Energy Ethics Productions ÂŠ Annual Report 2009 Copenhagen - Denmark
Energy Ethics The story behind Energy Ethics started in April 2008, when seven students from Roskilde University started a discussion group about energy and climate change. The idea of making a studentled consultancy based on the carbon market was then considered. The initiative triggered off a discussion on the potential of making use of youth and student organisations to implement projects related to energy and climate change, especially for lowcost technology transfer and knowledge-sharing. After one year of liaison-activities in South Africa and several participations in carbon markets conferences, the organisation started to look critically at the prospects of market-based solutions to developing countries’ problems including climate change and energy poverty alleviation. The organisation got restructured and the decision of establishing a consultancy was paused in September 2008. It was Energy Ethics’ participation at the Fourteenth Conference of Parties in Poznan, Poland that shifted the efforts of the organisation to a non-profit ethical call for addressing the challenges of energy poverty, climate change mitigation and adaptation. Even though, Energy Ethics continues its presence on global conference related to carbon markets, our aim is different and the organisation has been more focused on understanding energy solutions from a bottom-up perspective and gathering a network of young professionals interested in the tenets of sustainable development at different levels of inter-action. The organisation focuses on the principles of social justice and it started looking critically at solutions in the carbon market and bringing constructive criticism through advocacy and lobbyism at different international forums. It is still an ongoing debate in our daily endeavours to find the balance within the market-based solutions and a profound shift in the values and norms shaping livelihoods worldwide. Since our participation at COP14, a great interaction with the leaders, negotiators and the international climate youth movement has been growing. However, it is still a quandary if a sustainable, just, equal and fair energy future is possible without considering a thoughtful pledge for climate and energy justice. Therefore, our focus on participatory democracy in international climate change negotiations has been established. It was clear to the members of the organisation that to continue working from a bottom-up perspective, many of our activities should support socio-economic development at local level and by supporting directly voluntary and passionate grassroots movements. This methodology has proved to be right. The motivation for understanding further the current state of affairs related to energy and climate change is better achieved when people are included in the decision-making process and empowered to be part of the change they want to see. Based on this experience, we decided just after COP14 to enhance a moral duty through the central tenets promoted by advocates of participatory democracy and deliberative processes of decision-making. This makes the organisation to consult and use findings of recent research regarding social movements and organisations expressing values such as solidarity, collaboration, and cooperative thinking. After almost two years of work, the consolidation of Energy Ethics’ endeavours were gathered in 2009 under the pillars of Empowerment. For that reason the organisation has settled a strong focus on creating spaces for youth from under-represented countries, communities and peoples to participate in international climate change negotiations. This move led the organisation to review the youth leadership and responsiveness to such initiatives and to take the lead as a learning-process activity, as we were the first organisation to demand a stronger Southern youth participation at UNFCCC level, and the first organisation to make a South-South youth inter-regional meeting to discuss and strategize actions before a Conference of Parties.
a short history
The organization conducted periodic surveys of youth at national, sub-regional, regional and international level, simply by asking young people associated with different programs what they want and where they want to see their initiatives heading. This process involved decision-making about both program content (such as the focus of instruction or the target of a socialaction campaign for youth inclusion in international climate change negotiations) and organizational direction (through the representation of young people on the organization of the project). Energy Ethics is proud to confirm that this type of methodology opened the doors of the organisation to an amazing group of young leaders and shaped the characteristics of the organisation into the so-called knowledge management arena. This approach had the characteristics of leading the youth in horizontal manner, which is not always simple; there are tensions associated with it, especially between young people's interests and needs, and between responsibility and engagement. It was confirmed through our first two years of hard work that Energy Ethics will continue supporting youth, not to create leaders, but to empower them. Open dialogue and a platform of trust for inclusion are the bases for young peoples’ empowerment. It is our opinion that we cannot educate people how to get empowered, this is rather an active learning-process activity that is built through active participation and confrontation with realities that decide peoples’ lives at different social levels of decisionmaking. Young people usually take themselves very seriously at high level of negotiation processes. From that point of view we believe that the emphasis on youth participation and engagement at international negotiations incorporates many aspects, but at least three principles of action were settled as important for our organisation: • that participation be developmental, • that it be holistic, • and that it recognize young people as agents of change in their own right. The learning experiences of Energy Ethics since it started have included ups and downs, but as any other learning experience in itself, we realise that the work we do as a think tank based on peoples’ knowledge and action, is a living experience. We have gathered amazing friendships and partnerships. We have created solid collaborations with private and public organisations as well as strengthening our relationships with civil society in developing countries. Our mode of work not only undermines the traditional conceptualisation of policy institutes or research activities based on elite groups of society, but we have been able to create a networkbased think tank that acknowledge and reflects the concerns of peoples and communities with issues related to energy and climate change. We see our future with great optimism and looking at energy security strategies from a bottom-up perspective and willing to promote a fruitful debate related to energy and climate change in Denmark and internationally. We are still a small organisation with a lot to learn, but we believe that to demolish myths to confront realities it is pathway that has given us a better understanding of the science and the moral behind the solutions attached to the energy sector and its axis with the human aspects of climate change mitigation and adaptation. We will like to thank all collaborators and partners that during 2009 brought our dream to a reality and we are more than thankful for sharing your experiences with us. Walter J. Sánchez Co-Founder & President Energy Ethics Denmark
African Youth at
African Youth at UNFCCC Level We assured the participation of African youth in international climate change negotiations in Bangkok and Copenhagen. Energy Ethics managed to secure the participation of 4 African youth (representing Uganda, Togo, Kenya and Ghana) at the Bangkok Climate Talks and 10 participants at the Fifteenth Conference of Parties - COP15 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The selected African team for Bangkok included is conformed by: 1. 2. 3. 4.
Grace Mwaura - Kenya Kenneth Nana Amoateng- Ghana David Ssemwogerere- Uganda Akpadja Yaogan - Togo
The selected African team for Copenhagen included: 1. Dr. Mohamed Fouad Bergigui - Morroco 2. Tamoifo Nkom Marie – Cameroon 3. Glagize Liyunesh Yohannes – Ethiopia 4. Abel Musulmali – Zambia 5. Anesu Patience Makina – Zimbabwe 6. James Hallowell – Sierra Leone 7. Esther Kelechi Agbarakwe - Nigeria 8. Grace Mwaura - Kenya 9. Kenneth Nana Amoateng- Ghana 10. David Ssemwogerere- Uganda After an elaborated selection process led by Energy Ethics and AYICC, a team of 10 African youth were also selected to represent Uganda, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Cameroon, Ghana, Zambia, Morocco, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Togo and Nigeria. This team was part of a larger African youth participation of more than 60 African youth, especially from Sub-Saharan African. A two-days capacity building workshops and an inter-regional youth meeting on climate change were put together by Energy Ethics to unite and prepare the African team before COP15.
The team Walter J. Sanchez, President of Energy Ethics and Michael Plesner, President of Energy Crossroads Denmark, were spearheading the efforts of enhancing the African youth before and during COP15. The efforts were enhanced by an amazing voluntary team gathered by Energy Ethics and Energy Crossroads Denmark, which supported logistics and communication for the African team. Michael Plesner from Energy Crossroads managed the budget and organised two social activities for the African team, Energy Ethics provided a narrative report of the activities as we designed the content of the capacity building activities and we continue monitoring the AYICC process closely to support concrete projects on the field. Energy Ethics wanted the visit of the African team to be as conformable and valuable as possible. However, as in any other venture our team is humble to acknowledge the recommendations outlined by the African team, and we feel that this experience enriches future opportunities by taking lessons learned to a higher professional level of implementation.
Outcomes • Two workshops: Research, Industry/Carbon Markets and Civil Society • One South-South Youth Inter-regional Meeting on Climate Change • 10 African youth represented at COP15 • Strong connection to youth from Africa and the consolidation of AYICC’s Board - African Youth Initiative on Climate Change
Learning Managing the process and funds allowing the African delegation to have a meaningful stay in Copenhagen was not easy. Energy Ethics has learned through Energy Crossroads a lot about consolidating contracts, management of per diem, building meaningful workshops, coping with cultural differences, flexibility and flight schedules! One great learning has been how hospitality releases happiness within guests, but certainly also within our voluntary staff that have learned about African culture in an interactive manner. These lessons make our partnerships with local leaders stronger and our abilities to understand our different cultural contexts in form of advantage and enriching experiences.
Grace Mwaura responding a question from the audience regarding the African youth movements on climate change. At her right Deepa Gupta leader of the Indian Youth Action Network, and Damiรกn Profeta, involved in youth movements in Latin America since he was 12 years old.
Accountability Target Group A . Capacity building - Southern Training and capacity participants building activities brought to (seminar, courses, DK for the workshops, study COP trips) of civil society actors in developing countries. Activities for "internal" actors, incl partners.
Countries represented Country location among participants Denmark Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Morocco, Togo, Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Cameroon, Zambia and Zimbabwe
B . African Youth Par- Bangkok ticipation C . African Youth Par- Copenhagen ticipation
Implementation partners and methods Energy Ethics Methods: Team building activities, COP15 capacity activities, meetings with representatives from Danish research, NGO's and business (networking sessions). Reception (networking).
Actual Estimated time of spending* implementation (in DKK) 1st of December '09 - 04th og December '09
*All funds spent were administrated by Energy Crossroads and accounted in a financial report delivered to Nature & Youth and 92Gruppen. Unspent funds were returned to the donor. Energy Ethics facilitated, implemented and continues monitoring the project at a voluntary basis.
Collaborators in 2009
Energy Ethics Annual Report - 2009