Kenya has a commitment of planting 15 billion trees by 2032; GRETFUP will be part to help the government achieve the goal.
Kenya economy is largely dependent on tourism and rainfed agriculture, both are susceptible to climate change and extreme weather events increasing heat and recurrent droughts contribute to severe crops and livestock losses, leading to famine, displacement and other threats to human health and well-being
𝗕𝗨𝗜𝗟𝗗𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗖𝗔𝗣𝗔𝗖𝗜𝗧𝗬 𝗢𝗙 𝗬𝗢𝗨𝗧𝗛 𝗜𝗡 𝗔𝗙𝗥𝗜𝗖𝗔 𝗧𝗢 𝗙𝗜𝗚𝗛𝗧 𝗖𝗟𝗜𝗠𝗔𝗧𝗘 𝗖𝗛𝗔𝗡𝗚𝗘
Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our time, and its impacts are already being felt across the globe. In Africa, the effects of climate change are particularly severe, with rising temperatures, more frequent and severe droughts, and increased flooding threatening the livelihoods and wellbeing of millions of people. In this context, building the capacity of youth and providing them with the resources they need to fight climate change is critical.
Youth represent a powerful force for change, and they have the potential to drive innovative solutions to address the challenges posed by climate change. However, they often lack the resources, skills, and support needed to turn their ideas into action. This is where building their capacity and providing them with funding becomes essential.
One of the first steps to building the capacity of youth to fight climate change is education and training. This can include formal education programs and workshops, as well as informal learning opportunities. Providing youth with the knowledge and skills they need to understand the science behind climate change, its impacts, and possible solutions is critical in empowering them to take action.
Another critical step is building networks and partnerships. Youth-led initiatives can benefit from partnerships with organizations, governments, and businesses that are already working on climate change. This can help youth to access funding, expertise, and resources that can amplify their impact and increase their visibility.
Funding and resources are also essential for youth-led initiatives. Access to seed funding, grants, equipment, and technology can enable youth to implement their ideas and initiatives. Governments and organizations can create opportunities for youth-led projects by setting aside funding and resources specifically for these initiatives. This can promote innovation and creativity among young people and empower them to take action on climate change.
Engaging policymakers is another critical step. Youth-led initiatives need to be taken seriously and incorporated into national climate change strategies. By lobbying for policies that support youth-led initiatives and promoting youth representation in policy-making processes, young people can help shape the direction of climate policy and action.
Finally, fostering a culture of innovation is essential. Encouraging entrepreneurship, creating innovation hubs, and supporting research and development of new technologies and approaches can help to unlock the potential of young people to find new and innovative solutions to climate change challenges.