Walvis Bay to benefit from youth climate action fund

CLIMATE ACTION … Walvis Bay mayor Trevino Forbes highlights the benefits for the town’s youth after his participation in the Local Climate Action Summit at COP28 in Dubai. Photos: Contributed

Walvis Bay’s youth will benefit from the Bloomberg Philanthropies Youth Climate Action Fund, which was launched on 10 April.

The fund will provide technical assistance and funding for 100 mayors to activate young people between 15 and 24 years old to design, produce, and govern urgent climate solutions in their cities.

These cities are from 38 countries across six continents, representing over 62 million residents.

Each city will receive US$50 000 (about N$1 million) to distribute as micro grants to fund youth-led climate initiatives, such as mobilising tree-planting or public education campaigns, recycling or waste reduction projects, and participating in mitigation planning or preparedness programmes.

Cities that respond well and commit the initial US$50 000 within six months will receive an additional U$100 000 (about N$2 million) to support more youth-driven projects over the course of one year.

The organisation focuses on creating lasting change in arts, education, environment, government Innovation and public health.

Walvis Bay mayor Trevino Forbes on Saturday urged the youth of the town to take advantage of the opportunity.

“This will allow the youth at Walvis Bay to become active participants and catalysts for change on climate action issues.

“This opportunity came about as a result of my participation in the Local Climate Action Summit at COP28 in Dubai in December 2023, and my subsequent commitment to administer this youth-led climate action programme in line with our city’s climate and strategic plans,” Forbes said.

Walvis Bay junior mayor Fisabo Mapalo encouraged young people to apply.

“With your help we will be able to reduce the consumption of fossil fuels and create a greener and cleaner Namibia. This would also enhance your teamworking skills among each other,” she said.

The application process ends in June.

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