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YVE observes Youth and Climate Action Day

Nov 11, 2021, 2:11 PM | Article By: Sulayman Waan

Young Volunteers for the Environment (YVE), a youth-led environmental organisation on Saturday 6 October 2021 observed the Declaration of Youth and Climate Action.

 

The young environmentalists commemorated the day in a form of a march past from Jah Oil Petroleum Station in Brikama to The University of The Gambia (UTG) Campus.

 The march past was characterised by holding posters indicating Climate Justice.  

Participants also grew some plants within the campus. 

YVE, is a youth environmental organisation aimed at advocating for environmental sustainability, biodiversity, waste management, climate change, natural resources management and environmental protection. 

Speaking at the ceremony, Amadou Sowe, networking and partnership officer for the organisation described climate change as a global phenomenon that affects the whole world.

Sowe observed that for the world to mitigate the effects of climate change there is a great need for all and sundry to embark on tree planting, discourage deforestation and avoid all negative activities towards the environment.

He further called on all and sundry to unanimously combat climate change to make sure the future generation is safe from climate effects. He noted that the next generation is likely to suffer from climate change if people do not change their attitude towards the environment. 

Omar Mbye, climate activist stated; “About climate justice, we are looking forward for different stakeholders to come together in order to bring integrated system to manage available resources, and not to extinct them, because due to the extinction of certain resources within, our environment is leading in vain.”

He called on stakeholders to honor climate justice and equity, while appealing to youth to volunteer for the environment to contribute to mitigating climate change.

Rugiatou Camara, a student from Soma Senior Secondary School, expressed readiness to volunteer for the environment and also called on young girls to join her on the volunteerism as well as make the environment green. This, she said is good for human health. 

Presenting the declaration, Bakary Jadama, manager for environment and health unit at the Brikama Area Council (BAC) said there is a need for advocacy for global recognition and fulfillment of youths’ inalienable right to a healthy environment, and take steps to enshrine this right where appropriate into national, regional or global framework, national policies and legislation.

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