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Zimbabwe Seeks Collaboration with Young Kenyan Climate Activist

HARARE, Zimbabwe - The Zimbabwean government has reached out to 13-year-old Kenyan climate activist Ellyanne Githae to explore collaboration on environmental initiatives, particularly tree planting and anti-plastic measures.

Rutendo Maraire

During a meeting with officials from the Ministry of Environment, Climate, and Wildlife, Permanent Secretary Prof. Prosper B. Matondi expressed the government's desire to leverage Githae's experience and leadership to inspire young Zimbabweans to engage in environmental activism.

"We want to see what we can do together in making headway on tree planting," Matondi said, emphasizing the need for increased global efforts towards afforestation. He also highlighted the government's intention to raise awareness among young people about the importance of trees in combating climate change and its impact on Zimbabwe's human development.

Githae, a climate finance and health champion, has also advocated for banning single-use plastics. While acknowledging the government's efforts towards a ban, she expressed concern about the challenge of porous borders facilitating plastic smuggling. Deputy Director Abraham Matiza acknowledged the issue and stressed efforts to address it.

Zimbabwe's National Human Development Report identifies climate change as a major threat, with the country already experiencing its negative consequences. The government recognizes the crucial role young people can play in mitigating climate change and transitioning to a low-carbon economy.

This potential collaboration between the Zimbabwean government and Githae signifies a growing recognition of the importance of youth engagement in environmental action. By working together, they can potentially inspire and empower young Zimbabweans to become active participants in shaping their nation's sustainable future.


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