Young people has intensified fight against climate change across the globe as they are now part of the solution to the catastrophes . Locally, African Youth Initiative on Climate Change(AYICC) embarked on an awareness drive to enlighten the general populace on the need to protect the natural environment from veld fires.
Reduction of veld fires is one huge area with the potential to reduce carbon emissions in the atmosphere and the same time contributing to the conservation of natural environment.
Against this background, African Youth Initiative on Climate Change(AYICC) recently embarked on Veld Fire Campaign which was attended by different stakeholders in the environment sector. The engagement was a follow up to the official launch of the National Veld Fire Campaign Week by the Ministry of Environment Climate Tourism and Hospitality Industry.
In an interview with Spotlight Online News Africa at the Fire Fight Week recently held in Mabviku along Acturus road, Rufaro Matsika an AYICC Community Development Research Officer said,
“As we approach fire season we embarked on an awareness campaign from Harare Drive to Larfarge along Acturus Road as a demonstrative project which can be replicated nationwide. By doing so, we are raising awareness on how citizens can be proactive by managing fire risks and spreading information on biomass reduction. We also feel that communities need to be educated on how veld fire reduction can help reduce emissions.”
As the Globe is working round the clock in achieving the emissions reduction, reducing veld fires has become a priority to spare forests from complete extinction which are a major source of carbon sinks.