The Ombudsman of the Basque Country (Ararteko) presents “Colour Earth”; a documentary that features a collective and intergenerational conversation on how the climate crisis is affecting children and young people, and uses colours to identify inspiring concepts for change.
Children, as a group, are particularly vulnerable and lack representation in the political arena. In the context of climate change, children and yound people start out from a situation of injustice. They are the ones who have least contributed to climate change, but who are most seriously affected by its consequences and have least real influence as regards decision-making processes.
The documentary features a group conversation on climate justice and children's rights. It aims to provide information and invite the audience to start reflecting on climate change, the role of children and young people, and mechanisms to defend their rights.
During the conversation, colours are brought up - concepts such as red / action, white / transparency, brown / sustainability, orange / emergency... - to trigger some thoughts on the role of institutions in protecting rights in the response to the climate crisis. The institution of the Ararteko is a close collaborate in the protection and promotion of these rights for all people, including the younger population.
In 2022, the Ararteko's Children and Young People's Council has delved into the effects of the climate crisis on the rights of children and young people. Such reflection exercise, which was driven in parallel with the Council's participation in the European Network of Young Advisors, ENYA programme, was a unique opportunity for the Ararteko to directly listen to the concerns of the young people on the matter, as well as to reflect with other knowledge stakeholders (from the field of science and activism).
The documentary was produced by Al Borde Films, a social initiative cooperative, and is available on Ararteko's Youtube Channel. It lasts close to 30 minutes and it includes subtitles in Basque, Spanish and English.
Source: Office of the Ombudsman of the Basque Country (Ararteko), Spain