In Zambia, I see the impacts of climate change are visible from the shifts in temperatures and weather patterns. Floods have damaged school infrastructure, deforestation has caused famine and led to poor crop yield and scarcity of water. This means more girls need to help fetch water for household use, preventing them from accessing education.
Sandra Mwewa, a 15-year-old girl I met during a field trip to the Matero area in Lusaka District, said that as a first-born in a family of 4, she has to fetch water 600 meters away for chores and cooking, and this makes her too tired to attend school.
In mitigating the effects of climate change, education empowers citizens with knowledge, skills, behaviors and attitudes necessary to make informed decisions that preserve the environment.
On the African continent, climate change is an emerging issue. In Zambia, climate change effects are slowly being recognized and receiving attention from the government. In 2021 the Ministry of Green Economy and Environment (MGEE) was created with the responsibility to coordinate all environmental and climate change programs.