BY STEVE EPHRAEM
A Zimbabwe Climate Justice Caravan has begun in Chipinge. The event which has seen youth from Chipinge and across Zimbabwe converge at a lodge in Chipinge town shall run from today (November 14) to tomorrow (November 15). More than 50 youth are participating.
According to the director of Green Institute, Blessing Matasva, the caravan shall help the youth to negotiate on climate justice in order to prepare for participation in the 18th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COY 18) and the 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 28).
“We want the communities to open and frankly discuss on climate change. The caravan shall help create a platform for young people to network, share experiences and learn from each other on climate justice. We shall hold a climate march tomorrow (15 November).
“The caravan will help to create a platform for young people to network, share experiences and learn from each other on climate justice,” he said.
Speaking on the sidelines of the caravan, the Assistant Team Leader for Refugee Coalition for Climate Action (RCCA), Trust Bvaranga, said that youth have a role to play in climate justice.
“As an organisation, we are concerned by how climate change is seriously affecting the economies of refugees at Tongogara Refugee Camp and its surrounding communities. We want to help address the situation,” he said.
Roselilly Ushehwekunze from Food Justice Network Zimbabwe said, “We are concerned with how climate change is affecting food security and food sovereignty. We want to network with other organisations on how best we can protect our traditional seed.
Young Volunteers for the Environment (YVE) is coordinating the event with support from ActionAid and World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF).