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WHEN THE CALLING ARISE: I Didn’t See This Coming but Here I Am Now 

As a young female climate activist, I’ve faced numerous hurdles, but one thing I’ve learned is to never give up on yourself. Never stop believing in yourself. I was occasionally discouraged, overlooked, and never given a platform, but that will not stop me from continuing forward.

Growing up with a single mother taught me that making a difference does not require you to be the richest person on the globe; rather, how you use what you have to make a difference will truly impact the world forever. 

I began environmental advocacy in 2020, and it has been one of the most fantastic experiences of my life. I am a self-driven force with the confidence and commitment to not only make a difference, bring smiles to everyone’s faces, and preserve the future generation.

In 2020, a season of widespread spread of the fatal illness of COVID-19 provided me with a complete year off at home because all schools were closed. It was in this year that climate change crisis advocacy reached its peak. I was able to read information on social media about what was really happening, watch the news, and also have a chance to really witness what was really happening firsthand.  

This prompted me to begin asking myself questions such as why everything I used to see when I was younger is no longer visible, why I can’t see any forests around me, why water sources have been drained for human settlement and industrial work, such as coal burning, and why I chose to be my community’s ear and eyes to show and inform them about what was happening as a result of climate change. As you are aware, many of them lack research tools, while others lack televisions or radios to stay informed about what is going on in their communities and throughout the world.

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The Power of Volunteerism

During the 2 years of lockdown, I was able to learn a lot and form my first ever nonprofit, known as Clean Earth Uganda, whose aim was to engage my community in different activities such as tree planting and promoting awareness about climate change.

In 2021, I had the opportunity to join Earth Volunteers, with which I am working up to date  to not only be different but make a difference.

How fighting for the planet changed my perspective about climate change!

I had no idea how little I knew about climate change, but having access to multiple social media platforms provided me with a lot of information. It was then that I realized that the majority of individuals I see taking action do so in ways they do not understand and that this needs to change.

They are unaware of climate change and have limited access to vital information about it, and CLIMATE EDUCATION will grant everyone the opportunity to learn and participate in changing the world. 

A particular thanks to Nyombi Morris, a well-known Ugandan activist, and Greta Thunberg, a Swedish activist, who truly inspired me to join this incredible campaign fighting climate change and raising awareness about its causes and consequences.

Why is it important to engage young people in climate volunteerism? 

Climate action requires innovation and new ways, and there is no need for rapid, useless climate action; we need real solutions. 

Young generations are in a unique position to help since their  energy, inventiveness, and passion drive action, and they are also more likely to see climate change as an urgent concern. Furthermore, their numerical importance might heighten their impact. More than half of the world 

Climate change has caused tremendous harm to Mother Nature, as seen by rising global temperatures, increased frequency of floods, hurricanes, and wildfires, melting ice caps and glaciers, altered ecosystems, and the extinction of countless plant and animal species. These changes, taken together, contribute significantly to a shift in the Earth’s natural equilibrium, posing a threat to biodiversity and our planet’s overall health.

We do not own the planet Earth, but we do belong to it. That is why our actions have an impact on everything that happens.

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GRASS WILL GROW, TREES WILL GROW 

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Ever since I joined Earth Volunteers, I have been able to learn more about climate change, engage in different activities, and witness all our goals being accomplished.

SPECIAL MESSAGE TO EVERYONE

As a young female climate activist, I’ve faced numerous hurdles, but one thing I’ve learned is to never give up on yourself. Never stop believing in yourself. I was occasionally discouraged, overlooked, and never given a platform, but that will not stop me from continuing forward. I understand that life can be difficult at times, and that those we trust may betray us only to see us fail.  Don’t let anything stop you; you are such a blessing.

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