The reality is, if you look at any community, there are so many multifaceted challenges afflicting them. Many cannot afford food not to talk of a roof on their head. They cannot even afford to send their kids to school. These are realities spotted across the world. However, at the same time, if you look at one challenge that wires throughout all these challenges, it is climate change. The changing climate is already turbocharging and supercharging extreme weather events – from droughts to floods, hurricanes, sea-level rise, etc. When there is a drought, there is no food. When there is a drought, those who depend on livestock gets affected significantly when the livestock dies. When there is no food, those who rely on food to feed their family will not provide for them. So, climate change only helps make a problem that is already big bigger. If you are not addressing climate change, then the injustice aspect becomes even more significant because no single citizen should be poor in a world that is so rich. So if there is an environmental issue like climate change, we must all pull together to do whatever we can to address it.
Young people taking up #climatechange activism worldwide are doing the right thing. However, activism is important but alone is not enough. Activism is a means, not an end. Therefore, there need to be specific actions that young people can take as much as activism. We developed and championed the innovative development model called #Innovativevolunteerism, which centres on engaging the entirety of society in providing structured inspired guidance to tap into #climate opportunities building on the willing.