Partners for Conservation and Plant for the Planet join efforts for climate justice
Climate change is a change in the statistical distribution of weather patterns when that change lasts for an extended period of time (decades to millions of years). Climate change may refer to a change in average weather conditions, or in the time variation of weather around longer-term average conditions (more or fewer extreme weather events). Climate change is caused by factors such as biotic processes, variations in solar radiation received by Earth, plate tectonics, and volcanic eruptions. Certain human activities have also been identified as significant causes of recent climate change, often referred to as global warming. While Scientists actively work to understand past and future climate by using observations and theoretical models, the United Nations through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), parties are objectively determined to stabilize atmospheric concentrations of Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) at a level that would prevent dangerous human interference of the climate system to give a valuable judgments to analysis and information on the impacts of climate change provided by scientists
On the other hand, development and conservation actors are not left behind. For instance, Partners For Conservation and Plant For the Planet have come up with a joint initiative to mobilize the humanity mainly the youth about climate change issue: causes and effects, adaptation and mitigation mechanisms.
Plant for the Planet is a Germany based organization aimed at tackling climate causes and effects by engaging children through planting million trees in each country of the world.
After a Memorandum of Understanding was signed, the two organizations met on this 7th.of March 2017 to officially launched the “Climate Justice Ambassadors” project in Rwanda. The project involves the training of Climate Change Ambassadors. The inaugural ceremony was held at Groupe Scolaire Shingiro, in Musanze district, Northern Province of Rwanda.
According to Patrick ISINGIZWE, the Plant For Planet Rwandan country Coordinator, mobilization for climate justice will be organized through academies. In other words a one-day event putting together between 60-80 children aged between 12-16 years old and managed by 2 to 4 moderators and 1-2 climate justice ambassadors. He recalled that the academies represent an opportunity to learn about causes and effects of the climate crisis as well as mechanisms for adaptation and mitigation.
In his intervention Emmanuel BUGINGO, Partners For Conservation Executive Director and Founder mentioned that this project comes in to straighten existing Environmental clubs and Nature clubs by providing them with opportunities to learn about climate change issues, acquire basic knowledge and skills to combat its side effects and work towards a better world. “That’s why you will be called Climate Change Ambassadors”. He added that working with existing environmental structures remains their deer priority henceforth they won’t ask for the formation of new clubs. He concluded by stressing kids to join by passion not by leisure.
In his remark, Mr. Emmanuel NTEZIRYAYO, GS Shingiro Headmaster reiterated the importance of climate justice and called all kids to take that advantage which opens doors for them to join other kids who worldwide are actively on the war against climate change and its effects. He expressed his gratitude to both Partners For Conservation and Plant For Planet for choosing GS Shingiro to host such very significant event before reiterating his entire collaboration and assistance for the success of the project.
For a kid to become Climate Change Ambassador, he/she needs to complete an academy, receive the book Tree-by Tree as a well as a certificate. Each academy is concluded by a tree planting ceremony whereby academicians plant a tree each as a symbol of their contribution to climate justice. By planting a tree, an academician commits to ensure regular follow up to ensure the tree grows well and to eventually replace it once in bad growth conditions. Among activities scheduled on academy agenda, include brainstorming, group discussions, questions and answers, movies and documentaries screening.
While Plant for the Planet provide training materials including books, T-Shirts and other necessary materials such as maps, Partners For Conservation’s responsibility involves project management.
The 1st academy is scheduled to be held at GS Shingiro on May 6th, 2017 and will gather 80 children from 4 different schools including Shingiro, Bisate, Tero ad Ruhehe all from Musanze district.