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What Africa Climate Summit Means to Young Africans – Olumide Idowu

The Africa Climate Summit is an important step towards tackling climate change and the effects it will have on the African continent. It is of enormous significance for young Africans because it offers a forum where their voices and aspirations may be heard and valued, and this has great significance for young Africans.

First and foremost, the summit respects and recognises the one-of-a-kind difficulties that African countries face in the fight against climate change. Africa is especially susceptible to the effects of climate change, which include severe weather events, droughts, and rising sea levels. These phenomena, in turn, have serious repercussions for the continent’s capacity to maintain its food supply, access to water, and economic growth.

The summit will ensure that the views and concerns of young Africans are amplified and taken into consideration when establishing strategies and policies by focusing exclusively on Africa. This will ensure that their voices are heard.

Second, the summit provides an opportunity for young Africans to demonstrate their innovative approaches to solving the issue of climate change through a variety of activities and solutions. The participation of young community leaders and activists in the debates enables the exchange of thoughts, experiences, and recommendations for best practices, which in turn promotes collaboration and education.

Because of this, young people in Africa are given the opportunity to actively participate in the search for sustainable solutions that are applicable to their specific environments, which ultimately makes it easier for locally-led strategies and interventions to be developed.

In addition to this, the Africa Climate Summit serves as a forum in which young Africans can interact with decision-makers, scientists, and other specialists, as well as officials from international organisations and national governments.

This interaction gives young people in Africa the opportunity to raise awareness about the difficulties they confront, express their hopes and concerns, and advocate for initiatives that give priority to climate justice and sustainability. The summit has the potential to play a catalytic role, serving as an impetus for meaningful conversation and the formation of partnerships that can drive positive change.

The summit acknowledges the significance of the contribution that young people make to the process of determining the future of the African continent by putting a particular emphasis on the continent’s youth. Young people in Africa are not just disproportionately affected by the effects of climate change, but they also have the vitality, creativity, and determination to drive action and advocate for sustainable development.

The summit gives young people a sense of agency and responsibility by giving them the power to take ownership of climate change adaptation and mitigation initiatives in their communities. This is accomplished through integrating young people into the event.

In conclusion, the Africa Climate Summit provides young people from the continent with a priceless opportunity to have their views heard and to contribute to the process of creating climate action on the continent.

The summit lays the way for a future that is more inclusive, sustainable, and resilient for Africa and its young generation by recognising the unique difficulties they face and amplifying the ideas and initiatives they have to address those concerns. Now more than ever, young people in Africa have the opportunity to play a significant part in the formulation of policies that not only affect their present but also their future.


By Olumide Idowu, Executive Director, ICCDI Africa.

Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun is a dynamic media innovator, strategic communication professional, and seasoned climate and environmental sustainability journalist with over 10 years of influential contributions to the media industry.

He Currently serving as the Head of Digital Media, Senior News Editor, and a presenter at Sobi FM 101.9, a leading radio station in Ilorin, Nigeria.

Dare is on a mission to leverage his media innovation expertise and project management skills to produce high-quality, accurate, and engaging content, while advocating for reduced fossil fuel consumption, especially coal, to combat effect of global warming.

He has covered comprehensively environmental issues and COP conferences, including COP28 in Dubai last year , COP 27 in Egypt, and the United Nations Least Developed Countries conference in Doha, in 2023.

He is a recipient of fellowship to be part of a 15 team of journalists selected worldwide to cover the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2024.

He has a Master's Degree in Mass Communication, from the University of Lagos, a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the Lagos State University and also a
Certification in Business Administration and Management, from the Babson College, Massachusetts, United States of America.

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