Building a Climate Smart Future

Tackling climate change and sustainable development is integral to achieving positive outcomes for children and young people. This is reflected in the UK Government’s Every Child Matters (ECM) policy.

However, the majority of UK children and youth organisations have yet to systematically address climate change through their work. IDS, in collaboration with the National Children’s Bureau (a Children in a Changing Climate partner), is attempting to reverse this by helping to make UK children and youth organisations ‘climate smart’.

The climate smart approach focuses on enabling organisations to effectively manage the risks and opportunities presented by climate change. Through a series of workshops, the project will assist the participating organisations to identify the challenges that climate change brings to that organisation and identify strategies for addressing them. The project will develop a tailored action plan for each organisation that sets out the steps that the organisation needs to take to become climate smart.

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Further Information

We will produce a number of publications and host a knowledge sharing event which will publicise the learning and outcomes of this project:

• A background briefing on why climate change matters to children and youth organisations in the UK.• A ‘climate smart’ children and youth organisations toolkit that makes recommendations for a series of processes that organisations could consider implementing in order to best respond to climate change. • knowledge sharing event with all the participating organisations, other children’s voluntary organisations, Government departments and other key stakeholders. • A policy brief outlining the child-centred policy implications arising from the workshops with a set of recommendations.

Key contacts

Fran Seballos

Global Partnerships and Alumni Officer


+44 (0)1273 915783

Project details

start date
1 January 2009
end date
1 January 2010


In partnership with
National Children's Bureau
Supported by
Baring Foundation

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