Save The Children has held a special hearing workshop on Climate Change and Economic equality with children from over 15 Communities on the 5th August 2022 at the Family Kingdom in Freetown.
The rationale behind the hearing is due to the fact that around the world children are actively keen to campaign on the connected issues of economic inequality and climate change of which 1 Billion children are at extreme risk. In recent research conducted by Save The Children, see the need for systematic changes to address these concerns.
Keynote speaker of the the program, Finnex J Asibor, founder of Shout Climate Change Africa emphasized that “Urbanization is a threat we are facing as a Nation we are seeing.it as a development without thinking of the negative impact of it,
if cities towns villages and communities are joinining together it meeans we are heading towards danger if measure is not put in place, I forecast 30 to 50 years’ time there will be no more land for agriculture which means there would be no food we should alsoexpect our Rivers streams and every other source of drinking
water to dry out which means there would be no water to drink.”
we are calling it development I call it development to destructions. Let me quickly use this opportunity to announce to you all, we are succeeding in destroying the environment for the children
and generation yet unborn, they need to hold us responsible, we need to find a way for the children to start taking action now
because the atmosphere we are enjoying they might not have the opportunity to enjoy the same natural atmosphere. I want to appreciate save the children international Sierra Leone for the bold _step they have taken to protect the environment. He stated
we are calling it development I call it development todestructions. Let me quickly use this opportunity to announce to you all, weare succeeding in destroying the environment for the childrena and generation yet unborn, they need to hold us responsible, we need to find a way for the children to start taking action now because the atmosphere we are enjoying they might not have the opportunity to enjoy the same natural atmosphere.
I want to appreciate Save The children international Sierra Leone for the bold _step they have taken to protect the environment.” He stated
Director of Communication and Advocacy Save The Children, Ramatu Jalloh stated that they brought together children from various Communities that are vulnerable to climate change and also form Kailahun district to find out what they know about climate change and whether there has been any impact in their lives so far. She further pointed out that another thing they are also trying to find out from the children is their understanding of economic inequality.
“You know of course the world is difficult for children and they are going through a lot of challenges in the world. We know the weather is affecting livelihoods around Communities and for that reason we really want to talk to our children on how they see the situation and how it is affecting their lives.
She further revealed that they want Sierra children to become champions because they are the future leaders.She added that the future starts now. She believes when children understand and have knowledge on any specific issues and take that knowledge to action we can see change.
Kormoh, one of the childrens’ representatives from Kailahun district acknowledges that fact climate change is harmful to humans. He believes that deforestation is one of the major causes of climate change.
Hawa Fatmata Yarjah who represented the Children describes climate change as the changing of a weather condition.She believes if we are to combat this threat then it should be a collective responsibility. She further stated that as a result of what she has learnt from the workshop, she is prepares to become a change agent in her community. She thanked Save The Children for giving them the opportunity to discuss such crucial topics.
Save The Children continues to hold meaningful, diverse, public hearings all across the world to hear childrens views on inequality and climate change throughout 2022. The hearings are listening opportunities to gather childrens ideas, demands, recommendations, solutions, hopes and needs.
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