A case of virtual activism: How MOCICC, Peru’s largest climate coalition, ensures collaboration and growth in a socially distanced community of empowered activists
By Yamanda Boukmakh, Head of Partnerships at CanopyLAB
The creation of courses is quite simple and didactic. This is our first ever experience creating a virtual classroom and we have not had any problems carrying out the Virtual School for Climate Activists.
∼Augusto Duran Duran, Mechanical Engineer, National Engineering University of Peru
Who is MOCICC?
The Citizen Movement Against Climate Change (MOCICC) is a civil society network in Peru, made up of 37+ social organizations, NGOs, religious institutions, schools, citizen groups, and activists that spans over 17 regions in the country. MOCICC is recognized by the state as the elected representative of civil society in the National Commission on Climate Change (CNCC).
Goals & Objectives
The lockdowns caused by Covid-19 forced MOCICC to transform their traditional in-person workshops, debates, and community-focused events. In order to continue mobilizing and generate citizen-led discussion from their homes, the MOCICC team turned to virtual spaces as the center of their actions against climate change.
To ensure that their members felt united and could continue hosting workshops during the pandemic, MOCICC decided to host weekly live webinars on Zoom where guest speakers would share insights on various topics with global participants. Nevertheless, Zoom’s chat function on its own is not an appropriate space for 100+ participants to share their voice. That is why MOCICC opted to create a course on the CanopyLAB platform where the live sessions were recorded and uploaded to every course unit. Not only did they include the recording, but MOCICC members are able to share the presentations used by guest speakers. The most valuable features are the exercise and forum function which allows every participant to share their ideas, ask questions and co-create new initiatives to climate action.
Nevertheless, Zoom’s chat function on its own is not an appropriate space for 100+ participants to share their voice.
MOCICC recreated the dynamic engagement, successfully mirroring their usual in-person local workshops, through an open and free virtual classroom on the LAB. This allows people from all of Latin America to take part in the coalition, uniting different people from all regions of Peru and beyond. The platform’s features managed to reduce distances and increase dynamism in their global training processes as participants are invited to take part in debates, revisit the recorded lectures and explore additional materials and exercises to deepen their knowledge. Access the course for free here: “The Virtual School for Climate Activists”.
MOCICC recreated the dynamic engagement, successfully mirroring their usual in-person local workshops, through an open and free virtual classroom on the LAB.