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In the last few months, Youths from around the world have been in involved in various activities to demand for climate justice and climate action. The growing movement is now in Africa, with young people taking to the streets in peaceful demonstrations to place pressure on their governments to increase ambition on climate change.

The youth are the back bone of the nation and can change the future of the society with their well-being and courageous behaviour, as they constitute the majority of the population in many countries, and have an increasingly strong social and environmental awareness, that has the power to transform our societies towards a low-carbon and climate resilient future.

Young people aren’t just the leaders of tomorrow, they’re making huge changes to the world around them, right now. Whether it’s through social media or ‘hashtag’ activism, writing online about a cause, or taking part in a protest, there are many ways that young people can ‘be the change’ and make a difference to the world.

This article highlights 6 strategic ways youths across the world can help protect their home – the world.

  1. Use online platforms to reach others.

There’s never been a greater time in history for reaching out to millions of people around the world. You’ve probably seen how a single Twitter hashtag can create massive social awareness. What hashtags can you contribute to, or even create? You can use your Instagram, Twitter and Facebook accounts to spread awareness about climate change and to discuss how you’re helping solve the problem.

  1. Talk about it

Talk more about climate change even if you don’t have all the answers. That’s where creativity and solutions come from. And that’s what will help our leaders to realize that climate change is an important issue for current and future voters, and be bound to do something about it.

  1. Collaborate with others.

Young people must continue to take part in intergovernmental climate change processes across the globe, for quick global effects. More collaborative efforts are crucial to tackling climate change by spreading its awareness among the people and working closely with governments to ensure policy implementations.

  1. Partner with government.

Elected leaders want to hear from their constituents and what they’re interested in. However, they can’t tackle poverty or climate change singlehandedly, what they really want is to know what they can personally do about it. Write to them, or even ask for a meeting with them, and show them what you think they should be focusing on.

 

  1. Buy less stuff.

Buying less not only cuts down on plastic packaging that is clogging our oceans, it also reduces your carbon footprint and puts fewer greenhouse gas emissions into our atmosphere. If you’re a regular user of plastic water bottles, invest in a reusable bottle. If you’re a frequent consumer of straws, opt against them (reusable straws are an option!).

  1. Volunteer

As a Youth Volunteer, you will help advance peace and sustainable development either in your own country or in another country around the globe. You will help people to lead healthier and safer lives and communities to be able to better address present and future challenges. To start with, focus on how you can help your local area or a cause within your country.

By;Maryann Mwende.

Wednesday, 27 March 2019 00:00

Access to portable water is a human right – NGO

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The Climate and Sustainable Development Network of Nigeria (CSDevNet), a coalition of NGOs, says access to portable water is a human right and therefore nobody should be denied of the right.

Dr Ibrahim Choji, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of CSDevNet, who made this known in Abuja, cautioned that no one should be left behind.

Choji, while speaking on the backdrop of the World Water Day, which was celebrated March 22, said attention should be focused on the importance of water.

Sustainable Development Goal 6 remains unequivocally clear that water should be `for all  by 2030.

“This implies leaving no Nigerian behind in the race for water.

“Water is vital for survival and, alongside sanitation helps protect public and environmental health. Our bodies, our cities and our industries, our agriculture and our ecosystems all depend on it.”

He called on all stakeholders including civil society and faith-based organisations to work together and adhere to key behaviours that strengthen Nigeria’s capabilities to deliver permanent and accountable access to water.

“This year’s theme -`Leaving no one behind’ – adapts the central promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that as sustainable development progresses, everyone must benefit.

“Beyond the November 2018 emergency declaration on water by the Nigerian government, CSDevNet believes that the water crisis in Nigeria constitutes an invitation for newer and innovative ways of ensuring water security for all Nigerians.

“The equitable and sustainable management of all the country’s water resources remains a credible key to achieving a prosperous Nigeria as there is no doubt that we are blessed with a blue economy.”

Choji said that CSDevNet was advocating for the implementation of new and innovative financing mechanisms by governments, the private sector and development organisations to meet the SDG 6 targets.

He said that for innovative financing of water and sanitation in Nigeria: CSDevNet was proposing the establishment of Water Banks based on domestic resource mobilisation like pension funds, insurance companies using repayable finance to bridge the financing gap.

“A National Water Financing Facility, which will serve as a mechanism for domestic resource mobilisation for the Water, Sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector with characteristics of pooled investment projects.

“This requires a good governance framework and opportunity for blending private capital with public funding to promote pro-poor policies, blended funding, commercial financing, private equity; and special taxes such as water tax.”

Choji said that achieving universal access to water in Nigeria called for intensive capacity building.

By;Orede.

Young Africans from different countries converged in Accra Ghana for Africa Climate week in from 18-22nd March 2019.  Apart from participating in various sessions during the week, PACJA in collaboration with YOUNGO and other Youth organization organized three lively side events.

Find attached the report.

The first Leg of the visit landed the team at The Caritas offices in Kitui where the team on the ground briefed PACJA officers of the progress being made so far. The major highlights are on the progress of the legislative process ongoing at the County Assembly to adopt and pass the Policy Framework on Climate Change for Kitui. In addition, the team was appraised on the level of preparedness among the communities for the expected rains arising from the trainings on Natural Resource Management that was done by PACJA earlier in the project. Some of the challenges highlighted include the need for cascading the policy training to the Ward mangers and village administrators in view of getting their support in mobilising the community to participate in the hearings and contributions to the bills from the County assembly once they are ready for discussion at the Public Participation forums. In addition, these Cadres of administrators are vital in the policy and legal implementation once they are passed and enacted into law.

At the Community Level, the PACJA team visited two demonstration farms at Ngomeni and Nguni where they had the opportunity to meet the partners of Caritas Kitui on the ground and saw first hand the work being done at the demo farms. The challenges of Climate Change were evident from the visit and the members of the community shared with the team on the heavy repercussions of climate change. There has been delayed rains in the last two seasons, and the rain is insufficient bring down yields and burdening the communities with food insecurity. these have had further repercussions on families who have not only suffered from food shortages but also have had to deal with the shortage of water that has forced both women and children to travel long distances for the precious commodity.

It was evident that women and children are disproportionately suffering from the effects of climate change, not only because they have to walk long distances for water, but also carry the heavier burdens of diseases among children from lack of adequate water for sanitation. Women particularly of childbearing age have been reported to suffer heavily from the challenges of shortage of water, that some are know to have miscarried and others gotten premature babies as a result of the water challenges and changes in the weather conditions.

Caritas Kitui and PACJA have partnered to support the community in building resilience against climate change on the ground. Caritas through the demonstration farms in which Agro-ecology has been taught and knowledge and skills imparted to the communities to help them cope with the changing times. PACJA continues to support them through various efforts to effect and bring about policy and legislation that is climate relevant and ensuring that both the County and National governments put in place the relevant legislations.

 By Mike O'maera.

The struggles to mitigate Climate Change and respond to the challenges brought about by the vagaries of weather require practical steps that have meaningful impact among the people. PACJA in partnership with UKAID through Trocaire have worked with local communities in 3 Counties to support the change of policy and legislation. In addition they have taken the extra step to demonstrate the effect of good policy and legislation on the ground by putting in place demonstrations farms to showcase some of the best farming practices in the difficult conditions that some of our farmers live in. In Ishiara, Embu through the work of the Order of St. Augustine, PACJA and Trocaire have supported the Demo Farms that have been a learning ground for farmers across the area. PACJA officer made a monitoring and Evaluation visit to get an insight on the depths of learning and the feedback from both the beneficiaries and the project implementors. The Challenges of insufficient resources to expand and create bigger impact stood out.

By Mike O'maera.

Sunday, 24 March 2019 00:00

YOUTH EVENTS –AFRICA CLIMATE WEEK 2019

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3/24/2019.

Recently , Youth around the world are gearing up to demand for climate justice and climate action. The growing movement is now in Africa, with young people taking to the streets in peaceful demonstrations to place pressure on their governments to increase ambition on climate change

But, it is not just about increasing Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) , or sitting in boardrooms in front of policymakers to talk about our continental Adaptation Plans. It is about securing future generation, protecting livelihoods and saving the planet earth from climate Change impacts  .

 Young Vibrant Africans today walked on the streets of Accra Ghana to demand for change. The peaceful protest was held at the sidelines of Africa Climate Week by PACJA in collaboration with YOUNGO and Ghana Youth Education Movement (GYEM). The March brought together youth organizations and CSOs across Africa to demand for immediate action  on climate change from leaders . According to participating youths,  Climate Change is no longer a myth. It is that dark monster knocking at their  doorsteps in broad daylight telling them that maybe tomorrow is not promising.

 Speaking during the event PACJA Executive Director Mithika Mwenda emphasized that the war on climate change will be worn by young people through holding government into accounts on key projects implementation. He went ahead to retaliate that PACJA is ready to offer support to all African young people to ensure they are fully   participating in decision making and implementation of Climate policies. Mithika also challenged  young Africans to grab emerging opportunities especially on green technologies and shape Africa destination towards  reducing emissions of Green House Gases (GHG) in atmosphere.    Drought scourge is now extending for more than two months and threatens the food baskets of Africa. It is the abnormal rising temperatures in the night and in the day that result in heat strokes for babies and increase the spread of diseases.

Young people are not going to sit down and do nothing. They will push back and say enough is enough!. Today they resolved they will not stand on the sidelines and watch their governments   negotiate how the future will look like without including them.  Additionally youth demanded  African governments to support innovative ideas from young people especially on small medium enterprises and green growth agendas. This will greatly support young people to invest more on green energy technologies. In this age of digital technology, globalization and multilateralism, Youth  are demanding to be heard, demanding to be included, demanding for real action. They need leaders to pay more attention to adaptation and loss and damage, to take responsibility and ownership of national budgets and the private sector so that we can implement strategies towards climate neutrality.

 National dialogues must meaningfully involve young people, otherwise what is a stakeholder consultation, when the key stakeholders that matter are absent from the room?  According to most participants during the event, they are tired of the status-quo, of being locked out of meeting rooms where decisions are made. It is ever so easy to bracket and delete crucial texts on contentious issues that appear too difficult to deliberate on. Gone are the days when contexts like financing, carbon pricing and clean development mechanisms were left for those older than us to demystify. Young people are now more informed and educated generation with innovative ideas and solutions that work. All they need is someone to listen and support them because they are youthful generation and they make up nearly half of the world’s population.

 Now is the time to take the needed steps that will ensure Africa continent  remain within the 1.5 degrees target by 2030.  Youth used the opportunity Africa Climate Week, to create pathways for green jobs, to power Africa with renewable and affordable energy and to place women, children and youth in the center of policy processes. They committed to contribute more ideas on climate funding in order to take Climate financial responsibility and put a price tag to climate change. Now is the time for Young people to become guardians of  Africa continent and  believe that they can achieve climate neutrality together. Like Nelson Mandela said “It always seems impossible until it’s done”. At the end of climate week activities Youths resolved to join forces towards a green and sustainable Africa.

 By Dickson Kithinji.

With women being the majority of the poor in developing countries and communities highly dependent on natural resources, experts participating in the Africa Climate Week (ACW) have argued that practical solutions hinge on women’s participation in all aspects of the climate change debate.

In her presentation at the Africa Consultative Workshop on the sidelines of ACW, Salina Sanou, with the Pan Africa Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), said there is need to continue supporting indigenous women led organisations to empower them as role models.

She added that gender disintegrated data is a good way of identifying and rectifying gaps in monitoring progress in the climate change discussion.

“Women and men are experiencing climate change differently, as gender inequalities persist around the world, recognising the important contributions of women as decision makers, stakeholders, and experts across sectors and at all levels can lead to successful, long-term solutions to climate change. Indigenous women are an important part of the REDD+ process and the climate change discussion and cannot be ignored.”

Find attached the Africa Climate week Newsletter.

 

Saturday, 23 March 2019 00:00

PACJA leads African CSOs to demand climate action

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Accra, Ghana—As the devastation left behind by Cyclone Idai continued to shock the world, dozens of civil society activists broke from the Africa Climate Week here and took to the streets Thursday to demand just, fair and equitable climate action from continental and world leaders.

Failures by world leaders to match words in international climate change negotiations and agreements with commensurate action has left Africa ever so vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change and incapacitated to do much about it.

The global community has failed Africa, “especially when it comes to issues to do with finance to support African adapt to climate change and undertake mitigation actions,” said Charles Mwangi of the Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), which lead Thursday’s march.

“Africa is the least contributor to climate change, but we are the [worst] victims. But we do not want to be the victims, we want to be part and passel of the solution and need support to be able to do that.”

Cyclone Idai, now widely considered one of the worst natural disasters registered in the southern hemisphere, has killed at least 350 and displaced thousands of people in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi. Disease outbreaks and starvation are now feared as the impact of the storm lingers.

“The cyclone is a stark reminder of the moral imperative to act on climate change, which experts say is exacerbating such storms,” and official Africa Climate Week statement read.
Activists marched for more than a kilometer for about an hour. “Climate action, now! Climate justice, now!” they chanted through the Ghanaian Capital.

“We want to be heard by the people who are in charge of making policies,” Mwangi said. “We are being told that temperature rise will reach 1.5 degrees by 2030-2050. We must make sure that temperature rise stays below 1.5 degrees. So, we need to march. We need to speak. We need to give the message that we want action now.”

Youth activists joined the march, which culminated at the Accra Conference Center, where continental leaders and global actors had gathered for the African Climate Week.

 

“Inaction today puts our future as young people and that of future generations at risk,” said youth climate activist Rejoice Adzo Sosou Keteku, the Continental Coordinator for Africa of Earth Guardians. “That is why we demand action now.”






 

Wednesday, 20 March 2019 00:00

Une justice climatique pour la femme rurale ?

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Une justice climatique pour la femme rurale ? 

L'Alliance Panafricaine pour la Justice Climatique (PACJA) caresse doucement l’idée de la nécessité de mettre sur pied une justice climatique pour la femme rurale, première victime des changements climatiques. Salina SANOU

Mais avant cela, le concept genre et le changement climatique défendu par l’Alliance fait déjà du chemin.

"C’est un concept très important parce qu’il faut prendre en compte le fait que le changement climatique touche beaucoup plus aux femmes qu'aux hommes. La plupart des femmes en milieu rural ont pour activité principale, l’agriculture. Et quand survient l’effet du changement climatique sur le terrain, elles sont les premières à en être victime", révèle Salina SANOU, Chargée des Objectifs de Développement Durable (ODD) au sein du PACJA. 

"Cette manque de participation des femmes dans les négociations est à tous les niveaux. Au plan national et régional, voire même global, cette participation est estimée à près de 20%. Et là où elles participent on ne leur donne pas suffisamment d’espace pour s’exprimer et agir sur la décision", dénonce-t-elle.

Pour changer la donne, Mme SANOU préconise la sensibilisation auprès des femmes pour leur faire comprendre davantage le changement climatique et leur démontrer qu’elles en sont les premières victimes.

Parallèlement à la semaine africaine du climat ouverte lundi à Accra(Ghana), le PACJA a réuni en atelier mardi, une centaine d’acteurs de la société civile venue de différents pays d’Afrique. 

Il était notamment question d’inventorier les besoins des communautés pour venir à bout du changement climatique.

"En tant que porte-parole de la société civile, nous nous sommes réunis pour trouver les meilleures pistes de solutions à soumettre à nos dirigeants", a lancé Mithika Mwenda, Directeur exécutif du PACJA

 

Financement climatique au centre des débats

Mithika Mwenda

La réunion de l'Alliance Panafricaine pour la Justice Climatique a planché sur la REDD+ (mécanisme) de réduction des émissions de gaz à effet de serre et de la dégradation des forêts dans les pays en développement) et sur le financement climatique.

"Les discussions ont porté sur la manière dont la réglementation et la préservation de la forêt peuvent être utilisées dans les pays africains", explique Mithika Mwenda. 

Au sujet du financement climatique, il fait noter que "toutes les actions, qu’il s’agisse d’adaptation, d’atténuation ou de la technologie nécessaire pour lutter contre le climat, requièrent un financement suffisant". 

Il cite en exemple la Convention-cadre des Nations Unies pour le Changement Climatique (CCNUCC) qui a institué le Fonds vert pour le climat, un mécanisme qui finance le climat.

Le PACJA est lancé depuis 11 ans et est aujourd’hui la plus grande organisation de la société civile avec plus de 1000 membres dans plus de 45 pays d’Afrique. Il incarne la voix africaine sur la justice climatique et environnementale. 

 

Accra, Ghana (20th March 2019) — Mithika Mwenda, the Executive Director of the African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), was today named among the “World’s 100 Most Influential People in Climate Change Policy 2019”. It is the first time such a list, which will become an annual tradition, has been compiled.

Apolitical, the global network for government, curated the list after screening hundreds of nominations by public servants from around the world, including experts at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Harvard University, Oxford University, Bloomberg Philanthropies, NGOs and more.

“The list highlights people currently making the biggest impact on climate change policy… Those recognized include high-profile advocates whose work is indispensable to raising awareness and demanding change. Others are rising stars who are making their mark in local communities and are a driving force behind governmental progress,” Apoliticalsaid in a statement.

Mr. Mwenda said in Accra, Ghana, where his organisation is co-hosting the Africa Climate Week with the UNFCCC: “This is a great honour and not only to me as an individual. It is more than anything else a recognition of the work PACJA has put in for more than a decade to shape just, fair and equitable climate policies and action in Africa and globally. I wish to extend my gratitude to all our members, affiliates and partners who have believed in our vision and assure them of our continued commitments to pursue our shared vision in the ensuing transition to a low-emission, climate-resilient future.” 

The climate policy and action community in Africa has welcomed the distinction.

Jame Murombedzi, Chief, Climate Change Unit and Coordinator of Addis Ababa-based Africa Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) said: “It has been evident for some years that effective climate policy and action requires more than state actors. During the build up to COP21 in 2015, there was incredible expectation that the world would deliver a framework capable of regulating climate actions and ensuring that we achieve a stable climate system. This process also recognised that there was a need to engage CSOs and other non-state actors in ensuring a global governance regime and also in holding state actors accountable.

“On the African continent, PACJA emerged as the leader in convening African CSOs and mobilising the participation of the civil society in national and global processes. PACJA played a significant role in linking CSOs with Pan-African institutions, such as the Pan-African Parliament, the African Union Commission, NEPAD, the African Development Bank and UNECA. PACJA ensured that the civil society became an important component of continental climate change initiatives, such as the Climate for Development in Africa program (CLIMDEV AFRICA). All of this was achieved under the leadership of Mr. Mwenda, who is indeed recognised in African climate change circles as representing a disciplined and consistent position on climate change and development in our continent.”

Kwame Ababio, Senior Program Officer, Environmental Governance and Climate Change at the African Union Development Agency-NEPAD said: “The role that PACJA has played to bring together CSOs and other stakeholders has galvanised Africa's overall approach to climate change and its related issues on the continent. As a leading voice on climate change issues, PACJA has also played a strong advocacy role in ensuring that issues that affect the ordinary citizens in the most remote parts of the continent are highlight at national, regional and global levels.

Mr. Mwenda has played a key role in making all of this happen. He has been a very strong voice on climate action issues. Evidently, the support he has provided to CSOs in championing climate issues has led to a better coordination of non-state actors with the climate  change arena.”

Seth Osafo, Legal Adviser at the Africa Group of Negotiators to the UNFCCC processes, said: “I have been involved with PACJA for more than five years now and I think PACJA, under Mr. Mwenda, has been very effective as an advocacy group in bringing to the fore the challenges that Africa faces with regards to climate  change. One thing that I have found very effective from PACJA is the statements and documents they produce on specific climate change issues, particularly during negotiations. These have been particularly useful to the African Group of Negotiator. We see PACJA as a good collaborator with respect to the support they give the African Broup of Negotiators.”

About Mr. Mwenda

Before founding PACJA ten years ago with a couple of other individuals, Mr. Mwenda, a public policy analyst, worked as a Program Officer with the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC)from 2009 to 2010. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Wits School of Governance in South Africa. He also chairs the institutional Collaboration Platform of ECA-based Climate Research for Development in Africa (CR4D)as well as represents the African civil society in the participants’ committee of the World Bank Forest Carbon Partnership Facility  (FCPF).

About PACJA

PACJAis a continental coalition of Civil Society Organizations with a goal to mobilize and empower African civil society to ensure the realization of environmental and climate justice for all people in Africa. It is the largest consortium of Civil Society Organizations (CSO) with over 1000 members in over 48 countries in Africa, embodying one African voice on climate and environmental justice.

About Apolitical

Apolitical is a peer-to-peer learning platform for government that puts the best solutions at the fingertips of public servants, wherever they are in the world. The platform is used by public servants and policymakers in more than 160 countries to connect with each other and to find original and curated content about what’s working in policymaking around the world, including on topics such as digital government and government innovation.

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