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Youths must become champions of climate change

President William Ruto has challenged the young people in Africa to be champions of environmental stewardship. The president regretted that the planet is in a crisis with Africa unfortunately bearing the brunt of the effects of climate change. Ruto said the continent must lead in the development of sustainable solutions to address the effects of climate change. ''They (youth) must get into renewable energy, promoting sustainable agriculture and developing climate-resilient infrastructure,'' Ruto said. Speaking during the Youth Connekt Africa Summit in Nairobi the President said the young people of Africa cannot be on the margins of the climate change conversation. ''This issue will define our future,'' Ruto affirmed when he spoke to the delegates at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre. Ruto has been seen as the leading voice of the African Continent in championing the climate change debate on the world stage. ''This is your time, this is your moment, take the lead,'' the president told the youth. In September, Ruto's government and the African Union co-hosted the inaugural Africa Climate Change Summit to discuss African-led sustainable solutions to global climate challenges. The summit was themed: Driving Green Growth and Climate Finance Solutions for Africa and the World. Ruto said on Saturday that Kenya has developed a National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy which he said is bolstering the country's resilience against the impacts of global warming. The president said his administration is seeking to recruit one million Youth Green Army for Climate Change Adaptation. He said the movement Youth Green Army for Climate Change Adaptation must spread across the whole continent of Africa. ''We have recruited a 4,000-strong youth Green Army to support the 15 billion trees initiative to increase Kenya's forest cover from 12 per cent to 30 per cent by 2032. Youth Connekt Africa is an African home-grown solution positioned to provide relevant solutions for the global South and to support the implementation of relevant South-South initiatives to empower youth. The YouthConnekt Africa operates as a pan-African platform with the vision of connecting African youth for socio-economic transformation. The platform seeks to empower young people through enhancing their knowledge, experiences and skills while investing in their ideas, innovations and initiatives. https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/realtime/2023-12-09-youths-must-become-champions-of-climate-change-ruto/

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  • Grace Njeri

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    Youths are vastly stepping up to champion climate action.

    • Ann Nyambura

      14 w

      timely and significant.

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      • Edwin wangombe

        17 w

        i believe that the youths are ready to take the needed action to fight climate change and encourage sustainability all they need is a boost and support with the needed resources... its high time for the government not only to call for action but also support the youths with the needed resources

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        • Joseph Githinji

          17 w

          @edwin_wangombe I agree, the youth have a great potential,and having them given support and empowered will have a great impact to climate action across the globe.

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        • CHRIS NGATIA

          17 w

          The youths being the leaders of tomorrow need take lead in advocating for our planet

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          • Edwin wangombe

            17 w

            @chris_ngatia Yes I agree with that but the youth also need resources, knowledge, and skills to do this work effectively... as the government is calling for action from the youth it should also commit to providing them with the needed resources and information

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            • Joseph Githinji

              17 w

              @chris_ngatia The time for the youth is now,they have the power to shape nature now and in the future.

            • walter lungayi

              17 w

              It is crucial for young people to take a leading role in addressing climate change and advocating for sustainable solutions.

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              • Edwin wangombe

                17 w

                @walter_lungayi With the current economic situation in the world it is important for the youths to realize that the only thing we can inherit from our parents is this planet and it is our responsibility to make it habitable by taking care of it

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              • Jane Wangui

                17 w

                Youths are the future. The education curriculum should also incorporate learning systems that advocate for climate rights.

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                • Edwin wangombe

                  17 w

                  @jane_wangui I highly second this... if we start teaching our children about matters of conservation and sustainability from a young age we will impact self-responsibility in them to take care of the planet

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                • Princess

                  17 w

                  President Ruto's call for youth to champion environmental stewardship is commendable.

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                  • Edwin wangombe

                    17 w

                    @princess_nel_268 he should also commit to providing education and resources to the youths on matters of climate change so that the youths can know what they are dealing with and have enough resources to deal with it

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                  • Rotich Kim

                    17 w

                    This call is timely and necessary we are the future voices and we can do it we only need support and proper resources

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                    • rosebellendiritu

                      17 w

                      @rotich_kim true!all need to be included in this fight.

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                      • Joseph Githinji

                        17 w

                        @rotich_kim its time for youth empowerment.

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                        • Edwin wangombe

                          17 w

                          @rotich_kim well said

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                          • Edwin wangombe

                            17 w

                            @joseph_githinji I agree with proper empowerment the youths can win the fight against climate change within a very short time

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                            • Edwin wangombe

                              17 w

                              @rosebellendiritu Yes... this is a collective responsibility as together we are the solution to the climate crisis

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                            • Joseph Githinji

                              18 w

                              Kudos to the President for bringing the youth together for a unity of purpose. Climate change effects is an enemy that must be fought by the fresh blood ,the youths have all it take to stop the climate change effects in Africa and beyond.

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                              • Edwin wangombe

                                17 w

                                @joseph_githinji I agree.. the youth is the only hope that the planet has and with proper motivation and support the youth can bring the desired change in the world with their ingenuity

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                              • Gorffly mokua

                                18 w

                                Absolutely agree!

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