2 October 2017

Namibia: Youth Book On Sustainable Energy Launched

Earthlife Namibia and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung on Thursday evening launched a book titled "Namibian youth at the forefront of advocating sustainable energy and climate change awareness - An essay compilation" in Windhoek.

The book compiles essays written by different youths in a way that advocates sustainable energy and climate change awareness.

In her remarks during the launch, the chairperson of the parliamentary standing committee on natural resources, Sophia Swartz, said the title of the book is opportune and most appropriate, as the youth need to be at the forefront of the development.

Swartz said in Namibia, climate change is a reality and there is no doubt that its effects are real.

"We have seen the effect of prolonged drought in the past three years," she said, adding that drought affects the livelihoods of people who depend on the affected fragile ecosystem.

Climate change is a change in global or regional climate patterns, in particular a change apparent from the mid to late 20th century attributed largely to the increased levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide produced by the use of fossil fuels.

Swartz said the damage to infrastructure and loss of livelihoods caused by the extreme flooding exposes the vulnerability and unpreparedness for climate change.

"These events further highlight the linkages between vulnerability to climate change and pressing socio-economic issues in the country such as poverty, lack of income and employment opportunities, inadequate housing, high levels of rural-urban migration and unplanned development in urban areas," said Swartz.


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