Climate Justice is a term used to frame global warming as an ethical and political issue, rather the one that is purely environmental or physical in nature. Day one of the capacity building workshop began on Thursday, November 12, 2020 with an indoor intensive training section at Youth Bridge Office in Paynesville, outside Monrovia. It brought together more than 30 participants from the Government of Liberia through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Ministry of Youth and Sports, several grass root civil society organizations, the Mano River Youth Parliament Liberia Chapter as well as other partners.
Day-two of the training was held Friday, November 13, 2020 with a practical learning exercise where more than 20 young people toured the West Point Community for sight-seeing to enable them have a broader picture of some of the effects climate justice poses on the livelihood of people. Providing an overview at the start of the two days’ sections, Youth Bridge Executive Director, Mr. Roberts K. Gboluma II, said if young people who are to become future leaders have the requisite education and skills on issues relating to Climate Justice and Electoral Accountability, an estimate of 30 to 40 percent of the population would leave out of poverty.
The Youth Bridge head pointed out that it is now time for the young people to divert their attention from politics as well as sports and focus more on advocacies, using the social media to protect the climate from greengases that pose threat to the livelihood of many citizens. "About 100% of our lives lie on climate. In terms of food, protection, herbs etc. 30 % of our population will graduate from poverty if we adhere to climate justice. This is the change we, at Youth Bridge, envisage,” he said. "The Climate is responsible for food, for example, we are in West Point today to see what the sea erosion has caused people living around the sea.
We have put together mitigation strategy to curb the situation and we thought that young people leave from politics conversation to focus on how to protect the climate. In terms of chemicals being deposited in the sea, that cause the fishes to die, sea erosion and so on. We want our young generation to serve as agents of change and be ambassadors for climate justice,” the executive director of Youth Bridge stated. He expressed optimism that after acquiring the knowledge and practical experience, young people will now begin the campaign of protecting the climate within their respective communities as they return home.
The executive director Youth Bridge extended thanks and appreciation to Actionaid - Liberia through its partners for fully sponsoring the program, including all the participants that made the two-day Climate Justice exercise a success.
Youth Bridge is among top key advocacy organizations that continuesto empower young people from diverse background as it relates to sustainable advocacy on issues such as Leadership Role, Peace and Conflict Resolution, Rule of Law, Electoral Matters, amongst others.