THE Pasifika Youth Climate Leadership Workshop 2011 which ended in Sigatoka on Thursday brought together youths from 13 Pacific nations to learn about the implications of climate change.
Organised by Project Survival Pacific (PSP), a youth group formed in an attempt to amplify the Pacific voice on climate change issues, the workshop allowed PSP to connect with Pacific youths and learn their views, expectations, and ideas on solutions to the region's climate change problems
Fifty Pacific youths descended on Sigatoka this week in a bid to become climate change leaders in their own countries and safeguard the future of the Pacific region from the impacts of climate change.
The second of its kind, the workshop brings together young people who will be trained to run further workshops and projects at schools and villages when they return to their countries.
The four-day workshop involved brainstorming sessions on climate change solutions, sessions on the climate knowledge and science and lessons on public narratives.
"This workshop will help us (PSP) in putting together a Pacific youth delegation to represent the voices of Pacific youths on climate change and submit their views at the United Nations Climate Change Negotiations in Durban, South Africa this December," explained Krishneil Narayan, the Pacifika Climate Leadership program co-founder and spokesperson for PSP.
"Participants will develop a three-year plan for Pacific youth action on climate change; identify how to support each other as Pacific youth climate leaders.
"They will also learn new communication skills to tell their stories of climate impacts with the rest of the world."