ISSN: 2582-788X (Online)
Exploring strategies for climate action: An active engagement by Active Citizens
Climate change has become one of the biggest threats and defining issues the world has ever faced. According to the many lines of evidence it is proven that human actions like burning of fossil fuels are the major cause of the problem. It has resulted in disrupting national economies and affecting each and every human life and the environment. The climate change has made its footprints especially in every aspect of global context, from shifting of weather patterns which is a threat for food production to rising sea levels that would intensify the risk of disastrous flooding. There is a need to act urgently adopting sustainable remedial measures along with international cooperation and knowledge sharing. Drastic action with the frameworks of adaptation and mitigation is recommended for climate change. British Council, through the Active Citizens programme, is being engaged with youth in addressing climate change and issues arising from the same and acts in collaboration with University of Jaffna as well. The participants of the AC programme are required to do social action projects addressing climate change issues. The researchers of this paper, being facilitators of the Active Citizen programmes for the undergraduates of University of Jaffna investigate in this paper the causes of climate change in the respective areas of the selected undergraduates, the nature of their projects, the influence of the projects in the framework of mitigation and adaptation in mixed method approach. The participants of the research are 34 undergraduates reading their BA degree in the Department of Translation Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Jaffna. Due to the pandemic scenario their projects were conducted online. The results of the study, to a certain extent, have proven that the projects are not only assisting to the mitigation and adaptation frameworks but also have highly increased the motivation and awareness among youth and have ensured their active participation and engagement in climate change action.