"Transforming young people from Subject to Citizen"

 
 

CLIMATE ACTION

 
 
 
 
 
 

AAYMCA’s youth empowerment model From Subject to Citizen (S2C) promotes understanding of the root causes of the challenges in their communities and empowers them to articulate these in the right spaces and become active in transforming their communities. 

Power Space is AAYMCA’s approach to programming which works to enable young people experience self-discovery, un-lock potential and connect to opportunities. AAYMCA has worked collaboratively for over 10 years with African YMCAs to co-create and implement programmes that are responsive to young people’s needs and aspirations. These programmes are implemented in areas of Youth Justice, Transformative Masculinity, Economic Renaissance, Civic engagement and Climate change. 

Climate issues in Africa present a complex and multifaceted challenge, impacting both the environment and the livelihoods of millions. The continent experiences a range of climate-related issues, including rising temperatures, erratic rainfall patterns, prolonged droughts, and increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather events. 

One of the prominent concerns is the impact of climate change on agriculture, a vital sector for many African economies. Shifts in weather patterns affect crop yields, leading to food insecurity and threatening the livelihoods of those dependent on agriculture. Additionally, water scarcity becomes a pressing issue, with changing rainfall patterns affecting the availability of this critical resource. 

Rising temperatures contribute to the spread of diseases, impacting human health. Diseases such as malaria and waterborne illnesses. Vulnerable communities with limited access to healthcare and resources are particularly at risk. Coastal regions in Ghana face the threat of sea-level rise, affecting communities and ecosystems. Coastal erosion, saltwater intrusion, and the increased frequency of storms pose significant challenges to the sustainability of coastal areas and the populations living there. 

A significant step identified towards the fight against climate change is a comprehensive approach that includes adaptation and mitigation strategies. Most studies have highlighted the need to build resilience in communities, enhance sustainable agricultural practices, invest in renewable energy, and promote conservation measures for mitigating the impact of climate change on the continent.