62% -below 25 years of age.
Youth- 15-24 years of age according to UN.
2005 -2015 the youth population is expected to
grow by 36 M.
2015- The youth labor force is expected to grow
by more than 22 M, to almost 135 M.
These young people will demand education
Challenge & Opportunity: Providing quality
education and productive employment
addressing climate change challenges
The East African Economy is mainly dependent
on agriculture and tourism
The above mentioned sectors get directly
affected by climate change. IPCC has estimated
up to 50% reduction in agriculture production
The above sectors offer the youth employment
directly or indirectly
Effects on these 2 sectors lead to effects on
other sectors like: education, health, water and
sanitation and infrastructure that youth rely on.
Finding solutions; Unemployment:
Change; Economic crisis;
Opportunity Conflicts; Social
Windows; Strive; Food
Support Systems insecurity
1. Community level- Finding Solutions
You don’t need money or power to have a good
idea; Only fresh thinking and ACTION is needed
to solve our societal problems.
▪ Innovative (Education, IT)
▪ Have the time
Involvement in decision making processes
Make Youth voices heard- pressure groups,
Contacting political representatives e.g. MPs,
Demand more action from the government
Local Mitigation & Adaptation projects
Capacity building & Training
Individual/Collective Commitments & Action
Mobilize & Empower youth to become change
Educate the youth & communities on
Facilitate & Engage youth and communities in
climate mitigation & adaptation projects.
Participate and support the drafting of country
environmental/climate change policies.
Ensure proper governance in the
implementation of climate change programmes
Learning and sharing climate information
IT- Emails; mailing lists; websites, blogs; social networks
Documentation of youth best practices
Films, blogs; media engagements; Campaigns
Conferences; Workshops; Seminars; consultative
Networks & information sharing- The growing youth
movements around the world stands at over 2,000
Working with governments, NGOs, CBOs, institutions
Businesses & Learning
Private sector Institutions
The education system sparsely addresses
climate change challenges & solutions
Capacity Gaps-Skills, Knowledge
Research gaps-lack of support for extensive
research on youth & climate change in Africa
Institutionalizing youth actions on climate
Transition of the young professionals
The generation that causes environmental
damage is not the generation which pays
Professor Wangari Maathai