Lack of climate education worsens vulnerability to the crisis
“Africa’s sustainable development is integral to that of the rest of the world. I am motivated by the need to advance discussions around participatory climate policymaking underpinned by accurate scientific information and functional institutions in Africa. Having this sorted will result in a positive ripple effect on the global sustainable development agenda, spurring the inclusion of environmental concerns in socio-economic plans.
As far as climate education is concerned, there is a skill and awareness gap among young people in sub-Saharan Africa. Climate education should build an aware generation. Beyond that, it should empower young people with skills to work decent jobs. We can bridge the gaps by reviewing our education curriculum to incorporate content about the climate crisis, and strategic investments to unlock opportunities for green skills acquisition.”
Babatunde Osho is a climate scientist and sustainability professional with deep interests in Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), participatory policymaking and net-zero. He is a leadership team member at Earthplus Sustainability Network, a pro-environment non-profit in Nigeria. Babatunde holds an MSc in Climate Change Science and Policy from the University of Bristol, UK; he is a Commonwealth Alumnus and an African Fellow at the School of Transnational Governance, European University Institute, Florence.