A Youth Photography Program for Environmental Advocacy
21st – 28th of March 2023
About the project
The preservation of natural habitats is essential for the survival of a wide variety of plant and animal species and for the ecological processes that support life on Earth. Natural habitats provide various ecosystem services, such as air and water purification, soil conservation, climate regulation, and even recreation and tourism opportunities. They also play a critical role in maintaining the biodiversity of our planet, which is essential for the well-being of current and future generations.
Although young people in rural and disadvantaged areas may be aware of the importance of natural habitats and the threats they face, they do not have the skills or resources to communicate this message and advocate for their preservation effectively.
CWYPP aimed to empower young people from rural and disadvantaged areas to use photography as a tool to raise awareness about the importance of preserving natural habitats in their communities and beyond.
To increase the knowledge and understanding of the importance of preserving natural habitats among young people from rural and disadvantaged areas.
To develop the photography skills of young people from rural and disadvantaged areas in order to effectively communicate the importance of preserving natural habitats.
To increase the motivation of young people from rural and disadvantaged areas to take action to preserve natural habitats.
ACTIVITIES AND METHODES
Before we dive in further, let’s highlight a few key things we did to reach our project goals. We concentrated on seven main areas:
1. Photography workshops: Participants took part in a series of workshops and hands-on activities that introduced them to the basic concepts and techniques of photography.
2. Field trips: Participants went on field trips to natural habitats in our local community, where they had the opportunity to take photographs and learn about the importance of preserving these habitats.
3. Photography assignments: Participants were given photography assignments that challenged them to develop their skills and understanding of the importance of preserving natural habitats.
4. Discussions and debates: Participants engaged in group discussions and debates about the importance of preserving natural habitats, and the role of photography in raising awareness about environmental issues.
5. Networking: Participants had the opportunity to meet and network with other young people from different countries and backgrounds, and learn from each other’s experiences.
6. Cultural activities: Participants had the opportunity to participate in cultural activities that helped them learn more about the partners’ countries and cultures.
7. Photo exhibition: Participants had the opportunity to showcase their photographs online and present their work to the wider public.
We managed to create five photo stories that spotlighted different environmental issues, a remarkable achievement that not only showcased talent but also raised awareness on critical concerns.
We gained lots of skills such as effective communication, teamwork, creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving and we developed a deeper understanding of environmental preservation.
This project was more than just learning – it was about making memories, building friendships, and embracing different cultures.
Denial – When we turn a blind eye to the problems surrounding us.
Depression – The weight of the world bearing down on us.
Anger – Burning with frustration about the mess we’ve created and our planet’s suffering.
Acceptance – The moment we face the truth and muster the courage to act.
Hope – The spark that lights the way to a brighter, cleaner future.
This powerful photostory serves as a reminder of our emotional journey as we strive to overcome the challenges of waste and pollution, encouraging us to be the change we wish to see in the world.
And what would be all without us?
“I joined this project not knowing much about photography or ecology. It was an amazing experience where I learned how to use a camera and how to edit photos. More importantly, I learned about environmental issues that we all share no matter where we come from. I also got to work with people from other countries which taught me about teamwork and improved my English. The most valuable part? I made new friends and gained a new hobby – photography!”
“This project was great and fun! I learned how to use a camera better, especially the manual mode, and how to make photos look better in Lightroom. Now, I really want to get my own camera.“
“Before this project, I didn’t know how to edit a picture or the basic rules of taking photos. Now, after learning from the more skilled people in our group, I know these things. I also got to use a professional digital camera and learned more about professional editing programs.“
“I learned a lot about nature and how to keep it safe. I also made friends from different countries. It was really fun. Thank you!“
“I learned how to take pictures and about problems with our nature. The best part was working with people from other countries. I will miss them all…“
Oh… yeah! of course we also shared our experience with others!
Picturing some numbers…
The project “Climate Watch: A Youth Photography Program for Environmental Advocacy” was co-funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor EACEA can be held responsible for them.