Article By: Rachid Ennnassiri
No one can deny the real threat that climate change poses to the survival of the planet. Several scientific research and studies, especially the recent IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C, have confirmed once again that the earth will not be able to withstand a long time if the emissions of greenhouse gases persist and that the states do not take serious measures to respect their commitments regarding the Paris agreement but first of all regarding the planet.
There are, however, things that can be done to counter this process. Climate change is a global problem, and reductions in emissions made anywhere in the world have the same positive effect as those made locally. Tackling Climate change requires us to act locally, and to think globally, this vision requires states and decision makers to reinforce young people’s contribution to the fight against climate change.
Morocco, like several developing countries, is suffering from the impacts of climate change, the effects are already felt: economic growth has fallen to 1.5%, sealed by the severe drought of 2015 is added to that the problem of the scarcity of water that certain regions of the Moroccan Kingdom are suffering from it.
I was impressed by reading a Report published in 2009 that addresses climate change through the perspectives and experiences of seven young people (from Brazil, Marshall Islands, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Philippines, and the U.S.A.), it explores how environmental changes are affecting young people lives, and what further climatic changes could mean for young people’s lives, livelihoods, health, rights, and sustainable development.
The current population of the world is the youngest generation in history, many initiatives lead by Young people are madding an extraordinary success, concrete climate action experiences persuaded me to be aware that the approach of creating employment opportunities and tackling climate change are among the priorities of young people and it should be at the heart of policymakers.
In this article, I would like to recommend the national and international institutions to the following points in order to harness young people’s contribution to the fight against climate change:
- To encourage reflection meetings between young people to find local solutions to adapt with climate change effects
- To provide information and capacity building for Young People and support technically Climate Action projects, through meetings, consultations, working papers and other means of internal and external communication.#
- Promote and highlight the current contributions and initiatives of Young people around the world in combating Climate change that support the transition to a low-carbon climate-resilient development.
To summarize, I Invite young people all over the world today to ”stand up and call for urgent action on climate change”, their concrete contributions indisputably will make a difference.