Uganda has one of the youngest population in the world with 77 per cent of its population being under 30 years of age according to Uganda Bureau of Statistics 2017.
Climate change is one of the most critical challenges and it impacts range from affecting agriculture, further endangering food security, to sea-level rise and the accelerated erosion of coastal zones increasing the intensity of natural disasters, species extinction and the spread of vector-borne diseases.
As per the 60th annual DPI/NGO conference organised by the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) in collaboration with the NGO/DPI, an executive committee met on: ‘Climate change: How it impacts us all” held in September 2017 at the UN headquarters.
It stressed the role of youth, the next generation which inhabits the earth and inherits the responsibility to protect the planet, in fighting the complex problems and social quandaries presented by climate change. Youth education represents one of the most effective tools to combat climate change and cultivate an international understanding among members of the next generation since it is a long-term process that will impact an infinite number of future generations.
The youth can play a crucial role in the movement against climate change.