Maputo, 13 Aug (AIM) – Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi has challenged young people to address environmental matters with responsibility, taking into account climate change and its effects.
The President launched the challenge on the occasion of International Youth Day, which was celebrated on Saturday under the motto ‘Green Skills for Youth: Towards a Sustainable World’.
‘Young people, organized in associations, in groups, in schools, in neighbourhoods or individually, must actively participate in promoting a green society,’ Nyusi said in a document made public.
In particular, according to the President, young people should promote the planting of trees, reforestation, prevention of uncontrolled burning, cleaning of beaches, avoidance of pollution of rivers by mining activity, among other actions that contribute to environmental sustainability and improvement in the quality of life.
According to the President, the motto chosen for this year calls on public, private and civil society actors to invest increasingly in the technical and behavioral training of young people so that they are at the forefront of promoting a green world.
‘We congratulate the young environmental activists, scientists, educators, farmers, and entrepreneurs who, voluntarily and patriotically, have been committed to the conservation of nature and the environment, contributing to a green society’, he says, adding that ‘the national volunteering strategy, recently approved by the Government, aims to encourage citizens, especially young people, to multiply actions of general interest, especially in the context of promoting a green and sustainable society.’
‘The current international reality is characterized by environmental degradation and extreme weather events caused by climate change. The transition to green economies and sustainable societies depends largely on the mastery of information and techniques to understand and bring answers to these phenomena,’ he explained.
Therefore, according to Nyusi, young people bear a great responsibility in the process of transition to green societies, not only because they constitute the majority of the population, but above all because of their capacity to intervene in the protection of biodiversity and the environment in its multiple dimensions.