The Arab Youth Climate Movement – Bahrain Chapter was founded in 2012 in the lead-up to the UNFCC 18th Conference of Parties in Doha. Founding members, Reem Al Mealla and Tariq Al-Olaimy, attended the first Regional Meeting held in Cairo thereby initiating the movement at the regional scale. AYCM chapters across the region marked their presence in their respective countries with a region wide event known as the Regional Day of Action. For the occasion AYCM Bahrain held two workshops, one for youth and one for NGO’s. At COP18 Doha, for the first time, members of AYCM Bahrain joined youth from other chapters across the region in letting their voices be heard for the first time.
AYCM Bahrain has since maintained a strong and active presence throughout the years, and continues to advocate climate change and related issues at different scales, using different strategies.
EDUCATION AND OUTREACH
AYCM Bah organises activities throughout the year with the aim of educating youth and raising public awareness on climate change and related issues. Activities held so far include beach clean-ups, public documentary screenings and educational lectures. They are often held in collaboration or with the support of other civil society groups, institutions or schools. School workshops have proven to be highly enjoyable for students in both public and private schools on the island. Another popular activity, the Citizen Science Program, was inspired by the desire to reconnect the public with nature. The program embraces the use of a smart phone app known as iNaturalist to encourage people to get curious about nature and start snapping, thereby adding to a global database of species.
Long-term projects are usually inspired by climate change related issues that the group has chosen to adopt as a ‘movement’ – for example, Climate Change and Agriculture. Currently AYCM Bahrain has two active movements Climate Change and Faith and Sustainable Living.
AYCM Bahrain has engaged with local government on several occasions and maintains a good relationship with both the Supreme Council for Environment (SCE) and the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities (BACA). Following discussions between the BACA (formerly the Ministry of Culture) and AYCM Bahrain, climate change and its impacts were adopted into the Bahrain Fort UNESCO World Heritage Site Management Plan. Several AYCM members attended stakeholder engagement workshops. On the international scale, members of AYCM Bahrain have joined with regional members to attend UNFCCC COP18 Doha, COP19 Warsaw and COP21 Paris.