it for the first time for an audience from different countries with a special interest in the human rights perspective. The director of the future performance, Karin Styvers, presented her plans and expectations regarding the work and the initial research. Our work at ShareMusic and the work of our partners at Small Theatre was presented as well.
The main focus of the conference was climate change and its impact on children as a vulnerable group. The event brought together experts, policymakers, representatives of States, international and non-governmental organisations and students, who shared their knowledge and expertise on this matter.
Different aspects were discussed, i.e. how climate change affects children, what legislation on national and international levels protects children’s rights and how children and adolescents can act as the agents of change. The involvement of children is an important aspect as it empowers, builds engagement and raises the capacity of future generations. Some positive cases on how to involve children and adolescents were provided. One of them is the UNDP Eurasia climate education curriculum called the Climate Box. This is a comprehensive learning toolkit, that presents up-to-date information on climate change through creative tasks, games, quizzes and experiments as well as resources for teachers. It has been introduced in Eastern Europe and Central Asia and reached out to over 50 000 children.
It was also inspiring to hear Luisa Neubauer, a climate activist from Germany, representing FridaysForFuture – school strikes for the climate movement. Luisa highlighted the importance of equality among generations in face of climate change. She raised the issue of a generational hierarchy and prejudice against children and youth, who are often being ignored in their right to influence legislation and political decisions regarding climate change.
The positive trend is that many young people are aware and concerned about climate change nowadays. Both globalisation and digitalisation have contributed to increased youth transnational cooperation and mobilisation. ”As the impact of climate change is child-sensitive, any response to it has to be child-sensitive too”, conclude the organisers of the conference. Find more information about the event on the Global Campus Caucasus website.
My Convention is a performing arts production about the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child, co-created with children, for children, about their convention. This is the first stage of a collaboration with partners in Sweden and Armenia with the overall goals to establish a sustainable cross-sectoral collaboration; to explore and create methods on using arts as a tool to work with human rights. Swedish partners of the collaboration are ShareMusic & Performing Arts and Småland’s Musik & Teater, Armenian partners are Yerevan State University and Small Theatre of the National Centre of Aesthetics after Henrik lgityan.
The project is funded by the Swedish Institute, Swedish Arts Council and the Swedish Postcode Foundation.
My Convention at the Global Campus Human Rights Conference