Young people express commitment towards environmental protection

Young people have resolved to be more zealous and committed towards the protection of the environment to avert the current climate crisis, especially in this decade of action for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They made this known at a virtual dialogue organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Ghana on Twitter to mark this year’s World Environment Day on the theme: “Time with Nature - Role of Young People in Protecting the Environment.

 

Participants noted that the innovation and creativity of young people can influence the quest to achieve a safer environment and urged their peers to get actively involved in addressing environmental issues. 

A young student planting a tree

The dialogue, in a press release issued by the UNDP, identified actions such as venturing into green businesses, advocacy, waste resource recovery including recycling to promote circular economy; green blogging, awareness creation, tree planting,  increased interest and youth self-sensitization on environmental issues, as well as clean up exercises as some of the roles young people must play to contribute to the protection of the environment.

In terms of actions from leaders, the youth demanded an effective implementation of environment and climate policies including the Paris Agreement to ensure the sustainability of the planet. Read more.

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