Young Liberians benefit from leadership training on climate change

The Partnership for Environmental Action on Climate Change and Ecosystem Protection (PEACCEP), in partnership with Liberia’s Environmental Youth and Civil Society Secretariat, ended a two-day national leadership training on climate change for several young Liberians.

The training which took place from October 13 to 14, 2022 brought together around 30 participants who are young people, environmental students, mid-level professionals, journalists, etc. who are passionate and eager to make a difference to promote climate actions to address the impacts of climate change, understand climate change negotiation skills as well as initiative project ideas for a green, innovative and scalable project for solve climate problems.

During the training, special presentations were made on thematic areas such as ‘Climate Justice and Advocacy’, ‘Liberia Nationally Determined Contributions’ (NDCs), ‘Gender and Climate Change’, ‘Awareness Raising and Education of Public on Climate Change’ as well as Finance.

At the end of the training, the participants were certified and admitted as “national climate change accelerators”.

The training promises to be an annual flagship program.

At the end of the training, Prince Nanlee Johnson, Program Officer at the Swedish Embassy in Monrovia, urged participants to use the skills learned during the training in forging stronger partnerships.

For her part, Nowu Kolu Harris, Youth Program Coordinator at Action Aid Liberia congratulated the participants and encouraged them to be real agents of change to promote climate actions through strong advocacy mechanisms.

Liberia Youth Civil Society Environmental Secretariat Coordinator Edwin Mends Cole also urged participants to use all the skills learned during the training to take stronger climate action.

He concluded by saying that working with the Partnership for Environmental Action on Climate Change and Ecosystem Protection on key activities related to environment and climate change will go a long way.

Arthur RM Becker, Executive Director of the Partnership for Environmental Actions on Climate Change and Ecosystem Protection, thanked participants for taking advantage of the training opportunity and looks forward to planning a series of other events to strengthen the capacities of mid-level professionals, young people, students, women. , the media, etc. on climate change and environmental education as well as research issues in natural resource governance.

He ended by calling for more support from local and international partners to increase and expand program activities.

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Teresa H. Sadler