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Zambia: Be Proactive in Climate Change Issues, Youths Challenged

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The Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) has implored youths in Zambia to be proactive in climate change related matters as they are not spared from its devastating short and long term effects.

CCZ head of programmes Abraham Chikasa said during a Youth Climate Caravan Concept Presentation in Lusaka that for a long time now Climate Change-related issues had been left to the older generation.

He said it was because of that the Church mother body decided to mobilise youths belonging to various youth groups to help in raising awareness to their fellow young people on climate change matters.

The youth groups among them Global Justice Zambia and Youth Environment Network (YEN)-Zambia have come together to form the Zambian Youth Climate Change Network to speak as one voice at the forthcoming 17th Conference of Parties (COP17) summit in Durban, South Africa from November 28 to December 9, 2011.

CCZ was playing a facilitatory role in mobilising the youth groups ahead of the summit.

Mr Chikasa said it was important that youths committed themselves to climate change matters as they were energetic and had the enthusiasm besides being future leaders and thus their participation was critical in raising awareness on climate change mitigation and adaptation measures.

Developing countries like Zambia lacked the capacity to handle the effects of climate change like developed nations and those developing countries had sacrificed enough hence the call for developed countries, which are the major emitters of greenhouse gases, to take up the challenge.

CCZ emergency and development programme officer George Chibwana said the Church mother body was keen on climate change issues by among others being part of the Zambia Climate Change Network (ZCCN) and thata majority of the citizenry were not aware about climate change matters hence the need for intensified campaigns and awareness.

ZCCN chairperson Noah Zimba was happy that youths were united saying unity was one way of highting climate change as it was a huge problem.

Global Justice Zambia executive director Rodney Katongo said youths were associated with violence and abusing alcohol, but that by the muniting to fight for climate change justice, they had demonstrated they played a pivotal role in sensitising their fellow youths onsuch matters.

YEN-Zambia chief executive officer Billy Lombe said it was important that young people were aware and engaged in climate change matter seven beyond the COP17 summit as they risked being affected in future.