WWF to Engage Thousands of Kampala Youths in Climate Change Mitigation
After a week-long workshop that was concluded in Entebbe last week, a team of WWF and Plan International staff visited the Smart-Up factory, a project that focuses on creativity and promotion of innovation, especially among girls and out-of-school youths. They later proceeded to Kitante Primary School where they interacted with the over 3000 pupils who will be involved in the Education for Sustainable Development project.
While addressing the youths at Smart-Up factory, the WWF Regional Energy Officer, Rogers Muyambi encouraged the youths to continue with the innovations and make efforts to come up with some applications that can help save the environment
According to the representative from WWF-Regional Office Africa, Zipporah Musyoki, model projects such as the Smart-Up factory will be brought on board to stimulate the youth’s creativity to identify solutions on how to attain a sustainable smart environment.
“The kind of work that we have seen at the Smart –Up factory is amazing. We believe that if these talented youths are brought on board, a lot will be achieved for the Smart City project,” She said.
According to the WWF-UCO Country Director, David Duli, it is important to involve the youths in finding solutions for the Climate Changes since they are the majority, very Creative, energetic and most importantly have a greater stake in the future.”
Basing on the project roadmap, the youths in Primary, Secondary and those in tertiary institutions will be enrolled in the Our City 2030 project. However, even youths out of school will be brought on board.
Our city 2030 project is part of the of WWF’s efforts to endorse sustainable cities by supporting learning and participation and reduce the ecological footprint we are leaving on our planet.
It focuses on strengthening youth capacity to engage on issues of climate change, education for sustainable development and disaster risk management in participating country specific cities.
The project will see cities in Zambia, Uganda, Rwanda and Philippines develop roadmaps for emission curves corresponding to 1.5-degree rise including emission reductions and adaptation influenced by solutions and visions of young people.