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Youth receive accolades

Botswana’s youth have received accolades at the just-ended African Ministerial Conference on Climate Change for being eager for environmental issues.

The United Nations Resident Coordinator, Mr Anders Pederson, applauded the Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism for giving the youth the platform to participate in environmental awareness campaigns. This came after the youth, who are part of an international organisation that advocates for environmental issues called Environment Online (ENO), took to the podium and made a statement on behalf of their organisation.

Ms Keletso Sephatsa, the chairperson of ENO Botswana, said for the youth, sustainable development is environmental, economic, social and cultural wellbeing for today and tomorrow.

She said there was no sustainable development without education, hence calling for the involvement of the youth in decision making. Ms Sephatsa said Botswana youth vowed to take action to secure a better future through fair and equitable solutions to dealing with the issues affecting environment and sustainable living. “We value collaborative learning and shared resources,” she said.

She said environmentalists shared the common vision of Botswana and Africa at large, to conserve nature for sustainability. She urged all who were present at the conference to benchmark with Botswana on the involvement of young people on how they use technology for environmental education and sustainability. “We live in an era of technology where we should try to go green as much as possible," she said. ENDS

Source : BOPA

Author : Segametsi Kebonang

Location : Gaborone

Event : African Ministerial Conference

Date : Oct 20 Sun,2013

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