What is the Climate Action Day about?

The 23rd World Climate Conference will take place in Germany and will be presided over by the Fiji Islands. Diplomats, politicians and representatives of civil society from all over the world will meet from 6-17 November in Bonn.

Already 25 years ago, in 1992, the international community and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) targeted a stabilization of greenhouse gas concentration in the atmosphere at a level that mitigates the human-induced climate change.

In 1997 at the third conference of the Framework Convention on Climate Change the Kyoto Protocol was adopted, setting for the first time, at least for the industrialized countries, internationally binding targets for limiting and reducing emissions of greenhouse gases.

The first commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol ended up in 2012 and was prolonged until 2020. A working group, the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action was established in 2012 with the target of developing an agreement committing all states to legally-binding targets.

Therefore the World Climate Conference in Paris 2015 was awaited with great expectations. Above all, a strong civil society applied huge pressure on the participating politicians and representatives. In the end the COP 21 in Paris was celebrated as a great success, because for the first time the ministers presented a climate protection treaty. The mutual goal: the rise in global temperature is to be held to well below 2°C and on the long run even to 1.5°C. A landmark on international level?!

The Climate Action Day is a worldwide movement of young people who are not indifferent to climate change and global injustice. United we are strong for climate protection! We point up alternative opportunities for action and learn from each other.

Become part of the worldwide movement and show the world what young people can achieve – on their own, with friends, with your youth group or school class. Win friends, acquaintances or your family over to participate in a conscious commitment to environment and climate protection during one day or week in November. Why should we leave it to the politicians to decide on the future of our planet Earth?

Action Idea 1

Bike manifestation for climate friendly traffic

Cars belong to largest emitters of greenhouse gases.

But nevertheless streets seem to belong to them. With a colorful, loud bike tour you can advocate a better transport policy making clear that in the future the environmental alliance has priority – as there are public transport, pedestrians and cyclists. With a small party at the end you can even catch more attention, get to talk with the people and learn new things.

Action Idea 2

Football game for climate protection

Young people all over the world like football. Why not use this game in order to inform and sensitize youth on questions of climate change and climate protection?

In the municipality of Siantar, Indonesia, for example, four teams with members of youth churches took part in a big football competition for the climate and shared information on issues of climate change along the competition with seminars, posters and banners.

Action Idea 3

Photo gallery on the impacts of climate change

The consequences of climate change are already visible in many regions of the earth: storms have destroyed landscapes, lakes shrunk considerably in size, and water shortages are destroying agriculture plants.

At the same time, people can see with their own eyes, how society contributes to climate change for example by destroying forests and building ‚dirty‘ power plants. Why not document these changes through photos and videos?

A youth church in Indonesia did so last year. They recorded threats to nature and uploaded them to the social media on our Climate Action Day.


Preparation Team of the Climate Action Day:
Evangelical Church of Westphalia
United Evangelical Mission
One World Network NRW


Please post your ideas, tell about your actions and find sympathizers on www.facebook.org/climateactionday

Please ask our preparation team, if you need any help:

Europe: Yvonne Afflerbach, info@climateactionday.org
Asia: Homar Distajo, uem.ojp.medan@gmail.com
Africa: Rev. Dr. Kahongya Kambale, kahongyabwiruka1@gmail.com

Yvonne Afflerbach
Institute for Mission, Ecumenism and Global Responsibility
Olpe 35 // 44135 Dortmund // Phone + 49 231-540976