FACING THE FUTURE IDEA PRESENTED TO CHALLENGE: FUTURE BY OCEN GODWIN STUDENT MBARARA UNIVERSITY AND TECHNOLOGYBACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CONTACT: +256779573471 EMAIL:firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook: Ocen Godwin
Table of Contents I. ABSTRACT 3 II. RATIONALE 4 III. VISION: 4 IV. MISSION: 4 V. HOW YOUTHS ROAR GRASSROOT INTERVENTION CONNECTION CAN OVER COME CLIMATE CHANGE; 4 VI. STRATEGY 6VII. PROPOSED PLAN FOR NEXT TWO YEARS (2012-2013) 6VIII. CONCLUSION: 7
ABSTRACTYOUTHS ROAR GRASSROOT INTERVENTION CONNECTIONAs young people, we are the most at stake, so we should be stepping up to our roles as the majorstakeholders and standup for the kind of future we want.“I am convinced that climate change, and what we do about it, will define us, our era, andultimately the global legacy we leave for future generations. We hold the future in our hands.Together, we must ensure that our grandchildren will not have to ask why we failed to do theright thing, and let them suffer the consequences.” And this idea referred to as YOUTHS ROARGRASSROOT INTERVENTION CONNECTION is an innovative approach to be employed byWORLD YOUTH BELOW 30 to freely connect with the world to harmonize all that has beenagainst our environment through grass root forum in villages, institutions and at even work place.“Climate change presents the most serious threat to development and could potentially reversemany of the gains that have been made.”
RationaleThe issue of climate change is not new, but its take-up as a key development concern and itsintegration into pro-poor planning is a fairly recent departure. Even more recent is the integrationof Youth sensitive perspective in climate change responses. For this reason, there is little existingconsidering the linkages between climate change and youth yet in Uganda alone youths are themajor contributor of deforestation and all the ills.As YOUTHS ROAR GRASSROOT INTERVENTION CONNECTION, we have a distinctlyunique stake in the fight against climate change. Our decisions and actions over the next fewyears will shape the world we live in for the rest of our lives, not to mention that of our children.It is a monumental challenge, but one that we cannot afford to shy away from. Young peoplearound the world, just like yourself, are standing up to politicians and polluters and taking theirfuture into their own hands. In our communities, our schools, our countries and abroad we havethe tools to take action and stop the climate crisis – and we are using them. Youth will be theleaders of tomorrow and we are already leading today.VISION: BEING THE VOICE FOR FUTUREMISSION: UNLOCKING OUR POTENTIAL TO SECURING THE FUTURE HOW YOUTHS ROAR GRASSROOT INTERVENTION CONNECTION CAN OVER COME CLIMATE CHANGE;Reflect and getting inspired in the community you as a youth lives in. We contribute differentlytowards devastating our natural green resource. For example in Uganda deforestation is ournumber one major cause of environment degradation - Al Gore, Former U.S. Vice-President, andwinner of the Nobel Peace Prize said “There is no doubt that young people today are moreaware of environmental problems than my generation ever was. As this new generation comes ofage, it faces the enormous challenge of solving global warming. … In order to fix this crisis,everyone needs to be involved. I have faith that young people have both the ability and theenthusiasm to put a stop to global warming.”This idea is calling for the intervention and input of all worldwide for their actions to save thenature.
Tree planting is our strategy number ONE: In Uganda we have abundant land which can beused to absorb excess carbon dioxide produced in developed nations. Every Youth worldwidewill be expected to contribute and plant for 1000 trees in Africa where there are free space andYouths within will volunteer in planting. Youth and children, as the next generations, have theright to a clean future – they do not wish to inherit a toxic, radioactive, dirty and carbon-drivenworld.“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who everhave ” Margaret Mead,Anthropolgist.This is the time of action under YOUTHS ROAR GRASSROOT INTERVENTIONCONNECTION and we beg lets get on board together the future is now.Impacting our Community; Climate Change is an issue of intergenerational justice. If we knowhow our actions affect our planet, it would be criminal to keep acting like we are now, knowingthat it jeopardizes future generations. In Uganda a district called Bududa suffered mudslidekillings over 120 people and impact planted by human activity of deforestation.Our idea is towards „greenhouse gases‟ as the main contributor to climate change. This isbecause the earth‟s atmosphere acts much like a giant greenhouse. The gases allow solarradiation (heat)to pass through the atmosphere but, after it is absorbed and re-radiated by theearth, the gases prevent this heat from escaping back into space. Under natural circumstances thisis what keeps the earth warm enough to support life. But current conditions are far from natural.Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, when humans began burning fossil fuels on anunprecedented scale, greenhouse gases have steadily been piling up in the atmosphere. Many ofthese gases last far longer than a century. As a result, current carbon dioxide (CO2)concentrations are now 35.4% higher than pre-industrial levels and growing rapidly. They arenow far above any level in the past 650,000 years. Likewise, methane(CH4) concentrations have more than doubled to far above anything seen in the past 650,000years. Global emissions of all greenhouse gases have increased by 70% between 1970 and2004.The consequence of all this is that more and more heat is being trapped in our atmosphere,leading to an „enhanced greenhouse effect.Therefore if we impact our community to take positive attempt towards the noble course ourfuture will be bright.
Strategy As we have learned, climate change is largely caused by our emission of greenhouse gases. Fortunately, this leads to a very simple solution: reduce them!! This approach is known as climate change mitigation because, while we are not completely eliminating the problem (some change will still occur), we are making it less severe and more manageable and through YOUTHS ROAR GRASS ROOT CONNECTION every youth becomes an ambassador for environment. As youth in action we shall be advocating for every radio stations across the globe with the support of international community through CHALLENGE: FUTURE to have a radio spot mentioning “ENVIRONMENT IS OUR CONCERN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IS THE ANSWER WORLDWIDE PROPOSED PLAN FOR NEXT TWO YEARS (2012-2013)Hierarchy of Objective Objective of Verifiable Indicator Means of verifiable Data SourcesCarry out inter-University Targeting 22 Universities in Number of participants atNational Sustainable Uganda the conference.development conferenceAdvocating and offering of Targeting 250 Schools all far Number of seedlingsTree seedlings in from city (4,200,000 distributed and planted incollaboration with partners seedlings) Schoolsto Primary and SecondarySchoolsDebating Competition on 2 Inter-University Competition Number of Universities andNatural Conservation and awards.Sustainable developmentRadio Talk shows and 30 Talk shows expected to held Number of talk showsRadio Spots (disseminatinginformation aboutsustainable development)Printing and Distributing 12000 copies needed Number of copiesIEC materials to the public EVERY INSTITUTION IN UGANDA AND ACROSS THE WORLD SHALL HAVE Youth ADVOCACY FORUM TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT.
CONCLUSION: Tackling climate change now is entirely possible and will cost us only 1% of global GDP.Strong action will not have a significant effect on economic growth and, in some cases, willactually make money.Support the ideas of YOUTHS ROAR GRASSROOT INTERVENTION CONNECTION