Malawi youth on COP17 Africa campaign caravan

The youth, drawn from Christian faith mother bodies, the Malawi Council of Churches (MCC), Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM), and the Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM), have so far met at the WE HAVE FAITH Youth Campaign launch on 30th October, 2011 in the capital
city, Lilongwe, where they discussed modalities of the campaign.

Some of the youths have been identified by the African Youth Initiative on Climate Change (AYICC), a youth non-governmental organisation that spearheads climate matters in the country, networking and coordinating with the rest of the African continent youths and beyond.

They also presented their choice of circular and gospel musicians, plus venue for the WE HAVE FAITH Concert that will take place in the

Presenting a faith view on climate change, MCC General Secretary Rev. Dr. Osborne Joda-Mbewe said the earth was created by God for man. To
till and take care of. He also said God intended that there be trees, water and food including meat for man to survive. He read from Genesis
through the creation of Adam and Eve and the stay in the Garden of Eden.

“If you have no appetite then you have a problem. It is by God’s design that humans eat, feel thirsty, and must therefore take care of
the earth which he created for us inorder to sustain life. Climate change is an issue that God wants us to dwell on and correct the
situation,” he told the youthful participants drawn from across the country.

Security throughout the trip is also available.

“The 15 Malawian youths will join the caravan when it arrives in Malawi for the concert. From here it will collect the petitions that
will have been signed demanding that world leaders commit themselves to addressing climate change issues and in particular, the Kyoto
resolutions to make a world a better place,” he said.

World leaders including Barak Obama of the united States will be meeting to discuss climate change in Durban, so will be faith organisation, other civil society, and various stakeholder leaders.

Climate change issues are a current global threat, and countries across the planet were asked to take a significant role in addressing greenhouse gas effects which now hover around 25% as emitted, mainly, by industrialized developed countries. Africa contributes only about 35% of the total carbon, with Malawi around 0.003%.

“Africans are responsible for a tiny proportion of global emissions, both current and historic, yet are highly likely to be amongst the world’s most affected people, threatened by unprecedented droughts, floods, extreme weather, diminishing food security, poverty, forced migration and increased conflict,” says ACT Alliance on its website.

“Tragically, all too many Africans assume that the increasing hardships forced upon them are acts of God, not realising that these hardships are ever more the consequence of human actions.”

However, main polluters like the USA have refused to sign the Kyoto Protoccol and are not party to reducing the proposed 5% of its
emissions. So too Canada.

Issues around climate justice, such as Climate Credit, CDMs, and other mitigant factors continue to place African and least developed countries on the losing side, as their economies are pressurised and huge polluters refuse to honour reparations as to their contirbution to major climate change effects that affect most of the countries, including earthquakes, floods, and droughts, economically and socially challenging the marginalised poor youth.

As the WE HAVE FAITH campaign gathers steam in the country, youths and all other stakeholders have been asked to sign a general petition that
has been designed to pressure world leaders to take action – and NOW!


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