Resource Pack: Sharing the story of the Arab Youth Day of Action

• November 16, 2012

the following is an except from a recent email by our colleague & Arab Youth Climate Movement enthusiast, Anna Collins:

Dear all,

I wrote to you last week telling you about the launch of the Arab Youth Climate Movement and how we as GCCA partners and allies can help to support them. I’m now following up with a pack of resources to help you continue to support them in making change.
On Saturday (10/11/12) youth within Oman, UAE, Mauritania, Bahrain, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Egypt, Sudan, Libya, Algeria and Morocco lead the way to COP18 by creating their first ever Day of Action Calling for Arab Leadership. Many of you took to social media to support them, so first of all, thank you for that. 

The day was a huge success, these grassroots groups took a range of actions from marches to art projects, in countries where there has been very little action on climate change in the past. Many of the events began with education, laying the ground work for true long lasting climate movements in the region.

In this email we hope to provide all the info and resources you need to tell the story of the AYCM and their day of action. We hope to use this inspiring story over the next few weeks to give a face to the call for action at the COP in Qatar, but also in the longer term we hope the story will provide inspiration that can be used to illustrate that young people in the Arab region do not agree with their governments stance, and are leading the way to an Arab region which is progressive on climate change.

We hope you will take these resources, tell the story in your own way, and spread it through your own channels. 

If there’s one thing we’ve learnt in the last few years it’s not to underestimate young people in the Arab world and their potential to create change. So we hope you can help us spread their story around the world.

See below for details, photos and media coverage of the days actions across these countries + pre-set Tweets.
Additionally, look out for the work the AYCM does before, during and after COP18 – It is truly amazing to see the international youth climate movement continue to grow and continue to excite us.

The Arab Youth Climate Movement have asked me to pass on their heartfelt thanks for all your support so far.

And thanks in advance for your continuing support in sharing their story



The Story to Share

What happened on Saturday
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At the end of November, world world leaders will convene in Doha, Qatar at the 18th UN Climate Summit (COP18) to discuss what needs to be done on climate change, and that is why on November 10th, youth in the Arab region came together for the very first Arab Day of Climate Action. To remind policy makers of the urgency of climate change and push Qatar, as the host country of the UN summit, to show leadership and take a strong stance on climate action.

And here is a quick round up of what happened in the different countries

From left to right: Actions in Lebanon, Gaza and Algeria
Photos of all actions can be found here

Who are the AYCM?

The Arab Youth Climate movement is an independent body that was initiated by IndyAct and set up with support from GCCA,,and CAN International. They work to create a generation-wide movement across the Middle East & North Africa to solve the climate crisis, and to assess and support the establishment of legally binding agreements to deal with climate change issue within international negotiations.
Established in the lead up to the UNFCCC COP18 Doha negotiations, AYCM is driven by over 20 national coordinators spread across 15 MENA countries and aims to make its presence felt from the Gulf to the Atlantic.
Head to the website and the Say Hello to the AYCM blog to find out how there set themselves up in a workshop back in September.


The day of actions gained press within several of the countries some examples can be found here.

  1. – Egypt AYCM star on the Al Masry Al Youm TV channel – YouTube & on Dream TV – YouTube
Social Media

For Twitter
  • Share the story of the Arab Youth Climate Movement’s @AY_CM Day of Action on #climate
  • The Arab Youth Climate Movement @AY_CM gives us hope #climate
  • Ahead of #COP18 Arab youth mobilize for action[email protected]_CM #climate
  • The Arab Youth Climate Movement should give us hope and it does – @AY_CM #climate

For facebook

For bloggers

  • The code so you can embed the flickr slideshow on your blog
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