By Tasi’u Hassan
As discussions around climate change and its effects continue to take centre stage in the world, Oxfam is stressing the need to actively involve youth, women, and children in the process.
As part of efforts to mitigate the impact of climate change on society and to ensure gender mainstreaming in the mitigation process, OXFAM in collaboration with African Activists for Climate Justice (AACJ) in Nigeria, has organized a two-day workshop for the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Ministries, Departments, Agencies and the Media in Adamawa State.
The workshop according to the Climate Change Justice Project Coordinator for OXFAM, Mr. Kenneth Akpan, was also a follow-up on a workshop organized by the organization last year around accountability and budgeting, where they want to see how Civil Society Organizations and communities can engage government and duty bearers on inclusive budgeting regarding climate change.
Akpan added that there are many funds meant for climate change, but CSOs and communities do not know how they can access them, hence the workshop to broaden their knowledge on how they can demand accountability and also access the funds.
The Project Coordinator, who said that the efforts of women and youths in mitigating climate change are not properly recognized, encouraged them to form social groups so they can easily be reached and engaged.
He said women and children are more vulnerable to climate change, therefore, giving them a chance to speak on the issue can also help in mitigating its effects.
Mr. Kenneth Akpan told people that Climate change has come to stay, therefore, they must come together to address the challenges with a passion, while the government should give adequate attention to climate change issues.