Originally started as a pilot project in 2009, the Environmental Sustainability Schools Programme, now known as the SAIIA Sasol Environmental Sustainability Project (ESP) is Youth@SAIIA's newest youth outreach project that combines our longstanding commitment to public education on matters of international affairs with our desire to raise awareness of the current environmental sustainability debate among young South Africans.
As a think tank with an area of research dedicated to climate change, SAIIA believes it is important for young people to understand that environmental issues go beyond littering or not turning off lights. Air and water pollution, deforestation, and food security are global concerns and many of these issues often affect people more directly in the developing world. The project is a schools outreach competition that requires teams of learners to research (through the internet, media scanning, personal interaction, etc) an assigned topic related to climate change, and to consider what possible recommendations or solutions they would propose at a local, national, regional and/or global level. Since 2011, Sasol has been the sponsor of this project.
Environmental Sustainability Project 2013
The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) would like to invite your school to participate in the 2013 SAIIA Sasol Environmental Sustainability Project (ESP)!
The project is a schools outreach competition that requires teams of learners to research an assigned topic related to environmental sustainability, and to consider what possible recommendations or solutions they would propose at a local, national, regional and/or global level. Tutoring, workshops, and resource materials are provided to each of the participating schools, and regardless of competition results, each school is invited to be involved in various programme activities throughout the year.
Environmental Sustainability Project 2012
The topic for the 2012 Environmental Sustainability Project is on Sustainable Development, with the themes of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development Rio+20 serving as the starting point for research. Issues on climate change will be brought in later in the year as learners will be asked to consider ways to incorporate these issues into the broader topic of sustainable development. In December, successful learners will be brought to Gauteng for SAIIA's Young Leaders Conference in which they will also participate in their own negotiation session to propose possible recommendations and solutions on issues related to climate change and sustainable development.
Environmental Sustainability Project 2011
South Africa will host the all-important 17th United Nations Conference of Parties (COP 17) on Climate Change in Durban later this year. Youth @ SAIIA has themed this year's Environmental Sustainability Project "Road to COP 17. Learners from Gauteng, Kwa-Zulu Natal and the Western Cape will participate in a model youth climate change negotiation at COP-17. The learners will have a chance to share their solutions for tackling the environmentally linked challenges of today. This Schools Project is funded by the United States Department of State and Sasol.
SPECIAL REPORT ON COP 17:
Read our special report on the first Youth Climate Negotiation and the creation of the South African Durban Youth and Children's Protocol at the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17) in Durban.