Climate idea

Ajema Lydiah

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Footprint To Africa

Climate idea

Let's expose children to climate change mitigation early enough

On planting trees to make up for the environmental degradation, we have certainly done a great effort. But, it is the least effort and easiest option to take. Last Saturday, I watched a film called 'The Letter', with children from St Mary’s School, Musongari. The film is based on Pope Francis’ most read encyclical Laudi Si on the call to care for the environment. What made the film have a new meaning for me is the reaction of children to its content. As they watched the film, I could hear and see reactions, particularly on how much human activities have contributed to climate change. Children are sharp and extremely attentive to what they see and hear. As children in the film gave testimony on their engagement in mitigating the negative effects of climate change, I could feel total silence in the theatre because the reality of climate change was sinking in. The occasional cheering of scenes subsided. The children reflected deeply on what they were seeing. That brings me to my main point. Children must secure their own future. Kenya’s forest cover is still way below the 10 per cent required to ensure our existence. With population growth ever rising, bush fires clearing forests, land subdivision intensifying in parts of the country, rivers drying, seas rising, weather patterns becoming unpredictable, there is reason to involve children in securing their future. Schools are excellent spaces to educate children about climate change and the effects it has on their future. With modern education technology, teachers can demonstrate the latest negative impacts of climate change and how, in a globally interconnected world, little efforts anywhere in the world can save humanity. Many schools just focus on planting trees as if that is the only cure we need. Children need to know the strong correlation between corruption and environmental injustice. There are unscrupulous people who engage in unlicensed logging through dubious networks. There are people who don’t care littering roads and compounds they live in. These people are not children. They are adults who are so inward looking that they forget by committing crimes against the environment, they are ruining the future of children. The question is: Which future are we handing over to children? I was also touched by the fact that children feel they are losing their future but appear helpless. Policy recommendations in the film but also in general are way above what children can do given their primary task is to study.

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  • Saustine Lusanzu

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    It is a time to prepare climate ambassadors

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    • Saustine Lusanzu

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      Let's put children at the heart of climate change at their early stage of growth

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      • Saustine Lusanzu

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        There's no climate justice without climate Education

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        • Tabitha Kimani

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          I agree. Climate change awareness should be compulsory to help the children grow with the right knowledge to make wise decisions.

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          • Munene Mugambi

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            Climate change education should be part of our curriculum

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            • Rashid Kamau

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              This will help mitigate against the impact of climate change on society.

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              • Grace Njeri

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                Education empowers all people, but especially motivates the young to take action

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                • Annett Michuki..

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                  I support this, our children should be taught how to conserve the environment at an early age

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                  • rosebellendiritu

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                    Yes I agree,children too should be included in this,they should be informed early enough

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