RCE Penang - 2019

AWARENESS AND EDUCATION ON CLIMATE CHANGE: A DAY FOR CLIMATE
Basic Information
Title of project : 
AWARENESS AND EDUCATION ON CLIMATE CHANGE: A DAY FOR CLIMATE
Submitting RCE: 
RCE Penang
Contributing organization(s) : 
1.Regional Centre of Expertise Education For Sustainable Development (RCE ESD) Penang, USM
2.RCE Sejahtera Youth USM (RSY)
3.Consumers Associations of Penang (CAP)
4.Third World Network (TWN)
5.Bike Commute
6.The Artivist Organisation
7.Malaysian Primatological Society (MPS)
8.Pesticide Action Network Asia Pacific (PAN AP)
9.Bakau Hijau, Merbok
10.Green Animal Shelter and Society (GRASS)
11.Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM)
12.Gibbon Society Malaysia (GPSM)
13.Laman Karya Lumut (LAKAR)
14.Persatuan Aktivis Sahabat Alam (KUASA)
15.Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM)
16.Pop & Chee Urban Education
17.World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
18.KAMY
Focal point(s) and affiliation(s)
Name: 
Dr Nurul Salmi Abdul Latip
Organizational Affiliation: 
RCE Penang, Universiti Sains Malaysia
E-mail: 
Name: 
Wan Sharipahmira Mohd Zain
Organizational Affiliation: 
RCE Penang, Universiti Sains Malaysia
Name: 
Nur Diyana Shahirah Rushdan
Organizational Affiliation: 
RCE Sejahtera Youth (RCE Penang)
Name: 
Professor Dr Munirah Ghazali
Organizational Affiliation: 
RCE Penang
Format of project: 
Report
Language of project: 
Malay Language and English
Date of submission:
Update
Additional resources: 
RCE Sejahtera Youth USM official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/rcesejahterayouth/
RCE Sejahtera Youth USM official Instagram page at rcesejahterayouthofficial
Local University Students
At what level is the policy operating?: 
National
Geographical & Education Information
Region: 
Asia-Pacific
Country: 
Malaysia
Location(s): 
Penang
Address of focal point institution for project: 
RCE Penang
Ground Floor, Block D07, Sejahtera Tower,
11800 Minden,
Universiti Sains Malaysia,
Penang, Malaysia
Socioeconomic and environmental characteristics of the area : 
The University in a Garden concept as conceptualized by USM in 2001-02 is designed to depict the close affinity between the role and function of the University as an institution of higher learning and nature as part of the global ecological setting. The flora, fauna, aquatic elements and other natural creations are dynamically linked in the exploration of knowledge into the nature of existence. The concept is an invitation to value, preserve and nurture the campus ambient as part of the efforts to create and sustain an intellectually conducive setting in order to kindle the spirit and practice of symbiotic co-existence. Furthermore, the weather in USM is gradually getting hotter and students are finding it to be more inconvenient as the day goes. Climate Day Education in USM is very much suitable because the mentioned condition of USM.
Description of sustainable development challenge(s) in the area the project addresses: 
Universities grant the highest degrees of the education system: Bachelor, Master and PhD degrees. In this way, they help shape the economic and political leaders and managers of tomorrow.
Climate change is now affecting every country on every continent. It is disrupting national economies and affecting lives, costing people, communities, and countries dearly today and even more tomorrow. Weather patterns are changing, sea levels are rising, weather events are becoming more extreme and greenhouse gas emissions are now at their highest levels in history. Without action, the world’s average surface temperature is likely to surpass 3 degrees centigrade this century. The poorest and most vulnerable people are being affected the most. At the same time, we have never had better know-how and solutions available to avert the crisis and create opportunities for a better life for people all over the world.
Climate change is not just a long-term issue. It is happening today, and it entails uncertainties for policymakers trying to shape the future. Climate change increases the costs of development in the poorest countries by between 25 and 30 percent. For developing countries, the annual cost of infrastructure that is resilient to climate change is around $1.2 trillion to $1.5 trillion, resulting in a yearly $700 billion gap in financing. It will take combining efforts of development banks, financial institutions, export credit agencies, institutional investors, and public budgets to meet the climate and development challenges.
Contents
Status: 
Completed
Period: 
May, 2019
Rationale: 
A Day 4 Climate program is an educational program for participants. This program supports a campaign on #ClimateJusticeForAll which is aim to improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction, and early warning. Through this program, USM community can participate and get exposure on action to combat climate change and its impact. In this program, we would like to expose participants to that climate change feels neither immediate nor personal, and yet climate change kills more people each year than terrorism.
Objectives: 
1.1 To increase students’ awareness on the seriousness of climate change and ways to overcome it.
1.2 To encourage people to take part in the environmental activities.
1.3 To encourage students to unite for common environmental issues that are important for everyone.
1.4 To encourage to conduct a similar environmental program.
Activities and/or practices employed: 
This project is carried out in 2 sessions:

•MORNING AND AFTERNOON SESSION
1.Exhibition Booth by various NGOs
17 different NGOs exhibit their booths at DK foyer to give exposure and education on climate change to the students of USM.
2.Quizzes and games
Games and activities such as snake and ladders, puzzles on climate changes were conducted to make sure students gain the knowledge gracefully and they do not find it burdening.
3.Pledge of USM students
Participants were asked to confess their feeling in written form and attach their ideas in a pledge that was created in a tree form which was called “The Tree of Hope”
4.Pitching sessions by NGOs
NGOs were given 5 minutes to give a sharing session respectively. They introduce and promote their field of work and expertise.
5.Talk on Youth and The Environment
A talk at Bilik Pelbagai Guna, PHS Library 1 given by three speakers in three different slots. The first speaker was Mr. Ahmad Zabri Bin Mohamed Sarajudin, MPSP Crisis Management Director – Low Carbon City. The second speaker was Miss Mariani Ramli, founder of Gibbon Protection Society Malaysia-How to Start a Conservation NGO. The third speaker was Mr. Amalen Santhananthar, coordinator of The Artivist Network- Youth and The Climate Action Movement.

•NIGHT SESSION
1.Movie Screening
A documentary on Climate change was played at DK SK2.
2.Discourse and sharing
A talk was given by Miss Evelyn Teh, senior researcher in the Climate Change Programme at The Third World Network.
Size of academic audience: 
236 participants which include committee of RCE Sejahtera Youth (RSY) and USM students, 17 NGOs and 2 State Government.
Results: 
This project ended with great success with cooperation and commitment by all the parties and participants and bring awareness on climate change among students for this particular program.
Lessons learned: 
The booth exhibition from 17 different NGOs gave great exposure to the students about climate change and also educate the students on the seriousness of this issue. The talks given by expert speaker on climate change helped students to know the measures be taken to enable each and everyone to battle against climate change. The movie screening enabled the participant to visually see the sufferings countries around the globe are going through due to climate change. Overall, the participants walked out this program with enormous knowledge and awareness on climate change.
Key messages: 
Organizer thinks the program is interactive and informative for the students especially in raising awareness and demonstrating needs environmental protection on climate change.
Relationship to other RCE activities: 
This project is one of the activities being held by RCE Sejahtera Youth (RSY), USM which involved the participants from USM. It is mainly to give exposure to waste management and environmental on climate change.

Funding: 
RCE Penang, Universiti Sains Malaysia

Pictures:

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Image icon a day for climate.jpg (4.4 MB) A Day for Climate RCE Sejahtera Youth,USM
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References and reference materials: 
UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
(https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs) and other themes of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
SDG 1 - End poverty in all its forms everywhere 
Indirect
SDG 2 - End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture 
Indirect
SDG 3 - Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages 
Indirect
SDG 4 - Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all 
Indirect
SDG 5 - Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls 
Indirect
SDG 6 - Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all 
Indirect
SDG 7 - Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all 
Direct
SDG 8 - Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all 
Indirect
SDG 9 - Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation, and foster innovation 
Indirect
SDG 10 - Reduce inequality within and among countries 
Indirect
SDG 11 - Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable 
Indirect
SDG 12 - Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns 
Direct
SDG 13 - Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts 
Direct
SDG 14 - Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development 
Direct
SDG 15 - Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification and halt and reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss 
Direct
SDG 16 - Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels 
Indirect
SDG 17 - Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development 
Direct
Theme
Disaster Risk Reduction 
Indirect
Traditional Knowledge  
Indirect
Agriculture 
Direct
Arts 
Indirect
Curriculum Development 
Indirect
Ecotourism 
Indirect
Forests/Trees 
Direct
Plants & Animals 
Direct
Waste 
Direct
Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development – Priority Action Areas
Priority Action Area 1 - Advancing policy 
Indirect
Priority Action Area 2 - Transforming learning and training environments 
Indirect
Priority Action Area 3 - Building capacities of educators and trainers 
Indirect
Priority Action Area 4 - Empowering and mobilizing youth 
Direct
Priority Action Area 5 - Accelerating sustainable solutions at local level 
Direct