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Climate change is a big problem, but two young heroes are making a difference! Michelle Zárate Palomec from Mexico and Sebastian Mwaura from Kenya have been chosen for the UN Global Climate Action Awards. Let’s dive into their incredible stories.

Michelle Zárate Palomec: Water Warrior from Mexico

At the age of 27, Michelle is doing amazing things in her community in Oaxaca, Mexico. She is part of a group called Espacio de Encuentro de las Culturas Originarias. Together, they are helping indigenous communities get clean and enough water. In places where water is scarce and pollution makes life tough, Michelle is a hero.

The project helps these communities with cool and affordable technologies for cleaning water, fixing small areas, and being ready for bad weather. Michelle is the winner in the “resilient nature” category because of her work in making communities strong against challenges.

Sebastian Mwaura: Powering Change in Kenya

Sebastian, who is 35, is making waves in Kenya. He started Yna Kenya to speed up the use of electric cars. But he didn’t stop there. He also created the HerGo program to get more women into driving and owning electric cars. His plan is not just about cars but about using clean energy to power them.

Sebastian is the winner in the “energy transition” category. He believes using electric cars and having many places to charge them is a big part of making our future safe from climate change.

A Big Celebration Coming Up!

The UN Global Climate Action Awards will be given to Michelle and Sebastian on December 8, 2023, in Dubai. The event will be super cool with a famous journalist and climate supporter, Sophia Li, hosting. AY Young, who is not just a great singer but also a leader for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, will perform. There will also be music from Erick Marques, a DJ from Brazil.

Simon Stiell, the big boss at UN Climate Change, will speak at the ceremony. It’s going to be a celebration of these young leaders and their awesome efforts!

Why This Matters?

These awards are not just about clapping for Michelle and Sebastian. They show us that young people can make a big change. It’s like saying, “Hey, we can solve the climate problem if we work together!” Michelle and Sebastian are like superheroes, and their work is an example for all of us.

Thanks to UN Climate Change and partners like the International Renewable Energy Agency, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and the United Arab Emirates for making these awards happen. Let’s celebrate the young heroes and hope their stories inspire more amazing actions for our planet!

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The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (ECOSOC) has recently approved and selected the World Environment Council (WEC) as a key stakeholder in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) outlined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Indians can take pride in the inspiring efforts of Professor Ganesh Channa, hailing from Solapur, Maharashtra. As the Founder and President of the World Environment Council, Prof. Channa has devoted the past five years to spearheading critical initiatives focused on environmental protection, tree plantation, and tackling the pressing challenges of climate change.

This agenda is a comprehensive plan for advancing people, the planet, and prosperity, while strengthening global peace and freedom. It recognizes the urgent need to eradicate poverty in all forms and dimensions, and emphasizes the critical importance of collaborative partnership among all countries and stakeholders. It aims to liberate humanity from poverty and environmental degradation, and to steer the world towards a sustainable and resilient future. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals such as –

  1. No poverty
  2. Zero Hunger
  3. Good health
  4. Quality Education
  5. Gender equality
  6. Clean water and Sanitation
  7. Affordable and Clean Energy
  8. Decent work and Economic Growth
  9. Industry, Innovation Infrastructure
  10. Reduced Inequalities
  11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
  12. Responsible Consumption and Production
  13. Climate Action
  14. Life below Water
  15. Life on land
  16. Peace Justice and Strong Institutions
  17. Partnerships for the goals

And 169 targets outlined in this Agenda reflect its vast scope and universal aspirations, with a commitment to leaving no one behind. They wish to leverage the necessary resources to implement the agenda through a renewed global partnership for sustainable development, based on strong solidarity and focused on the needs of the most vulnerable, with the participation of all stakeholders.

WEC strives to focus mainly on the 8th goal of the sustainable development i.e. “Decent work and Economic growth”.  Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

  • To Promote development-oriented policies that support productive activities, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and encourage the formalization and growth of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises, including through access to financial services
  • To Improve progressively, through 2030, global resource efficiency in consumption and production and endeavour to decouple economic growth from environmental degradation, in accordance with the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production, with developed countries taking the lead
  • By 2020, significantly reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training
  • By 2030, devise and implement policies to promote sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products

WEC, through its ambitious ‘The Environment Protection Bank campaign’ aims to play a crucial role in achieving the Agenda’s objectives, which, if fulfilled, will greatly improve the lives of everyone and transform the world for the better. This campaign will provide students and teachers with opportunities to learn about the pressing environmental issues facing our world and to involve in meaningful activities that can make a great difference. Through this campaign, individuals will be cheered to reduce their carbon footprint, conserve natural resources, and promote sustainable lifestyles. In addition to raising awareness about environmental concerns, the campaign will also raise a sense of community and encourage people to work together to protect our planet.

This campaign is currently implementing programs which are designed to speed up the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in various ways, including addressing interlink ages between different goals. Like, increasing awareness and education can contribute to the achievement of multiple goals, such as SDG 4 (Quality Education), SDG 13 (Climate Action), and SDG 17 (Partnerships for the Goals), by promoting knowledge-sharing, capacity-building, and stakeholder engagement.

World Environment Council is actively involved in communicating environmental education through various activities, programmes and campaigns in schools and colleges. Educational institutions can invite the Council to provide environmental education to future generations, emphasizing the importance of protecting our planet and promoting sustainable practices. By taking action on multiple fronts, the campaign foresees to creating a more sustainable and resilient future for everyone.

How To Achieve Zero Carbon Emission

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth.

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