Malagasy Youth Expresses Its Concern On Climate Change

I read the daily Midi Madagasikara yesternight and came upon an article about the concern of the young Malagasy people on climate change [fr] that I found very encouraging. An SMS poll initiated by the UNICEF with the support of the Telma foundation was conducted on 15-to-25 year old Malagasy people all over the Island between the 16 and 23rd August of this year. They were asked about  Climate Change. 9 829 texts had been sent to express their concern on this matter. This confirms what I said during the BAD09 on the very same issue. We do care because we’re the ones on the front row to watch and feel the effects of this change. What they said could be summed up with this:

Les jeunes ont exprimé la responsabilité et la nécessité pour l’État malagasy et ses partenaires de s’engager davantage dans la sensibilisation auprès de la population sur les effets du changement climatique

The young people expressed the responsability and the necessity of the Malagasy Government and its partners to be more committed in the sensitization of the Malagasy people on  the effects of climate change.

Sensitization. People need to know why first before engaging themselves into something and how important it is. Sensitization is no doubt the most important part in this challenge, and maybe the hardest one too. With HIV/aids and bushfires, we can say that we’ve had some experiences on this matter though. But, were they successful? Partly, yes.

With the political crisis that seems to find no end, the ongoing Climate change Summit in Copenhagen does not attract much attention here. But I’m glad that our young people feel the need to address this issue even if one must say “Climate Change” is not in our top priority list by now. We can’t really rely on the State to react or take action for now they are still busy, surely thinking of how ot secure the next presidential election. Unless, this latter will push them to do something during the electoral campaigns. Who knows. But we also know promises during campaigns are most of the time just “talk”.