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[Ambassador report] YOUTH AND ENVIRONMENT (THEMATIC REPORT)

by Kalori Wesonga | 21-09-2019 05:22 Comments 2 Comments recommendations 0 recommendations




Can we stop climate change? Today, we face a future of uncertainties.  Mainstream media is propagating the idea that a catastrophe is coming in the near future. But we are living in the present, and it is now that we have to act. Over the course of my studies, I have noticed climate change campaigns have always focused on the effects humanity has had on the environment.  Very little, if ever is mentioned of how we can stop it.

Research from the United Nations shows that we are the last generation that can stop global warming. Further, youth are the most environmentally consciously aware demographic. My approach differs from this as it focuses on the rate of change, rather than the change itself. Climate change is already happening. Just this year, Nairobi, Kenya’s capital experienced scanty seasonal rains. Elsewhere around Mt. Kenya, a storm of hailstones rained down on farms over Kenya’s highlands, destroying crops. These are small reflections of what has taken years of human induced activity to occur.

This leaves us with the most valuable currency we have, time. What matters most now is how the youth can slow down climate change and possibly reverse it before the damage is irreversible.

1.ENVIRONMENTALLY CONSCIOUS ECONOMICS
These subtle economic decisions can range from buying bio degradable clothes to reducing our carbon footprints with small things such as walking.  As youth, we may not have the power to hold multinational companies accountable for environmental pollution, but we can sway their habits. 
The impact this can have on an individual basis is small. Working together, youth can be a voice so strong that big industries can listen. The key idea is that demand always feeds supply. 

2.EDUCATION AND ACTION
Even though climate action is often viewed as the answer to climate change, climate education is equally important. We as youth often venture into tree planting campaigns without even knowing whether the trees we plant are suitable for that particular eco system. Imagine planting eucalyptus trees next to a seasonal river. The river would inevitably be worn out.

These suggestions are not exhaustive, but merely an insight into the dynamic ways in which the youth can take part in protecting the environment. Climate change is already here with us. However, we can slow it down. Like most efforts, it’s not only about the intensity of our actions, but rather the consistency. 

2 Comments

Kushal Naharki

  • Kushal Naharki says :
    Hello Kalori

    I do hope that you are fine and doing great with your works.
    Thank you for your report about YOUTH AND ENVIRONMENT

    Green Cheers from Nepal :)
    Keep writing great reports.
    We are eager to read more reports from you.

    Regards,
    Kushal Naharki
    Posted 04-10-2019 18:55

Hyeongmin Mentor

  • Hyeongmin Mentor says :
    Hello Kalori!
    Environmental issue of climate change is right in front of our face.
    Fortunately, we have time to delay it, or even stop it if possible.
    You mentioned two important topics of how youths should be involved in the preserving environment.
    I totally agree with you that what??s more important is not intensity, but consistency. I believe collective effort with consistency will eventually stop global warming.
    Thanks for the great report!

    Posted 27-09-2019 09:00

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