Young Malawians Take Action on Climate Crisis, Population Boom

Just 85 kilometres south of Malawi's capital, the impact of global warming is abundantly clear, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) reports. Hunger is becoming increasingly common as unfavourable rainfalls due to changing weather patterns cause poor harvests. Adding to the problem is the nation's mushrooming population. This has not gone unnoticed by the young people who stand to inherit these issues, and they have taken action. In the Dedza district, the Kachindamoto Youth Network brings together 51 youth advocacy groups that aim to tackle the climate crisis as well as the increase in population. Network members understand how a population boom puts pressure on the environment and they advocate for action on the climate crisis as well as championing sexual and reproductive health and rights, with support from UNFPA under the Safeguard Young People Programme.

More than 50 youth advocacy groups make up the Kachindamoto Youth Network, which encourages young people to access sexual and reproductive health services such as condoms and other contraceptive methods to prevent teen pregnancy.

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