Africa's Youth Pushing to Make Their Voices Heard
Posted on 7 November 2019
While countries like the USA, Australia, UK and other European nations have been staging huge protests in the fight against climate change, activists in Africa haven’t been offered the same opportunities to make their voices heard.
Young Togolese activists, have reported that their home country of Togo is ruled by a controlling regime that restricts protests. So, the young people around Africa can’t follow in the footsteps of other youth activists around the world.
Africa is going to be the most severely impacted continent in the world thanks to the effects of climate change, according to the United Nations Environment Programme. There will likely be more flooding, a lot less food, and huge losses for the African economy. This is despite the fact that Africa produces much fewer greenhouse emissions than other continents. But, according to research from Afrobarometer released in August this year, around 4 out of 10 Africans have never even heard of climate change.
Young people of influence in Africa are trying to change the situation by increasing awareness. Embarking on practical jobs like tree planting, educating communities, and writing to leaders to encourage action.