Mr. Soza from Tree Knowers and Growers, an organisation that has a deep passion for planting trees across the country, spoke about their contribution to climate action. He explained how their organization focuses on planting, tendering and propagating trees in a bid to remove carbon dioxide from the air-a huge contributor to climate change. He also explained how they plant their trees from seedlings or shoots and explained different ways of doing so.
Lenin Chisarira, from People and Earth Solidarity Law Network, reviewed the laws and policies in place to help Zimbabwe mitigate and adapt to issues of climate change. He explained that the policies are there and are actually very good but what lacks is enforcement. He appealed to the government representative who was in attendance to assist with the execution of these policies in order to ensure that Zimbabwe is both prepared for disasters and reduces the burden of climate change, especially on the most disadvantaged groups in society.
To round up the panellists, Mr Tatenda Mutasa, a representative from the Climate Change Office at the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Settlement spoke about how their office is open for business and dialogue with regard to anything ‘Climate Change’. He also addressed the youth that were in the audience, emphasizing how important it is for them to reach out to the Ministry for financial assistance with their projects. Together with Joyce from E.M.A, he underlined the importance of organisations to have their house in order so as to hasten the process.
The night concluded with a question and answer session which brought to light how it is important to come up with self-funded, sustainable projects to respond to the crisis and not just look to external influencers for support. There is so much we can all do internally, we just need to band together as a community. The night had to be cut short due to time but everyone in attendance agreed to continue the conversation in person, in their homes & at work. What are you doing to respond to the climate change catastrophe?
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