Youth Affairs, Arts and Sports CS Ababu Namwamba has announced a training program for one million youth on climate adaptation and leadership.
In a statement on Wednesday, September 7, CS Namwamba said the training will impact the youth with knowledge and skills that will provide solutions to challenges brought about by climate change.
The CS stated that the deal was signed on September 7 between the Sports Ministry, the Global Center on Adaptation, the University of Nairobi (UON) and the University of Groningen, on the sidelines of the Africa Climate Summit 2023.
“As an outcome of the Africa Climate Summit, I am delighted to announce a historic partnership between my ministry, the Global Center on Adaptation, the University of Nairobi and the University of Groningen to train 1000,000 Youth Green Army on adaptation and leadership,” he stated.
Further, CS Namwamba said that it was time for the African youth to assume a key role in climate adaptation towards producing innovative solutions to climate challenges facing the African continent.
“The time to talk is over. It is time to act now! We must build the capacity of young people to be effective warriors for climate adaptation,” beamed CS Ababu.
Additionally, CS Namwamba explained that the initiative will deploy trainers, combining music, film, fashion, pageantry, arts, theatre, and sports to mobilize, raise awareness and increase the resilience of local communities.
“We are going to deploy music, arts, and the whole creative ecosystem to come up with innovative solutions to the climate change challenges bedeviling our continent,” said Namwamba.
Moreover, the CS noted that apart from the knowledge and skills on climate change, the trainees will receive a certificate to develop their careers in combating climate change.
“By training and certifying the one million green Army, we are building a formidable base of warriors ready to combat the challenges we face as a continent, relating to climate change.
Each youth under this programme will receive a certificate to advance careers in climate action,” CS Ababu noted.
After the Africa Climate Summit held in Nairobi, African head of states urged the global community to speed up efforts in reducing emissions, fulfilling its obligations, keeping past promises, and supporting the continent in addressing climate change.
Also, the presidents in the declaration called for climate-positive investments that catalyze a growth trajectory, to enable African countries achieve stable middle-income status by 2050.
Further, the leaders recognized the need for urgent action globally to lower emissions and reduce the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
Also, the Nairobi Declaration acknowledged that despite Africa not historically being responsible for global warming, it also endures the most of its effect, impacting lives, livelihoods, and economies.