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#TweetChat on African Youth & Climate Change!

#TweetChat on African Youth & Climate Change!

On Saturday 30 January 2016, Ignite The Youth along with invited moderators had well over an hour long discussion on Climate Change and how it relates to the African Youth. Of note our moderators included Kudzanai Chimhanda from Zimbabwe, whose "interests are embedded in the active engagement of African youths in challenging global issues pertaining to climate change and sustainable agriculture". We were also privileged to have the participation of Ekai Nabenyo, a motivational speaker and climate change advocate in Kenya. Our 3rd moderator was Mr. Ajobiewe Tolulope Odigwe, a keen Environmentalist from Nigeria and designated representative of Ignite The Youth in the conversation. Here we storified the key ponts in the conversation... [ View the story "African Youth & Climate Change" on Storify ]

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After COP 21, What Next Nigeria?

After COP 21, What Next Nigeria?

Ajobiewe Tolulope Odigwe Ibadan, Nigeria In the buildup to COP 21 much admonition came from climate trackers, essayists and policy makers. These sets of people took the time to carefully educate and enlighten people on the impending dangers of climate change, they also helped people understand how and why climate issues affect their lives. In-fact they provided a collection of practical and instructive articles. Yes! These people championed the course of environmental protection and sustainability by the act of writing and storytelling.  At this time, negotiations are still on-going. Talks and deliberations have also taken the center stage in Paris at the COP 21, with Heads of states and representatives pledging their undying commitments towards curbing the threats of climate change. Suffice to say they have gathered together to chart a new course in the drive to bequeath a sustainable environment to generations to come. But even at this point, there is the need to remind ourse

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The Role of "African Youth" in Finding Solutions to Climate Change

The Role of "African Youth" in Finding Solutions to Climate Change

Essia Guezzi Le KRAM, Tunisia What is the role of the "African Youths" in finding solutions to Climate  Change? Young people and children are the future generation who will become decision  makers and  control the World.  Which is why it is their role to find the solutions to deal with Climate Change. The current situation of the planet is a clear result of bad economic development policies adopted by policy makers around the world. We as the youth may not be responsible for what has already happened, but we have already suffered the consequences of climate change and resource scarcity!  We the youth of Africa, we must assume our responsibility towards society, the environment and the rights of future generations. We must be the continent's defenders against false political following by governments, we must play the role of ambassadors of the environment, share the culture of sustainability and good resource management practices. The African youth must ad

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Climate Change, Water & Health

Climate Change, Water & Health

Ajobiewe Tolulope Odigwe Ibadan, Nigeria The manifestation of climate change has had its effects directly or indirectly on human health. The World Health Organisation (WHO) in its estimates reported that 150,000 deaths were caused by climate change in the year 2000. In 2003, WHO conducted another study which revealed that 5.5 million healthy years of life were lost worldwide due to debilitating diseases caused by climate change. Increasingly, there has been evidence that points clearly to the effects of climate variability on the quality and availability of water supplies. In 2002, Sharon and Macol in “Gender, Population and Environment”, narrated that current scientific research shows that climate change will have major effects on precipitation, evaporation, and runoff — and ultimately on the water supply.  Undoubtedly, water is the most abundant molecule on earth, it is approximately 70% of the earth’s surface. In addition, depending on age and body size, the human body is u

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INTERVIEW: Tshepang & Politics in Botswana

INTERVIEW: Tshepang & Politics in Botswana

My name is Tshepang Mogwera, I am a 21 year old Ohio University graduate and I hold BA degrees in Economics and Global Studies.   Q As a young person, what are your views on politics and their importance in our society?  A Everything is political! Politics permeate every facet of our society, including our social experiences and the economy; we are thus affected directly and indirectly by the policies adopted, and decisions made by our governments. In order for any state or institution to thrive, the internal and external politics must be conducive to achieving their goals. That is politics and it is an inextricable part of society. The water and power crises we are currently experiencing in Botswana? – They are political. In light of this, I think it is imperative that the youth not only educate themselves, but participate in politics as well. We currently have low youth participation as well as representation in Botswana.  Q Do you think politicians and the cur

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INTERVIEW: Twaambo Mudenda on Politics

INTERVIEW: Twaambo Mudenda on Politics

My name is Twaambo Mudenda. I’m a 21 year old Zambian that was born and raised in Botswana, and that still is home even though I’m currently in China for my tertiary studies. Q As a young person, what are your views on politics and their importance in our society? A   I think politics is extremely important in society as it’s supposed to play a key role in governance. Regardless of national origin, politics influence the daily lives of citizens from all socioeconomic backgrounds, races and ethnic origins. Politics directly affect our lives, socially and economically, we as the youth need to know and have an interest in it. Q Do you think politicians and the current political climate are helping the youth develop in any way? If not, please elucidate further. A The government definitely does have structures in place to help develop the youth. These structures could be much be implemented though. CEDA as an example leaves a lot to be desired. The government

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The African Youth Should Drive Political Change

The African Youth Should Drive Political Change

Sakah Bernard Nsaidzedze Yaounde, Cameroon THE AFRICAN YOUTH CAN AND SHOULD DRIVE POLITICAL CHANGE FROM TODAY, NOT TOMORROW… According the United Nations Population Division, there were 1.2 billion youth aged 15-24 years globally in 2015, accounting for one out of every six people worldwide . The UNFPA (2014) says the world was home to 1.8 billion young people between the ages of 10 and 24 during that year and the youth population is growing fastest in the poorer nations. In Africa the number of youth is growing just as rapidly. In 2015, 226 million youth aged 15-24 lived in Africa, accounting for 19 per cent of the global youth population . These figures become overbearing when one considers the category of young people up to 35 years old as in the context of Cameroon among other African countries. Despite the geometrically growing youth population across Africa and globally, youth continue to experience marked political exclusion and marginalisation when it comes to deci

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LES JEUNES ET LA POLITIQUE

LES JEUNES ET LA POLITIQUE

Alida Gloria Irakoze Kigali, Rwanda Pourquoi  il n’y a aucun changement jusqu'à maintenant? Nous sommes jeunes et nous voulons que les choses soient différentes dans nos pays mais je me demande toujours si nous sommes capables? Si oui sommes nous les premiers à essayer ce changement étant jeunes? Et enfin, si nous ne sommes pas, pourquoi aucun changement jusqu'à maintenant? NOUS NE SOMMES PAS LES PREMIERS A TENTER LE CHANGEMENT EN AFRIQUE Dans le passé nous avons appris comment les jeunes ont essayés de sauver leurs Nations comme  Nelson Mandela, Son Excellence Paul Kagame, Sankara, Lumumba et tous les autres jeunes qui voulaient sauver l'Afrique. Ceux qui sont encore en vie se battent toujours mais l’Afrique continue d’affronter différent problème politiques, sociales et économiques pourtant la plupart d'entre eux sont liés à l'instabilité politique et non durable. Qui est un leader? Un leader est "une personne qui influence un groupe de p

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