UNIC Bujumbura co-organized with the 350 Burundi Network for Climate Change, a media workshop to promote the twentieth session of the Conference of the Parties and the tenth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol, which takes place in Lima the capital city of Peru, from 1 to 12 December 2014. The media workshop took place at the UNIC on 8 December 2014.
The National Information Officer (NIO) for UNIC Bujumbura presided over and moderated the session which included presentations by 350 Burundi experts on the project, "shift the power” on climate change. They also presented the situation of climate threats in Burundi with reference to recent torrential rains which hit for ten hours in North of Bujumbura city, killing at least 60 people, in February 2014.
350 Burundi took the opportunity of the media workshop to present its achievements since it started activities in 2009. This NGO organised the first global day of action on climate change in Burundi. Individuals, youth and environmental groups became very excited about the action. 350 Burundi organised the Global Work Party to promoted renewable sources of energy at local level.
The NGO is also working on capacity building and educational activities in secondary schools. They took part in 'Moving Planet Day' at National University, an event that mobilized over 700 participants. The group helped in preparing the Trans-African caravan of hope on climate change, a journey that departed from Bujumbura to Durban, South Africa.
350 Burundi Network for Climate Change is a non-profit organization which supports the work of local climate activists across Burundi, assuring capacity building activities and campaigning to fight the threat of climate change in homes and communities.
The number 350 means climate safety: to preserve a liveable planet, scientists tell us we must reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere from its current level of 400 parts per million to below 350 ppm. But 350 is more than a number—it's a symbol of where we need to head as a planet.
“We think that taking collective action is one of the most powerful ways that we can make change, so we spend a lot of time and energy figuring out how to get people together”, said the Legal Representative of 350 Burundi .
Engaging the journalists to put the climate change on their editorial agenda, the 350 Burundi Representatives said that a general movement can hold our leaders accountable to the realities of science and the principles of justice. That movement is rising from the bottom up all over the world, and is uniting to create the solutions that will ensure a better future for all.
The journalists were interested in learning about the national youth movement and their commitment to raise the national awareness on climate change. Around 40 journalists participated in the workshop.