Climate change adaptation youth action programme and outreach strategy
The climate change Youth Action Programme and outreach strategy is one of the ongoing work under the AAP NAM, and has now been self-running for the past year. Thus far the Namibia Youth Coalition on Climate Change (NYCCC) has been founded. The coalition is aiming to engage many more young Namibians in taking climate change action. NYCCC is a network of youth groups, educational institutions and governmental departments all acting on climate change issues. See http://www.youthclimate-namibia.org/ for more information.
A national youth conference on climate change adaptation took place on the 29th and the 30th of July 2011. A key derivable from this event was the Namibia CCA Adaptation Youth Action Programme.
The conference brought together some 300 young people (15-35 years) from high schools, youth groups, other civil society organisations, and Government and private sector companies.
The objective of the CCA youth conference was to:
- Raise awareness and educate the youth on issues of climate change and CCA in Namibia
- Solicit inputs into the development of the YAP and outreach strategy on climate change
- Sensitize the youth to be part of the NYCCC
Prior to the conference a high school multi-media competition was advertised through different radio stations, print media and through the National Youth Council. The competition was calling upon learners to come up with their own expression of what climate change is. The winners were awarded at the conference. See http://www.youthclimate-namibia.org/ for more information.
Through the network and AAP NAM funding, two youth groups were mobilised to implement pilot projects related to CCA. These are:
- The young achievers – urban poultry pilot project (http://www.youthclimate-namibia.org/view_conf.php?pageID=15)
- The physical active youth – urban garden (http://www.youthclimate-namibia.org/view_conf.php?pageID=16)