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How do I sign-up?

To join, simply sign-up on http://app.climatetracker.org/

What is the speakers tour about?

Oxfam Germany in cooperation with Climate Tracker offers a unique opportunity:  A two week speakers tour through Germany for two climate activists from the Global South. This is a great opportunity to bring your voice to Germany and tell the people about the impacts of climate change on your community and region. The tour will happen in March 2017.

Why a speakers tour in Germany?

Climate change is already hitting the world’s poorest people hardest. Rich countries like Germany have contributed the most to climate change, in particular due to their massive use of dirty energy like coal. Therefore rich countries have a particular responsibility to fight climate change ambitiously and should lead the way in phasing out coal and other fossil fuels as soon as possible.

Internationally Germany is often viewed as a “climate champion”, due to its expansion of renewable energy for instance. But the flipside of the coin is that Germany is still heavily relying on coal for power generation fueling climate change dangerously day by day. However, because of its economic power and its responsibility for climate change, Germany could and should do much more to end the fossil age and become a role model for other societies.

By the speakers tour we want to raise public awareness for the impacts if climate change and emphasize the urgency to act ambitiously. In this way we want to convince people and politicians in Germany to commit to more ambitious climate action.

What will happen on the tour?

During the tour the two speakers from the South will talk about the impacts of climate change on their own live or community/country at public events and talk to politicians, journalists and climate-activists. Moreover they will visit one of the biggest coal mining regions in Europe and learn more about climate policy and climate-activism in Germany.

Who can apply?
Everyone from the Global South who fights climate change and its consequences (for example as activist or through your work). You should speak fluent English and feel comfortable to give presentations and speeches and talk to media and politicians. You also should be available for 10-14 days in March 2017 – that’s when the tour will take place

How to apply?

To be in the run for the speakers tour please write an one-page article about how climate change affects your country or your own life. Feel free to refer to personal experiences or your own work and observations.

You may write about…

…impacts of climate change on your country/region/community,

…personal experiences like impacts on your own life or your personal work/activism on  climate change,

…why it is so important to keep global temperatures below 1.5 degrees.

Submit it to us via: http://app.climatetracker.org/

Deadline: September 11

It is my first time writing, can you help me?

For sure! We have created toolkits and handbooks to make your work easier. Check here for a handbook on writing about climate change and on how to write an effective op-ed.

Here a list of other shorter toolkits that you may find useful:

7 ways to write a good introduction

8 ways to improve your writing

3 minutes guide to writing a news article

6 things you need to know when using a quotation

7 tips on doing research for your article

11 punctuation marks you need to use correctly

How to conduct an interview

Writing an effective features article

Communicating climate jargons

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