The Young Agenda 2010 International Children’s Conference on the Environment Stavanger region,Norway - 2nd to 5th, August, 2010
The conference welcomed 250 children between the ages of 10 and 14, representing more that 14 countries. The theme of this year’s conference was What is energy? How does energy really work? Are there different ways to think of energy- consumption? Is the consumption of energy divided fairly in this world? Children’s own environmental project presentations were an important part of the conference as well as the Activist School – where we learnt how to demonstrate, which is a brand new concept is for Young Agenda.
The famous physicist Albert Einstein one said that we can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them. Youth has done nothing to create today’s environmental problems. Young people tend to see the world as it is, rather than through specific sectoral or other vested interest. Young people have everything to gain from making the world a better place to live for all
One out of three people in this world is a child. Young people have every right to be heard and to help shape the society of today as well as that of tomorrow. I would like to urge all my fellow peers that no matter how small an initiative is, every action counts when it comes to caring for our environment.
The best part of the conference was being able to share first hand experiences with my fellow participants and to know that despite the different colors of our skin, races, tribes and backgrounds we are all united to accomplish one goal and that is to save the Earth.
Munyaradzi Dumba was elected to be the first Young Agenda Young Ambassador for Africa. The election took place at the Young Agenda 2010 Children’s Conference on the Environment. Delegate selected one peer from each region for a two year term of office.
Among the responsibilities are raising environmental awareness among young people, advising Young Agenda on ways to better engage children, and helping to build and facilitate networks around the globe. We also lead children-action campaign in our regions.
Munyaradzi launched a school environmental club at her primary school Chancellor which will be part of our network the Zimbabwe Children’s Environmental Network.
Young Agenda conferences have been held since 1997. Young Agenda aims to be Norway’s equivalent to UNEP’s Tunza Programme.
Hundreds of organizations, governmental institutions and representatives from industry and trade are involved in the Young Agenda network. Young Agenda is located in the Stavanger Region and it provides children from all over the world with an arena to voice their concerns and opinions on environmental issues and to demonstrate their right to be heard.