The Global Climate Change Youth Movement is set to beat the Guinness World Record 2018 by engaging young people to create 100’000 climate change postcards. This project by The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC is a unique approach to engage children and youths to take immediate actions to stop global warming in line with the 2015 Paris Agreement.
As leaders and decision makers prepare to advance Climate Action during the Conference of Parties (COP24) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Poland; Media for Community Change Initiative, an implementing partner in Nigeria has raised the voice of young people. Undoubtedly, children and youths make up the generations that can drive towards climate compatible as they will have to live longer with tomorrow’s climate.
We are so glad to have served as an implementing partner for the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation and Blue Luxury Investment to raise voices of children and youth in Nigeria about climate change!
In the last few days, we’ve engaged over 700 students across various schools in Nigeria on climate change and climate action; the students will set a new world record in the Guinness Book of Records having expressed their thought paintings on postcards.
This project presented our team a unique privilege of interacting with different students in public and private schools across different classes. One thing stood out, their openness to learn more about Climate Change and the limitless expression of their creativity.
With more enlightenment and an efficient support structure, perhaps they can convert these postcards expressions to practical Climate action.
We believe the students can do more and be more if the policy makers in Nigeria and Africa at large can ensure quality education for students and quality investment into safeguarding our environment.
Many thanks to Uyolo, Blue Luxury Investments and the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation for entrusting Media for Community Change Initiative with this very engaging and novel task. And to our local implementing partners – whole Aid Initiative and participating schools, We are happy that together we could make this a success.
Watch this space for updates from COP24 in Poland!
As more young people continue to selflessly work towards the actualization of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals in Nigeria, the Executive Director of Pink Oak Cancer Trust, Dr. Laz Ude has urged young people to advocate for issues they are most passionate about.
Speaking in Abuja, at a recent capacity building program organized by Media for Community Change with the theme: “Maximizing the New Media for Sustainable Development”; the health physician, policy advocate and development consultant, stressed the importance of passion in advocacy and social interventions.
“Passion is really important. Advocate for issues you’re most passionate about. When you identify an issue, first, you must make accurate diagnose about the problem. Next, you should define the objectives of your intervention applying the SMART approach. Remember, for any remarkable success, you and your team must have sufficient information and apply accurate data to solve the challenge and actualize the global goals.”
Dr. Laz, who is also the producer of weekly radio program – Talk Health Naija, further advised people working around the SDGs on collaboration: “Young people should deploy the media to amplify their efforts towards actualizing the Sustainable Development Goals. Partnering with other people who share the similar passion will go a long way to help.”