Author: Edson Dambaza

Food security and Climate change

“Fundamental initiatives for Zimbabwe” The African continent will be the most affected by climate change, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). In a region where 70 percent of inhabitants still directly rely on the land for their livelihoods, the amount of usable land is decreasing as the number of people who need it is increasing. With the need for food increasing fast, some farmers are exhausting their soils, thereby preventing their replenishment. So far, many efforts to grow more food in Zimbabwe have focused on the increased use of mineral fertilizers, improved seed and strengthening targeted...

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Youth And The Environment: “The Forgotten Relationship”

The youth have special concerns and special responsibilities in relation to the environment. A number of environmental risks and hazards disproportionately affect young people, who have to live for an extended period with the deteriorating environment bequeathed to them by earlier generations. That being the case, young people will be compelled to engage in new forms of action and activism that will generate effective responses to ecological challenges. Young people constitute a large part of the world’s population. Many, especially young children, are particularly vulnerable to environmental risks associated with, for example, access to clean and safe drinking water. In addition, young people will have to live longer with the consequences of current environmental decisions than will their elders. Future generations will also be affected by these decisions and the extent to which they have addressed concerns such as the depletion of resources, the loss of biodiversity, and long-lived waste generation. Hence the involvement of youth in environmental management initiatives has far more reaching benefits for the future sustainability of the environment especially in our developing countries of Africa where vast natural resources are being extracted in the name of development. The participation of youth in environmental protection can be sought at levels and locations ranging from grass-roots activism and participation in conservation projects to policy-making bodies and NGOs. However, this can only be possible if the youth are...

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