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African youth responses to
Climate Change
 62% -below 25 years of age.
 Youth- 15-24 years of age according to UN.
 2005 -2015 the youth population is expected t...
   The East African Economy is mainly dependent
    on agriculture and tourism
   The above mentioned sectors get direct...
Opportunities:       Challenges:
Finding solutions;   Unemployment:
   Advocating          Education;
     Change;        ...
1. Community level- Finding Solutions
        You don’t need money or power to have a good
         idea; Only fresh thin...
2. Nationally/Internationally-Advocating
   Change
   Involvement in decision making processes
   Make Youth voices hear...
   Local Mitigation & Adaptation projects
   Research
   Awareness campaigns
   Capacity building & Training
   Infor...
   Mobilize & Empower youth to become change
    agents
   Educate the youth & communities on
    sustainable lifestyles...
NURTURING LEADERSHIP   PARTICIPATE
   Learning and sharing climate information
     IT- Emails; mailing lists; websites, blogs; social networks
   Documen...
CAMPAIGNS   EDUCATION
Growing
                 Network

  Energy &                    Commitment
    Time                       & Passion


Netw...
INNOVATIVE   SIMPLE
Youth (and
                   children)

Community                        Governments
 members



Businesses &            ...
   The education system sparsely addresses
    climate change challenges & solutions
   Capacity Gaps-Skills, Knowledge
...
The generation that causes environmental
 damage is not the generation which pays
                the price”

       Profe...
Youth Responses To Climate Change
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Youth Responses To Climate Change

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A presentation made by Grace Mwaura on behalf of African youth, at the Ecological Society for Eastern Africa (ECSEA) conference on the 21st May 2010

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Youth Responses To Climate Change

  1. 1. African youth responses to Climate Change
  2. 2.  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 and/or jobs.  Challenge & Opportunity: Providing quality education and productive employment addressing climate change challenges
  3. 3.  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.
  4. 4. Opportunities: Challenges: Finding solutions; Unemployment: Advocating Education; Change; Economic crisis; Opportunity Conflicts; Social Windows; Strive; Food Support Systems insecurity
  5. 5. 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) ▪ Simple ▪ Energetic ▪ Have the time
  6. 6. 2. Nationally/Internationally-Advocating Change  Involvement in decision making processes  Make Youth voices heard- pressure groups, protests, Marches,  Contacting political representatives e.g. MPs,  Demand more action from the government
  7. 7.  Local Mitigation & Adaptation projects  Research  Awareness campaigns  Capacity building & Training  Information Sharing  Nurturing leadership  Individual/Collective Commitments & Action
  8. 8.  Mobilize & Empower youth to become change agents  Educate the youth & communities on sustainable lifestyles.  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
  9. 9. NURTURING LEADERSHIP PARTICIPATE
  10. 10.  Learning and sharing climate information  IT- Emails; mailing lists; websites, blogs; social networks  Documentation of youth best practices  Films, blogs; media engagements; Campaigns  Awareness creation:  Conferences; Workshops; Seminars; consultative meetings; etc.  Networks & information sharing- The growing youth movements around the world stands at over 2,000 members  Working with governments, NGOs, CBOs, institutions etc  Research
  11. 11. CAMPAIGNS EDUCATION
  12. 12. Growing Network Energy & Commitment Time & Passion Networking Volunteerism Knowledge & Innovation Skills
  13. 13. INNOVATIVE SIMPLE
  14. 14. Youth (and children) Community Governments members Businesses & Learning Private sector Institutions Organizations (NGOs, CBOs, IGOs, etc)
  15. 15.  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 change  Transition of the young professionals
  16. 16. The generation that causes environmental damage is not the generation which pays the price” Professor Wangari Maathai

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