The African Youth Initiative on Climate Change (AYICC) is widely known for our incessant campaigns and research-based advocacy on environmental and climate change topics. Since 2006 AYICC has been consistent with its campaigns impressing on African governments and international community alike to deliver on their commitment under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Climate change education, training, and awareness creation have been the central focus of AYICC targeting youth and vulnerable communities. We do this through workshops, conferences, and webinars leveraging on our robust online presence. Through our Flagship program; the African Youth Conference on Climate Change (AFRIYOCC) we are able to provide a platform for exchange of ideas and sharing of knowledge and best practices among young African thereby feeding into article 6 of the climate change convention and article 12 of the Paris Agreement.
Trees contribute to their environment by providing oxygen, improving air quality, climate amelioration, conserving water, preserving soil, and supporting wildlife. Beyond the campaigns and advocacies, our member organizations embark on tree planting and reforestation activities including mangrove restoration along the coast.
With the increasing demand for energy for industrial and economic development, AYICC member organizations in different countries are promoting renewable energy access to isolated off-grid communities. AYICC believes that Youth-led renewable energy enterprises are a viable means of achieving sustainable development, as they promote technologies that are less harmful to the global environs while at the same time providing sustainable income-generating opportunities for youth.
AYICC sees agriculture as an essential driver of economic development and an area of great opportunity for young people in Africa. The challenge, however, is that the growing youth population does not see agriculture as a profitable opportunity due to their lack of insight into the opportunities that exist within the agriculture value chain. Through our member organizations who are youth farmers themselves, AYICC has adopted various strategies including outreach to schools and communities, exhibitions and youth agricultural festivals as well as institution of award schemes for best youth farmers as a way to raise interest and awareness on the opportunities that exist within this sector.
Over recent years, the world has witnessed an increasing level of waste products as a by-product of the increasing level of population, affluence, and technological advancement in a given environment or society. In Africa we have witnessed increasing level of pollution from plastic, car tires, bottles among others and this has generated innovative thinking among young people to provide a sustainable solution. Over the years, AYICC members have redefined waste as a resource for sustainable development and through various recycling initiatives, they are bringing life into materials that otherwise could have been a nuisance to the environment.