‘I decided to rise up and seek climate justice because we have no planet B’ – 17 year old Muwanguzi.
‘’We the youth and generations behind us are the most vulnerable to the ongoing Climate crisis, many young girls are taken advantage of due to less or no resources in their homes’’
In the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference held in Glasgow, member countries were called upon to work together in enabling and encouraging countries affected by climate change to protect and restore ecosystems and also to build defense in mostly agriculture in order to avoid loss of homes, livelihoods and even lives.
17 year old Laura Muwanguzi explains her role in Climate change mitigation in this exclusive interview with POA TV.
Laura is a student and climate change activist who started this journey 2 years back in February 2020 with the aim of fighting to save the future of everyone and create a world where the environment doesn’t need protection since there is no planet B.
‘’We the youth and generations behind us are the most vulnerable to the ongoing Climate crisis, many young girls are taken advantage of due to less or no resources in their homes’’ she emphasized adding that human needs like homes are destroyed by landslides, gardens are destroyed by drought and floods this has in the long run led to early child marriages in most parts of this country.
According to the young activist, Climate Change is a defining issue at this defining moment and whether rich or poor, young and old, powerful and powerless we will all face the consequences if nothing is done.
From the shifting weather patterns that threaten food production, to the rising water levels Muwanguzi said that without drastic action in adapting these challenges urgently, in the future it will be difficult.
Though her vision is clear and understandable, Laura has encountered racism and criticism from different people and has also been arrested on numerous occasions for protesting against Climate around the country.
‘’My week as a female activist is at times tough for me since it’s not easy to handle activism like men and also I’m still a student where some days I have to weigh on either class or a climate meeting which will favor me and make a better impact in my life’’ she added.
Though this prayer full young soul engaged in this campaign in difficult times, the covid19 pandemic helped her to discover more about herself and to utilize the media in order to have her voice about climate change heard and it’s in this aspect that she managed to involve in dialogues and interviews with different stakeholders in Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation.
‘’We all have a God given potential to utilize’’ Laura joyously said to me adding that she wants to be remembered for safeguarding the environment and inspiring many to do the same which she is currently doing by engaging with in a covid19 and waste management project driven by the Youth Go Green.
Also to fulfill her pledge, Laura started celebrating her birthdays by planting a tree as a way of giving back to nature and also spreading awareness about environmental safeguarding.
The ‘twitter climate activist’’ called upon all Ugandans in every part of the country in their capabilities to always do something towards attaining Climate justice and also having an intentional mindset because Climate Change is real and it affects lives.