Youth Legacy Partners in ‘Youth Take Lead for Climate Action Campaign’
Youth Legacy Ghana (YOLEG) makes a premier step as they partnered in the recent Youth Take Lead for Climate Action Campaign’ which was hosted by Inspire, You Expire Global Foundation (IYEGF) alongside other partner and financing organization; Youth Empowerment Synergy (YES), Civil Society in Development (CISU), 100% for Children, Noble Aid Africa Foundation (NAAF) and Organization for Inclusion and Empowerment (OFIE). As part the partnership, Youth legacy together with OFIE held a ‘Climate Change Radio Advocacy’ at Radio Peace (88.9 MHz) from 4:00pm-4:30 (GMT:00) in Winneba, Central region. The radio advocacy which was purposed on sensitizing the youth on their role toward climate action and targeted at the local people used the local dialect to aid better understanding among the local indigenes. The program hosted four panelists: Benjamin Edwards (Programmes Manager, YOLEG), Kwadwo Frimpong (Volunteer, YOLEG), Sender Kyereme (Volunteer, YOLEG) and Sadock Ofori (Rep, OFIE) who discussed on the meaning of climate change; it causes, effects and predominantly, why and how the average youth should join the quest to combat climate change.
Proceedings from the discussion explained Climate actions as part of the UN SDGs and climate change as the global phenomenon of climate transformation characterized by in the changes in the usual climate of the plate (regarding temperature, precipitation, and wind). Emphasis was made on how human activities is the major driving force of climate change in recent times. Examples of human activities highlighted included burning of fossil fuels such coals, oil and gas, for electricity, heat and transportation, coupled with other practices such as deforestation, incineration, and intensive agriculture, all of which emit greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and eventually increasing global weather conditions. The resultant effects of climate change were also heighted ranging from rising in sea levels, warming atmosphere, flooding, drought, and scarcity of food and energy.
Finally, the panelist highlighted on why and how the youth should participate in the combat for climate change. The youth was identified as been idealistic, innovative, connected, and everywhere and for that matter stands to be a key agent in achieving the SDG 13. They youth were sensitized to help the agenda by speaking up, joining a movement and generally changing their lifestyle.