Climate change experts have called for reduction and humanitarian response actions to mitigate the effects of climate change at a United Nations organised Exhibition.
There were calls for collective action beginning at individual, community to national level to deal with the climate change issues.
“It is however important that we agree that the challenge in mitigating the effects of climate change should start at personal level asking the question what can we do as individuals and families, communities and the nation as a whole.” Dr Sekai Nzenza, Minister of Public Service, Labour and Human Welfare, said.
There were calls for the need to scale up climate change awareness to meet the rural population and the illiterate.
“I think raising awareness on climate change is important and develop language or material that is easy for Shona or Ndebele speaking people to understand what climate change is.” Dr Nzenza also said.
Mr Mario Lito Malanca, the IOM chief of mission, also said that “While migration is inevitable due to climate change, there is need for people to understand what climate change is all about so as to make understanding the issues easier.”
The exhibition also centralised the need to adopt climate change mitigation techniques through planning drought resistant crops.
“We need to develop croping strategies on drought resistant crops or small grains because at the moment everything has become commercialized especially maize, we need to start thinking outside the box.” Dr Nzenza also said.
The exhibition called for collaborative efforts between government, development partners and the corporate world in order to deal with Climate change.
“There is need for partnerships especially between government, development partners, civic society, the communities and academia for Zimbabwe to fully strategies on addressing the climate change issues.” UN resident coordinator Ms Maria Valle Ribeiro.
The exhibition called for the inclusion of Children in the education of Climate change so as to culture in them knowledge on climate change issues.
“It is important for children being raised with mentality of how to deal with climate change. It is also important to help build resilient systems that start at the grassroots with young children who are familiar with the Climate change issues. UNICEF representative, Ms Laylee Moshiri, said
The event called for a lifestyle audit that centralises climate change as the time for change was now.
“We need to change our lifestyle to support low carbon emissions and the first thing is to ask ourselves what are we doing towards mitigating the impact of climate systems? The time to start structuring our climate change options is now.” Mr Kudzai Ndidzano, the Deputy Director Climate Change Management Department under Ministry of Lands.
The discussion was attended by several ambassadors and UN departments, Climate change specialists, environmental organisations among other key stakeholders.