To date, climate change has been responded to in an ad-hoc manner without adequate consideration for their long-term implications on youth populations. With pressures mounting due to climate change, energy, food and water issues, solution seekers including the United Nations System recognize the key role that youth play in tackling climate change and emphasize that young people are the missing link if these challenges are to be addressed comprehensively. This growing attention to climate change and sustainable development offers a chance for green economic growth in African economies. Green jobs not only provide much needed employment opportunities for youth, they also give youth an outlet to contribute directly to the fight against climate change by adopting green behaviors in the workplace as well as in their private lives.
Promote Renewable Energy and Adoption to Climate Change (PREACH):
Uganda has abundant energy resources, especially renewable resources, yet there is widespread energy poverty throughout the country. The country’s energy sector faces considerable challenges including high costs for renewable energy technologies, rising international oil prices and an increased demand for power. The renewable energy programme explores key issues in each of the sub-sectors, the potential for renewable energies, and gives an overview of the legal and institutional frameworks for the sector. Despite the achievements of the Ugandan government in reforming the energy industry since 1997, the sector needs significant investment. The government faces the challenge of expanding access to affordable, reliable and adequate energy supplies to address poverty issues. Energy supply is unequally distributed across the country and the provision of electricity has been limited to mainly urban and semi-urban areas.
Promotion of Renewable Energy and Adaptation to Climate Change at household level (PREACH) in Kadungulu and Labori sub-counties in Serere district is being implemented by 3 partners of COU-TEDDO, SOCADIDO and TEENS Uganda under support from ICCO Cooperation. This project implemented in the year (2014-2016)aimed at addressing the effects of climate change at household level, promotion of renewable energy technologies and sustainable use of natural resources as a means of mitigating the effects of climate change on the environment in support of Bio-diversity. Due to its expertise in application of EBA approaches and a leader in Renewable energy education and training, TEENS Uganda contracted by ICCO, had to undertake the supervisory role overall project implementation as well as documentation.
Promotion of EBA for Food Security and Climate Change:
A majority of people moving to urban areas in Africa are youth and do so in search of better livelihood opportunities. But with a declining industrial sector, these opportunities are non-existent and the end result is a proliferation of urban poor with accompanying social challenges including crime & social ills, rise of slums & informal settlements and basically a lowering of dignity & quality of life of Africa’s youth.
EBAFOSA establishment of EBA based, clean energy powered agro-industrial zones near agro-production areas provides a strategic solution to these challenges – providing socioeconomic opportunities in rural areas where most agriculture occurs to reverse & forestall rural / urban migration, provide additional opportunities along the entire value chain which extends to the urban areas to further improve incomes of urban youth & other dwellers so they can afford better quality lifestyle and expanding economic growth & government revenues so governments can invest in better social infrastructure to improve urban quality of life. Teens Uganda has also supported the JASAR process (2015-2017), Agricultural Budget Tracking and Advocacy with support from the Food Rights Alliance (FRA) and Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group (CS-BAG) conttibuted to the National Agricultural Extension policy and strategy (NAEP-2016) and subscribes to the Nairobi Agenda (EBAFOSA-UNEP).
Promotion of Non-Motorized Transport/Policy:
On average, about 37% of journeys in cities are nonmotorised. In some African cities, over 80% of journeys are made on foot. Population growth and urbanization will add 2.5 billion people to the world’s urban population by 2050, with nearly 90% of the increase concentrated in Asia and Africa.
Non-motorised Transportation includes walking and bicycling, and variants such as small-wheeled transport (cycling, skates, skateboards, wheel barrows and carts) and wheelchair travel. Increasing the modal share of NMT is possible in any country; however the successfulness depends on many country-specific factors, including climate, geography, culture, political commitment, public awareness, policy effort and consistency, long-term vision and the attractiveness of the alternatives.
Teens Uganda, subscribes to the Uganda Sustainable Transport Network (UST-Network), in partnership with other organizations such as Goudapel Africa, Be-Cycling, TAFMOD, Kampala Cycling. Richard Hamba is the chairperson of the Network.
The network operates a ” Bicycle Sharing project” at Makerere University with support from the UN Habitat, and the Deutsche Cycling Embassy in Netherlands.
The network also organizes a CAR FREE DAY annually since 2011 and several other recreational cycling activities. We also have had many training on air pollution, safety and road user training, including the launch of the Non-motorised Transport Policy with support from MoWT, KCCA and the UN-Habitat.