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Environmentalist urges government to provide resources to assist youth gain access to climate change information
Mathews Malata, an environmental rights advocate, has urged the government to put resources in place to help the youth gain access to information about climate change in the country.
Malawi: Mathews Malata, an environmental rights advocate, has urged the government to put resources in place to help the youth gain access to information about climate change in the country, writes Temwani Chimpima.
Malata made the remarks on Wednesday during a COP27 workshop reflection hosted by the National Youth Network on Climate Change (NYNCC) in Lilongwe.
"We presented our petitions at COP27 in Egypt where the Minister of Natural Resources and Climate Change Eisenhower Mkaka and other players in the environmental sector discussed agendas that need to be implemented in the country,” Malata said.
The NYNCC was thinking about the theme of my climate, my action campaign.
Malata added that young people are frequently left behind in environmental issues, emphasising the importance of fully involving them in the response to climate change, which has impacted almost everyone globally.
According to Malata, it is past time for the government to create special facilities that would give the youth access to funds that could support a variety of interventions in the country.
Malata has thus encouraged young people to take action in the fight against climate change injustices.
In agreement with Malata, Dominic Nyasulu, National Coordinator for the National Youth Network on Climate Change, stated that involving youth in decision-making is critical to the country's development.
"Our role is to encourage youth participation in climate change issues, and it is their responsibility to provide them with the necessary resources." Nyasulu was added.
Malawi is one of the countries that has suffered greatly as a result of climate change.