Voices of Change: Stories from Green Ambassadors

Transformative Maundy Thursday: Systemic change initiated by an outstanding leader

In the heart of Africa, amidst bustling cities and serene landscapes, a movement is underway. Meet our Green Ambassadors, a group of passionate young leaders who are spearheading the charge for environmental sustainability and climate action in their communities.

From the bustling streets of Accra, Ghana, to the lush rainforests of Antananarivo, Madagascar, our Green Ambassadors are united by a common goal: to create a brighter, greener future for all. Their stories are as diverse as the landscapes they call home, yet each one is a testament to the power of youth leadership and collective action in tackling the pressing challenges of our time.

"When I got introduced to the project, I was really, really happy to be a part of it. At last, I would be able to help the community to solve problems with improper use and disposal of plastic," she shares. With determination in her heart and a vision for change, she set out to mobilize her community and drive meaningful impact.

Green Ambassador from Ghana, whose journey began with a sense of purpose and a desire to make a difference.

"The thing that differentiates the Green Ideas project from other previous environmental initiatives is the scientific-based approach and involvement of a climate expert along with the fact that we continue to put young people at the driver seat," he remarks. Through hands-on projects and educational initiatives, he witnessed firsthand the transformative power of youth-led solutions in addressing environmental challenges.

Programmes executive officer of YMCA Madagascar, reflects on the unique approach of the Green Ideas project in empowering young people to take action.

As they embarked on their journey as Green Ambassadors, our participants encountered their fair share of obstacles and setbacks. Yet, it was their resilience and determination that propelled them forward, fueling their commitment to creating positive change in their communities. Armed with newfound knowledge, skills, and a sense of purpose, they set out to tackle plastic waste, promote sustainable living, and raise awareness about the urgent need for climate action.

But perhaps the most inspiring aspect of their journey is the ripple effect of their efforts. Through their leadership and advocacy, they have inspired others to join the cause, sparking a wave of change that extends far beyond their immediate surroundings. "Several of the Green Ambassadors attest that they were empowered by the knowledge, experience and mandate they acquired during the project, and how this in turn helped them pave the way to initiate climate-focused solutions in their communities," shares a Green Ambassador, highlighting the transformative impact of the project on its participants.

As we celebrate the achievements of our Green Ambassadors and the transformative impact of the Green Ideas project, we invite you to join us in supporting their efforts to create a more sustainable future for all. Together, we can harness the power of youth leadership and collective action to build a greener, more resilient world for generations to come.

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