Surge Africa Launches Youth Manifesto for Climate Action
By Ojugbele Omotunde
Surge Africa has officially launched the Youth Manifesto on Climate Change, a collective appeal from Nigerian youth to the government addressing critical socioeconomic and environmental issues to effectively combat the escalating threat of the climate crisis.
The launch event, held on December 16, 2023, served as a platform for significant interaction between state and non-state actors, leading to the adoption of the Youth Manifesto on Climate Change by important stakeholders. Endorsements for the manifesto have been received from various entities, including the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), the Nigerian Youth Parliament, the Zamfara Ministry of Environment, Mines and Solid Ministry Development, and the Sokoto State Ministry of Environment.
The manifesto outlines essential areas of action for the government, emphasizing health, water, agriculture, urban sustainability, energy access, climate finance, waste management, and transportation as key sectors requiring immediate attention. These demands represent a comprehensive call to action, addressing the intersecting challenges in crucial sectors.
Surge Africa established the Youth Climate Collective as a dedicated platform to drive the implementation of the Youth Manifesto on Climate Change. This Nigerian collective is committed to prioritizing the manifesto’s call to action and executing tangible initiatives. Fueled by the motivation of the youth, who are disproportionately affected by climate change, the collective serves as a focal point for urgent political actions aimed at resolving the existential crisis.
The Youth Climate Collective aspires to create a network of youthful activists leading the way in Nigeria and across Africa in climate governance and diplomacy. Surge Africa extends an invitation to stakeholders, visionaries, and advocates from various backgrounds to contribute their invaluable knowledge and experiences at this critical juncture, shaping a sustainable future for generations to come.