Ensure Transparency, Transformative Education, Inclusion and Transformative Action – Youth Activist four (4) Demands to Global Government. Written By Prosper Adankai
Eighteen (18) Youth Activist across the globe has called on the World leaders and decision makers to ensure transparency, transformative education, inclusion and transformative actions to climate crisis. An Open Letter from the Youth dubbed “One World, One Health” noted that the current patterns of production, consumption, landscape degradation and pollution have led to the many challenges that all generations are collectively facing: particularly the biodiversity, climate and health crises.
They have therefore urge world leaders, decision-makers, civil society organizations, and individuals to recognize the importance of sustaining a healthy planet and address the inevitable products of our capitalist and colonial system. To commemorate this open letter, GLF elected 2 Youth focused group leaders to deliberate on the Biodiversity recommendation report in an Instagram live. They include the Project Coordinator for Green Africa Youth Organization (GAYO), Betty Osei Bonsu in Ghana and Ruth Oveiedo Halland, a Researcher with Empoderachima in the Texas, United States.
DEMAND FOR TRANSFORMATIVE ACTION
The Project Coordinator for Green Africa Youth Organization (GAYO), Betty Osei Bonsu reiterated the call on all communities, decision makers and the whole of society to recognize that the immediate, severe and disproportionate impacts of the biodiversity and climate crises require concerted and immediate transformative action. She stressed that the relationship between humans and the environment has never been more important hence it was time to recognize the collective contribution to the socio-ecological crisis. “Women, youth, children, and Indigenous Peoples, are among the many groups often marginalized in this crisis, leading them to become the most vulnerable and the most victimized. These communities need representation in governance to ensure that their needs are met today and in the future. She made mention of the new initiative GAYO is about to embark on called “Youth for Climate Council”. This will provide a space for bottom up approach in decision-making and promote transparency.
She further stated that decision-makers and leaders must work together to immediately act upon the drivers that degrade the Earth’s health and subsequently, human wellbeing. The time where youth hold signage’s to raise protest and raise complaints is over, it’s time for action! She added.
DEMAND FOR INCLUSION
Betty Osei Bonsu mentioned that the mobilization of youth networks and organizations could be the catalyst for collective and robust action across all sectors and levels. “Through advocacy, grassroots movements, and networking, we strongly believe that fostering inclusivity, diversity, and intergenerational equity, ensuring environmental justice and mainstreaming gender-responsiveness are crucial to overcoming the challenges we are facing. We, the youth, are committed to working diligently for our common present and future. We invite all generations, all world leaders, decision-makers, and the whole of society to join us in sustaining a safe, radically inclusive and healthy planet for all.” Madam Osei Bonsu pointed out.
For her part, Ruth Oveiedo Halland , a Researcher with Empoderachima in Texas, United States stressed the call on all governments to legislate for greater transparency within the operating systems of industries and sectors directly and indirectly connected with climate change, biodiversity and health. She observed a lack of transparency and free access to accurate and adequate data is hiding highly unsustainable supply chains, creating uncertainty around environmental impact assessments, fostering green washing tactics, and impeding civil society’s ability to expose misinformation. “Governments need to consider nature as an additional stakeholder and integrate the environment into all decisions. We wish to see biodiversity agreements, policies and legislative tools that will ensure that those actors who are responsible for harming our environment are held accountable, in order to safeguard human rights, including indigenous rights, in their implementation, and to guarantee the protection of environmental defenders” Ruth Halland added.
DEMAND FOR TRANSFORMATIVE EDUCATION
The Researcher Ruth further reminded the call on all actors to recognize the complexity and interconnectivity of the ongoing crises and their countless implications, and to prioritize transformative education. “We need transformative education to facilitate our reconnection with nature and to ensure that we value nature through personal and collective experiences. Transformative education should be informed by different ways of knowing, and it should focus on biological diversity, cultural diversity and heritage, and overall sustainability. Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities can inform and shape transformative education, as they hold knowledge for studying and understanding the drivers of these crises, as well as for exploring the ways forward. Transformative education should be integrated into all educational systems and be promoted in informal education settings.” She stressed them forcibly.
From the letter, “We must achieve a world where all communities have access to restore and practice stewardship over their landscapes. We need to find the resources and tools that are grounded in inclusive knowledge to build a sustainable, resilient, and equitable world for current and future generations. We need everyone to realize that the Earth’s health is our health, and that having a safe place to call home is not an option, but a fundamental human right,”
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