IVS for Climate Justice Programme

General description of the programme:

IVS for Climate Justice is a worldwide programme taking place in over 100 countries, coordinated by CCIVS (A global network focusing on International Voluntary Service), bringing together the activities of five International Voluntary Service networks, CCIVS, Service Civil international (SCI), The International Building Organisation (IBO), Alliance of European Voluntary Service organisations and Network for Voluntary Development Asia (NVDA). It engages volunteers with local communities to work on grassroots projects that combine manual work and awareness raising actions. These address issues such as climate change, carbon offset, environmental sustainability, protection of ecosystems, water and soil management and conservation.

What is Climate Justice for the IVS Movement?

As a matter of principle, climate change is a global challenge affecting the entire world and humanity as a whole. At a closer look, however, people most responsible for anthropogenic climate change and those most affected by its consequences differ. Geographical location, economic status as well as means to act may determine the vulnerability of individuals living today. Apart from that, scientists predict increasingly severe consequences of climate change for generations yet to come. The concept of climate justice addresses this unequal allocation of benefits and burdens by relating climate change to matters of social justice and human rights.

As part of the International Voluntary Service (IVS) movement, we consider climate justice as an inevitable brick in building a sustainable future and creating a just and fair society. Our members, projects and activities stretch across the entire globe, uniting people of all ages and backgrounds. IVS projects and activities are a powerful tool to support local communities worldwide, and allow to reallocate resources and capacities. By taking active steps against climate change and demonstrating solidarity with most vulnerable population groups and peoples, we assume our responsibility in the global sustainability challenge and seek to do our part in attaining climate justice.

Each year our short term workcamps represent:


Our institutional partners supporting this project: The Council of Europe – European Youth Foundation, Erasmus+ programme of the European Union, The Technical University of Santa Fe Argentina, The University of Illinois USA

The programme is featured on the UNESCO Green Citizens platform

What is International Voluntary Service?

International Voluntary Service aims to pursue peace in a world of mutual respect and understanding. It acts as a catalyst for change within individuals and society, helping break down prejudices and stereotypes. It strengthens local and global civil society and promotes active participation and shared learning

CCIVS is an international non-governmental organisation engaged in the field of International Voluntary Service (IVS). Created under the aegis of UNESCO in 1948, CCIVS is a global network bringing together more than 200 international and national organisations from all over the world, which actively engage in community-based projects and include the participation of over 40.000 volunteers per year (long and short term).

CCIVS is in official partnership – associate status with UNESCO, it holds special consultative status with ECOSOC and Liaison status with the FAO.


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