Pressing for change in Poland

| June 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Global Landscapes Forum, held recently at the University of Warsaw in Poland’s capital, provided a platform for young speakers to talk about their experiences of environmentalism. The event was hosted by the Young Professionals’ Platform for Agricultural Research and Development (YPARD), based in Rome, Italy, and the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), headquartered in Bogor, Indonesia.

Like her fellow speakers, Nadia Manning-Thomas from Barbados said environmental issues in her own community affected her at a young age and guided her choice of career. She added that the most important quality for the youth to cultivate for the future is adaptability. Stephen Kibet remembered how his father’s Kenyan farm crumbled to dust due to poor land management.

This spurred Kibet on to learn and then teach the local community to use readily available, low-cost mapping technologies to combat soil erosion. Bruce Campbell, programme director for the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Climate Change, Agriculture and Food security (CCAFS) Research Programme from Zimbabwe, introduced another Kenyan youth activist, Izzy Campbell (no relation) from Connect4Climate, an organisation that helps youth concerned with climate change, agriculture and forestry around the world speak for themselves.

“[She is part of ] TS1, a rap group unlike any other. TS1 don’t sing about fast cars, pool parties and whisky but about bicycles, deforestation and food security,” said Campbell. “Connect4Climate helped TS1 find an international platform by teaming them up with Eminem and MTV. The results were screened across Times Square in New York City. This is the voice of the future. This is the way of the future. The voice of revolt. The voice of youth.” 

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