Surge Africa, an Abuja-based youth-led climate resilient advocacy firm, has announced the launch of its Youth Manifesto on Climate Change which communicates a call to action from Nigerian youth to the government on key socioeconomic and environmental issues that need urgent attention in the country.
Among other things, the manifesto, which was launched last week Saturday, just a few days after the conclusion of 28th edition of the UN Conference of the the Parties (COP28), highlighted a list of demands for key sectors.
Also, It outlines health, water, agriculture, urban sustainability, energy access, climate finance, waste management, and transportation as fundamental areas of action for the government to effectively address.
The launch created a platform for meaningful engagement between state and non-state actors and the adoption of the Youth Manifesto on Climate Change by relevant individuals within the climate space, according to the organisers.
Nasreen Al-Amin, founder, Surge Africa said that the manifesto comes at a time when there are strong expectations from the government to mobilise political action needed to position our societies and economies towards a low-carbon resilient development.
She described the newly launched manifesto on Climate Change as a governance call to action, noting that its demands provided action points for governments at all levels that are crucial to addressing the multi-dimensional effect of climate change.
To scale these demands, Ms Al-Amin said that they centred the youth demography as a critical population to accelerate climate action, through their inclusive participation in decision-making platforms. This, she said, can be achieved by creating avenues for public engagement and strategic collaboration with youth and youth entities where they can meaningfully contribute to climate governance in Nigeria.
Story was adapted from Premium Times.