Youth demand bigger role in environmental action

 

Youth demand bigger role in environmental action

Abu Dhabi - It is the young people who will inherit the future of the planet, said Shamma bint Suhail Faris Al Mazrui, Minister of State for Youth Affairs.

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Ismail Sebugwaawo

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Published: Sun 30 Jun 2019, 9:00 PM

Last updated: Sun 30 Jun 2019, 11:24 PM

The youth have demanded a bigger role in climate change action, saying it is their future that is on the line.
It is the young people who will inherit the future of the planet, said Shamma bint Suhail Faris Al Mazrui, Minister of State for Youth Affairs, during a youth dialogue at the climate meeting in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
"The youth are currently feeling the effects of climate change and the need to be involved in negotiations and decisions concerning climate action," Al Mazrui said.
The minister said many young people are more "climate-ambitious" and should be given a stronger role in helping shape policies and make decisions for climate action.
Jayathma Wickramanayake, UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth, said efforts to adapt to extreme weather events will become increasingly important in the near future as the effects of greenhouse gases play out.
"It is important to involve young people in finding ways to mitigate further emissions," she said.
One of the delegates at the meeting, 27-year-old Joshua Amposem from Ghana said the young generation will be paying the price if the older people would neglect their duty to minimise the effects of climate change.
"Climate change is everybody's concern. We can't go far in fulfilling the responsibility of protecting the environment unless we are given the chance to engage in climate change activities," he told Khaleej Times on the sidelines of the meeting.
"Governments should let young people take the lead in issues of climate action so we can save the future together," he added.
ismail@khaleejtimes.com
 


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