Conservation Arts executive director Elias Gaveta says there is need to equip the youth with initiatives to conserve the environment for sustainable development.
Speaking on Monday at Chitakale Trading Centre in Mulanje during the commemoration of African Region Climate Week organised in partnership with Mulanje Youth Organisation and Movement for Environmental Action, he said youths need early exposure to interventions meant to preserve the environment.
Said Gaveta: “They have to be proactive citizens in safeguarding the environment. We are using arts to popularise initiatives such as embracing planting and natural regeneration of trees, recycling and reusing of plastics, including proper disposal of waste.”
Mulanje District Council assistant environmental officer Michael Khumba commended the organisations for complementing their efforts to keep the district clean and preserve biodiversity.
“Although the importance of trees cannot be overemphasised, this is timely to keep reminding the citizens to take care of trees for enhanced resilience. The district is rich in biodiversity and that requires everyone, including the youth to take care of,” he said.
One of the youth, Shameem Richard, a student at Mulanje Development Institute, promised to embrace the conservation activities.
“These will enable us to develop eco-conscious mindset to replenish forests in degraded areas,” she said.
On the day, the youth cleaned Chitakale Trading Centre, participated in a football match and climate justice youth assembly to celebrate the week