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YMCA Celebrates Earth Hour

Starting as a symbolic lights out event in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour is now an annual event and the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment, inspiring millions of people to take action for our planet and nature.

To mark this year’s Earth Hour, the Africa Alliance of YMCAs in partnership with WWF, Kutoka Network and St.John Sports Society organized  an environmental sensitization forum and cleanup in Korogocho on 30th March 2019. The environmental sensitization forum was held held at St.John Catholic Church, Korogocho and thereafter the clean-up in the same locality.

The event was a paper and plastic smart activity in order to reduce the footprint of the activity, participants were encouraged to bring their own refillable water bottles and a smart phone for sensitization as no paper was allowed.

Each year, people around the world participate by taking action on different initiatives that will create a brighter future for our planet. From pushing for environmentally friendly laws and policies to crowdfunding for a better future, the power of people’s voices and actions make Earth Hour possible. Coordinated by WWF and other volunteer organisations, Earth Hour’s greatest strength is the power of people.

In other YMCA National Movements, different activities were carried out to mark Earth hour. In Sierra Leone, they embarked on sensitization and awareness raising a campaign to pupils of Kellys Agricultural Secondary School, Western Rural district of Freetown…The Western Rural has the peninsula and it is an area which is grossly suffering from bad environmental practices.

Liberia YMCA organised a panel discussion with over hundred students from high Schools and Youth Groups; the discussion focused on:

Ø  Green Energy and trees preservation

Ø  ways to tackling air and water pollution; adopt appropriate plastic waste management system and how can we take action to protect our planet/nature for a save environment.

To discuss these topics, they invited the Executive Director Environmental Protection Agency Republic of Liberia and other  environmental specialist to sit on the Panel. Since it was the first-time young people in Liberia participated in such an event there was a time to educate them on Earth Hour and why is it celebrated across the world.

Senegal YMCA launched a ban plastic campaign in Kaolack region, Sara neighbourhood where the Senegal YMCA headquarter is located. The area as many others in Kaolack city is characterized by the insalubrity and a high concentration of plastic waste.  Located in the center, the region of kaolack is one of the most arid one in Senegal. This situation exposes the region to floods, a heat wave and all kinds of dangers due to the environmental degradation. The presence of plastic waste and insalubrity only worsen the situation. They worked with the local Y Volunteers and youth from the neighbourhood to collect plastic waste for an hour. After the activity, they organized an exchange with the local population on the negative impact of plastic in their living environment and thus raise awareness on their responsibility in the preservation of the environment. 

Togo YMCA held a workshop with more than 250 young people and thereafter had a tree planting activity at the Headquarters in Lome.

The event across Africa reached more than 5000 young people. The little things we do are what makes a difference. Everyone can make a difference in protecting nature and it starts right here. At YMCA, we #Connect2Earth.

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