Mr. Ezekiel Nyanfor, Founder and Executive Director of Liberian Youth for Climate Actions   Mr. Ezekiel Nyanfor, Founder and Executive Director of Liberian Youth for Climate Actions

For Climate Change Financing For Least Developed Countries, Young Liberian Climate Change Activist Backs President Weah

Young Liberian Climate Change activist has underscored the need for climate financing to help least developed countries deal with climate impact and climate education.

Ezekiel Nyanfor is the Founder and Executive Director of Liberian Youth for Climate Actions, an organization that is involved in climate awareness and education in several communities in Liberia.

Mr. Nyanfor, in an interview with the BBC on November 3, 2021, said he supports his President, George Manneh Weah’s statement at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (UNCCC), dubbed the Conference of Parties (COP26) that his country, Liberia maintains and protects the largest remaining tracts of forest reserves, but get the lowest benefits for these ecosystem services.

According to President Weah, African Countries bear the brunt of the impact of climate change, but benefit the least from existing solutions and financing arrangements currently in place for tacking climate change.

Mr. Nyanfor told the BBC, “I agree with my president that the issue with financing is a challenge for least developed country like Liberia, there have been a lot of bureaucracy in accessing fund to fight climate change and I do believe and affirmed that there should be a reduction in the bureaucracy to access finance when it comes to climate change,” he asserted. .

Mr. Nyanfor recalled that back in 2009 developed countries pledged their commitment to giving 100 billion every year to least developed countries, a pledge that is yet to be fulfilled.

When asked by the BBC reporter on what exactly the funding will be needed for as a country, he explained that Liberia faces lot of impacts when it comes to climate change.

He named the agriculture sector as been hugely affected with the changes in the season pattern and farmers are finding it difficult in growing their crops which will lead to low production in food and the crisis of food security will become a serious challenge in Liberia, as such, the agriculture sector will be one of the beneficiaries of said funding among many others that have been impacted by climate change.

The young Liberian Climate Change activist pointed out that Liberia is located along the coastal line with nine counties out of 15 being coastal counties which makes Liberia at high level of impact when it comes to sea erosion and sea level rise.

 “I think we need to also build our coastal defense system and get into climate smart agriculture including lot of issues that confront our fishery industry as well,” Mr. Nyanfor told the BBC.

He said his organization “Liberian Youth for Climate Actions” has recommended to stakeholders in the education sector that climate education be introduced in schools around the country.

Even though he acknowledged that there are more young people now involved into climate awareness, advocacy and other climate change activities, there is a need to do more regarding proper and sufficient awareness and education in schools across the country for climate education.

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