Youth Responding to Climate Change in South Africa 

On September 19th, 2020, GNRC South Africa launched the Zimbali Zonke Garden4Life Project at a children’s interfaith day camp. The launch owed to the run-up to the United Nations International Day of Peace. Since its launch, the project has continued to be a platform to share and take action to mitigate climate change.

South Africa is particularly vulnerable to the impacts and effects of climate change. Temperatures are rising, and rainfall is increasing yearly, causing serious problems and damage. The Sustainable Development Goals call for action to protect the planet to ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. The GNRC’s mission and vision of building a better world for children include caring for our earth. We look at how we can offer balanced education to our children and youth to include care for the environment and understanding how climate change affects us. We, at GNRC South Africa, consider knowledge, understanding, and action on climate change as part of our personal commitments to protect the earth. 

We commit to learning more about the impacts of climate change and understanding how we can support environmental action locally. It is with this in mind that we started a vegetable garden for our children at the World Assembly of Muslim Youth premises in 2021. 

Ms. Saydoon Nisa Sayed 

Coordinator, GNRC South Africa

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