Silent Movie by Students: Captain Climate Needs You!

Captain Climate needs you! Watch how the incredible Captain Climate is gathering support to save the climate. Fight CO2, Charlie-Chaplin-Style.

The video was realized for Hot Stuff Climate Net at the Youth Encounter on Sustainability (YES) in Elsamere, Naivasha (Kenya) in November 2012 by an international student group. Thank you, Luís Miguel, Jenny, Maike, Federico, Micheline, Faith, Johanes, Lina, Andreas!

What do you do to support Captain Climate?

Share your idea to save the climate as a comment here!


YES Course Participants: Climate Presents are FUN!

In June, a Swiss class sent a video message to their environment minister Doris Leuthard who got the message at the UN suststainability conference in Rio. Now, the YES course participants in Serbia answered – and created a fun video answer (with an even funnier Making Of at the end)! Weiterlesen

To a Child

How would you explain climate change to a child?

“I would tell him that we didn’t take care of mother Earth and made her ill. She’s got fever and a sore throat. Now we have to economize her gifts, put less poisonous gases into the air and wait until she gets better.”

Sarah Seiler, Switzerland


“The earth could be one giant fruit tree. The insects and birds surrounding it is the atmosphere that helps sustain life on earth. Among them are caterpillars, which stand for carbon in the atmosphere, that are harmless in small numbers but disastrous in plenty.”

Silvia Nashipae, Kenya

Like Sarah and Silvia, members of our community answer this question in creative and enlightening ways. See the contributions here.

Youth Voices on Durban Climate Conference

The Climate Change Conference 2011

From Monday, November 28 to Friday, December 9, 2011, the eyes of the world lie on the South African city of Durban where the 17th United Nations Climate Chance Conference is held. The Conference brings together representatives of the world’s governments, international organizations and the civil society.

While the parties seek to advance policies and agreements to tackle Climate Change on a global level, every individual and every community has got its own Climate Change stories, images and experiences. Thus, Climate Change is an issue with both global and local dimensions.

Sharing Perspectives

The Hot Stuff Chill Out Blog wants to share those perspectives and brings together the views of people from all over the world. Where do they see the consequences of Climate Change in their daily lifes? How do their friends, their families or the people they meet on the street talk about it? What do the media in their countries say? What do they expect from Durban 2011?

If we share our thoughts and our perspectives, we may be able to realize more clearly that there isn’t more that one world on our only planet. Ultimately, what we share is bigger than what may divide us: It is the responsibility for our actions’ consequences on earth and on the conditions we all live in. This is the message of the Hot Stuff Chill Out Blog going out to the decision makers at the Conference in Durban.

Host Stuff Chill Out 2010 – we’re growing

2010 has seen outbreaks of extreme weather in many regions of the world. No one can say with certainty that events such as the flooding in Pakistan, the unprecedented weather episodes in some parts of the US, the heatwave and drought in Russia, or the floods and landslides in northern China were influenced by climate change. Yet they constitute a stark warning. Extreme weather events will grow in frequency and intensity as the world warms.

The HotStuffCHillOut network is growing

The year 2010 starts as 2009 has ended: with another couragious speech in front of hundreds of young people at the Film Festival. Think tanks in Basel (Switzerland), Nakuru (Kenya), Kampala (Uganda) and Dharamsala asked how do we want to live in the future. Kampala came up with a real piece of art. Nakurus farm was outstanding! In Basel more than 200 kids worked on the city oft he future, also Dharamsala did amazing stuff: Zero-carbon towns with lovely green space and high biodiversity are what we want! Houses are built out of recycled materials, high recycling rates anyway, urban gardens provide people with local vegetables. Jobs need to be accessible by walking or cycling, two days per week home office is open to anyone. Shops and schools in walking distance. Real model towns – we know how to make them so let’s act! Speaking of role models.

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A class in Zurich (Switzerland) was looking for climate heros. A famous hotel exhibited the portraits. A class in the same school collected money for a great project in Togo: they built a solar panel to run their computers. Togo is now online! At the vernissage of 2°C, the big exhibition on climate, the weather and men in Basel (Switzerland). HotStuffCHillOut was invited to the panel discussion. The invited student was sitting next to the Swiss Federal Council Moritz Leuenberger. The host asked her why young people remain strikingly passive in the face of climate change. He challenged her, that it’s just now about our future and the young generation doesn’t act. We still owe him an explanation…… At least some of us act… The climate tip cards from Menzingen (Switzerland) are just great and the second class from Menzingen organized a workshop day for the whole school. Tanzania planted trees and raises awareness by organizing film events. The classes in Lima invited their parents and explained them the results of their projects – the same did a class in Basel.

Hot Stuff Chill Out 2009 – its happening

Thun, Kampala, Bern, Toliara, Zürich, Dar Es Salaam, Lima, Nakuru, Glarus, Hyderabad… a renewed drive is demanded to wake the world from its torpor. Positive initiatives are happening

Bildschirmfoto 2011-06-15 um 23.27.44 Adrian and Alice, both 16 years old, give an audacious speech on the Parliament square in Bern (Switzerland). The square is one of Switzerland’s most symbolically meaningful places. Adrian and Alice ask the audience: „How can it be that mitigation and adaption of climate change are questioned? How can it be a controversial political issue to save our planet? How can it be that humans are against protecting our one and only planet. What politicians don’t protect today cannot be protected tomorrow.“ 


Letters from Kenya fill theBildschirmfoto 2011-06-15 um 23.27.38 postboxes of students in Switzerland: „Right now as I write you this we are having power cuts each week three times. We depend so much on dams to produce electricity. Now without water no electricity can be generated. We also have water rationing in our houses. For instance I receive water only on Mondays and Wednesdays. And still: I am lucky! Can you picture that? Millions of Kenyans who are starving, they walk for days on the search of water.“ What has happened? The Mau Forest is the largest water catchment area in Kenya. Ewaso Ng’iro River, Sondu River, Mara River, Njoro River all originate from the forest and feed Lake Victoria, Lake Nakuru, Lake Natron…. Huge parts of the forest have been cleared for settlement. Huge parts of the forest have been destructed through charcoal burning.  200,000 charcoal producers operate in Kenya and half a million producers, transporters and vendors are involved in the charcoal trade who support 2.5 million dependents. The annual income from charcoal is almost equivalent to the income generated by Kenya’s tea industry. The research indicates that the amount of charcoal produced per year in Kenya is 1.6 million tones. Tearing out the trees at the heart of Kenya has triggered a cascade of drought and despair in the surrounding hills and valleys.

froebelThe students in Madagascar know this problem first-hand: „We would like to go to the people and we want to inform them about climate change. We want to tell people what they can use instead of charcoal and as lots of people make a living from charcoal production we have to show them alternative ways to earn money. Tavy or slash-and-burn agriculture is another problem. Typically an acre or two of forest is cut, burned, and then planted with rice. After a year or two of production the field is left fallow for 4-6 years before the process is repeated. After 2-3 such cycles the soil is exhausted of nutrients and the land is likely colonized by scrub vegetation or alien grasses.“

A young woman from Togo agrees: „Our parents are sometimes slow off the mark, they just don’t understand. We have to explain them again and again. Bushfires make no sense at all.“ Mugisha (Kampala, Uganda) is very concerned about the consequences of climate change: “For a very long time farmers have been able to forecast weather changes without use of any modern equipment. This has been done through listening to some birds which sing only in anticipation of rain as well as studying some plant species. However all this is fading away slowly as the predictions have proved unworthy.”

Students in Switzerland know that the industrialized countries just depend to much on fossil fuel. Energy efficiency and renewable energy is not boosted seriously enough.  And hey, don’t’ you think Tenzin from Dharamsala is right when he says: „How much we need more , that is really the question . Contentment doesn’t mean foolishness , I am going to practice contentment throughout my life“. Their film project and the Cleaning and awareness-campaign attracted a lot of attention: it was also joined by the media people from ITV and Eastt. Four girls from Switzerland had an idea which reached everyone in the HotStuffCHillOut Network.

Hyderabad wrote:  Dear Myclimatians, It was nice to recieve the handprints of four of our myclimate friends last week. What a great idea of making the politicians ‚move‘ from their ‚chair‘ and make them ‚think‘ as well. We all are there with you in this move.


Dharamsala amazed the network with several amazing actions: First a very cool performance! Plus: They exchanged all the light bulbs and installed energy saving ones. To explain their project they informed the whole school by performing a theater. And then Copenhagen let us down. No binding agreements were reached at the meetings in Copenhagen in December 2009. Vidya from Hyderabad is angry: The most awaited summit on climate change ended just few weeks ago with the results which are equally awaited!Some questions that you can try to answer…. How many vehicles were engaged for the transport of people and materials all through the summit? How many disposables were used to pack/unpack the food items/water/personal care materials for all those ‚fortunate‘ souls who attended? How much amount of electricity was used through out the summit for lights/fans/ACs/Heaters/microphones etc..etc? How much waste was generated..How far was it seggregated…How did it get recycled??? What was the CARBON FOOTPRINT of Copenhagen???? And what about the end result…..VIEWS AND COUNTER VIEWS. Anything else???“ But we don’t give up. 

mugisha02The last word of 2009 goes to Mugisha in Kampala: „I ‚d like to tell everyone to personally join the fight and try to make a change since everyone is contributing and everyone can mitigate the causes.“