BLOG SURF: Creativity of youth
Engaging the youth is critical to the success of environment, natural resources management and climate change adaptation projects.
Their open-mindedness, energy and passion for contribution and change make them great partners.
Working with schools is one strategic entry point to link with students. Since climate change is an inter-generational issue, it pays to involve them as early as possible. When teens lead adaptation projects, no matter how small, they learn from the experience.
When it is their turn to make decisions, they are more prepared to make wiser choices. Youth in remote, underprivileged communities not only have thirst for information and knowledge, they also yearn to discover information and knowledge through meaningful involvement and participation.
This approach gives them more control to unleash their creativity. For example, ask them to pick a problem that they care about and they will design their own solution.