Watch the video above to find out how Active Citizen Ana Carolina Duarte's social action project transformed the lives of waste pickers in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. You can read below about Brazil's contribution to The Climate Connection.

Supporting young people to create a greener, more sustainable world

This year, Active Citizens is supporting climate change social action projects in 22 countries around the world as part of The Climate Connection. These projects will take place in the run up to the United Nation’s climate conference, COP26, which the UK is hosting in November 2021. 

Active Citizens will collaborate on solutions to climate change and build networks. Their social action projects will focus on the following COP26 priority areas: 

  • adaptation and resilience – helping people, economies and the environment adapt and prepare for the impacts of climate change
  • nature – safeguarding ecosystems, protecting natural habitats and keeping carbon out of the atmosphere.

Here's a taste of what our Active Citizens are doing:


Active Citizens are supporting six teachers and 180 students to create environment protection clubs in three schools in Herat. These clubs will embed eco-conscious activities across the schools, including art competitions, cleaning events, tree planting campaigns and fundraising initiatives.

Afghanistan Active Citizens painting activity
A young boy paints a tree while taking part in an Active Citizens environment protection club at a school in Herat, Afghanistan. Photo credit: Mohammad Solaimany ©

Mohammad Solaimany


Active Citizens from the Tekoá Kwaray indigenous community in the state of São Paulo are working to protect their lands from the harmful effects of mining practices. They will share knowledge, technologies and techniques for agro-ecological planting, beekeeping, composting and seedling formation. This will protect the local environment, plus offer self-sufficiency and new income for the community.


Active Citizens are raising community awareness of the importance of local mangrove forests in Ambon Bay, which are being destroyed by waste carried by the current. By educating people on effective waste management, they are helping communities take an active role to protect the delicate mangrove eco-system.


Active Citizens are creating green zones in communities, catering for children, young people and other community members. The aim is to promote sustainable practices and create eco-friendly spaces by installing vegetable gardens, recycled planters, plastic collection points, beehives and bird feeders. 


Active Citizens are supporting young people to start urban gardens and are giving life to poor areas of the city by creating green spaces to promote healthy lifestyles and recycling.


Active Citizens noticed a lack of effective climate change resources for people with disabilities. In response, they are developing more inclusive and accessible information sources, while educating people on how to tackle environmental issues. 


Active Citizens from the UK took part in a virtual international workshop during which the global network came together to explore ways of amplifying the impact of climate action around the world. This was an opportunity for UK partners to share their learning on climate justice and environmental activism, and they will continue this collaboration going forward.