Climate change is a critical development in Zimbabwe as it affects private business, government as well as the community sectors, the Young Volunteers for the Environment (YVE) have said.
Lauretta Marembo, the programs director of YVE – a youth-led organisation – said they have taken it upon themselves to spread the message of climate change among the youth, starting with school-going children.
“This year as young people we took the initiative to rebuild the YVE status quo and upscale environmental awareness issues to the society,” Marembo said.
“For now we have been engaging in low-cost projects as well as other initiatives being driven by other environmental organization and the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement. These include; environment day, awareness program at Seke High School, and the green expo.
Marembo said YVE’s thematic areas in the environmental discourse included adapting to clean and renewable energy, waste management, climate change adaptation, mitigation and building resilience in communities, water and sanitation, biodiversity protecting animal and plant species in forests, wetlands and other areas.
“We are also looking at gender and the impact of the environment in gender cases, as we believe that climate change knows no gender,” she said.
By end of year the YVE expects to have covered a number of programmes, among them; the great Wall awareness and education in secondary schools, all high Schools in Chitungwiza; clean energy from decomposed waste; restoration and protection of wetlands with the Combined Harare Residents Association and various stakeholders which are yet to be verified; and, a project on the protection of women and children in the recycling business.
YVE was established in 2013 but had been lying dormant since 2014.
“As a youth organization we are willing and have the energy to address environmental woes emanating from climate change, as we realise that our future hangs in the balance if such issues are not addressed,” she said.