Youth Camp for Environment
Written by Mensa Tsedze, Earth Guardians Africa Coordinator
In order to give a basic environmental education to the younger generation of the Togolese people and to take concrete action in the face of climate change, a camp is taking place from 11 to 17 September 2017. This camp, called “YOUTH CAMP FOR THE ENVIRONMENT”, is organized in close collaboration with Earth Guardians Africa, IDEAS For Us and the Canton Chefs with the support of solutions fund.
Indeed, this camp falls within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In this case Goals 13, 14 and 15 relating to the protection of the environment and climate will be addressed. This camp will focus on the awareness and training of young people under the age of 18 on the causes and consequences of climate change as well as the approaches to solutions that ensure a more liveable future for generations to come up. This training will be followed by a reforestation session during which each participant is required to put a young plant in the ground and maintain it until it fully develops. We also seek to cultivate the sense of responsibility of this young generation by forming teams responsible for the maintenance of their locality and by making them ambassadors for climate justice.
Pictures above from most recent planting and education events at the college Boudè Koufoulmdè where they planted around 300 plants.
This camp will cover a total of five (5) localities: Waragni (in Blitta) and its neighboring villages; Soumdina Haut, Soumdina Bas, Yadè and Bohou for the Kara region. On the threshold of this “YOUTH CAMP FOR THE ENVIRONMENT”; more than 5,000 trees will be planted and more than 6,000 young people will be equipped to fight climate change, protect aquatic life and make reasonable use of the energy we have.
Pictures above from past plantings events across Togo earlier this year.