The Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Working Group aims to enhance the role of young scientists in advancing understanding and informing decisions in a changing climate.
You can watch the group’s videos on the GYA Climate Change channel on YouTube here.
For GYA members and alumni only: connect to the group, collaborate and discuss with other members on the GYA-internal Agora platform here.
Members of the group contributed to producing a policy brief on “Toward a comprehensive approach to youth empowerment for climate action” for the T20 task force 2 (Climate change and environment). T20 is an engagement group that contributes to the G20 by providing research-based policy recommendations to the G20.
In October, the working group co-leads, Shabana Khan (India) and Khamarrul Razak (Malaysia) as well as member Chioma Daisy Onyige (Nigeria) participated in the 2019 Global Development Conference on the theme of “Knowledge for Sustainable Development: The Research Policy Nexus” in Bonn, Germany. See here for a short report.
The group launched a GYA Climate Change channel on YouTube in October 2019.
Group co-lead Shabana Khan (India) will participate in a session on ‘Water challenges for the 2030 Agenda in the face of climate change’ at the World Social Science Forum in Japan in September 2018.
Group member Jackie Dawson (Canada) is one of the lead authors for the upcoming 6th Assessment Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
The group currently works on a survey project on ‘Archiving Global Risk Perception, Communication and Response to Flooding’. Flooding is a leading attributed cause of deaths from natural disasters across the world. In 2018, by 20 September, more than 2,300 people have been killed and five million people were affected across 60 countries in over 130 flood events (http://watchers.news/category/floods/). There are a few global projects that have a repository of the global data for flood occurrences, resultant disasters and potential impact of climate change. However, there is a gap in global studies that brings varied perception, communications, and response together, particularly on the basis of primary data. The group members are aiming to bridge this gap through an initial flood assessment of three case study sites from India, Bangladesh and Malaysia, and subsequently extending it to other parts of the world. At these workshops, data will be collected about various issues relating to climate change and flooding. The workshop in India took place in August 2018.
Group members will participate in the ‘International Conference on Geomatic and Geospatial Technology‘ in September 2018 in Malaysia.
The group is currently developing a project in collaboration with the World Meteorological Organization’s Social and Economic Research Applications working group for the Year of Polar Prediction.
Previously, the Working Group worked with the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the UN Foundation to ensure the representation of young scientists at regional international climate workshops.
They also collaborated on the development of a session that included emphasis on young scientists for an international climate-change conference. The Working Group has also been exploring options for hosting online conversations about timely and relevant climate challenges of interest to young scientists and citizens.
Panel “Transforming Society and Science for Sustainability – Addressing Challenges in Transdisciplinary Research”, “Our Common Future Under Climate Change” conference, 7-10 July 2015, Paris, France
The Working Group members co-developed the session, “Transforming Society and Science for Sustainability – Addressing Challenges in Transdisciplinary Research” for the “Our Common Future Under Climate Change” conference, held from 7-10 July 2015 in Paris, France: http://www.commonfuture-paris2015.org/. This four-day conference was the largest forum for the scientific community to come together ahead of the 21st UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)’s Conference of the Parties (COP21), which will be hosted by France in December 2015.
Building on the results of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s 5th Assessment Report (AR5), the conference addressed key issues concerning climate science and societal responses. The entities organizing the conference included key collaborators of the GYA, such as ICSU, Future Earth, and UNESCO. Input to the session was led by Jauad El Kharraz and Laura Petes and informed by many working group members, including Manjur Karim, Jeremy Kerr, and Prateep Beed, among others. Jauad co-convened the session in Paris, and Julia Baum delivered remarks on the role of young scientists in advancing understanding and sustainable solutions associated with climate change.