Climate change has become a harsh reality that has resulted in significant social, economic and environmental challenges worldwide. This is especially true for developing countries like SA, which are most vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change.
According to 18-year-old climate protection activist from Johannesburg, Otsile Nkadimeng, youth must be at the forefront of tackling this crisis. He says young people have always been catalysts for discussion and change throughout history.
Some of the climate activism work Nkadimeng has done through various NGOs involves raising awareness and engagement, including direct action such as working with big companies that are directly contributing to the climate crisis.
Around the world, the response to climate change has gradually gained momentum over the years won. However, much remains to be done in developing countries. According to Nkadimeng, the climate change discussionis not really discussed in the mainstream in developing countries for various reasons.
“The idea of climate change is still something that only exists in the West. It exists in the developed world with Europe and Asia,” says Nkadimeng.
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