group of young people standing by lake

Cli-MATES

Climate Action Retreat

In April 2018, ONCA co-hosted a free opportunity for climate activists in St Gilgen, Austria.

This opportunity was for climate activists aged 18-29 interested in doing something about climate change to sharing ideas, meet new people and receive creative and community nurture. Twenty participants from across Europe explored how to communicate about climate change in creative, stimulating, exciting ways. Supported by multi-media professionals and scientists,  they designed new climate media formats to be shared as creative commons, and discovered new creative methods to open up new horizons for climate change communication.

St Gilgen participants working

group of people standing outside a mountain lodge

Participants were a a range of campaigners and researchers as well as people who newer to the movement. The retreat brought people from different countries at different stages of their environmental journey together to share and reflect on challenges. Read Persephone’s blog post about it here:

#EarthIsHeard

cli-MATES was organised by an international network of researchers and facilitators:

  • Climate Outreach, UK
  • ONCA’s Persephone Pearl and Keith Ellis planned and facilitated the retreat
  • Climate Media Factory, Germany
  • Austrian Youth Environment platform
  • Austrian Environmental Agency
  • University of Brighton’s Professor Julie Doyle
  • University of Life Sciences and Natural Resources, Vienna.

young climate leaders' retreat info