In the context of the Niger Delta, women, girls and young people are particularly very vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Women on one hand depend largely on their livelihood around the natural resources that are threatened by climate change, in most cases they are saddled with the responsibility of providing food, securing water and wood fuel for cooking and food preservation. On the other hand young people lack basic education on the importance of biodiversity conservation and the need for them to contribute to its protection through tree planing, awareness and sensitisation.
In most schools, young people do not have the opportunity to learn about the environment, understand its importance and explore potential channels by which they can contribute to protecting it.
In line with our mission which focuses on helping marginalised groups (women and young people), achieve social, economic, cultural and environmental inclusion and justice, the Media Awareness and Justice Initiative carried out educational visits to secondary schools in Rivers, Bayelsa and Akwa-Ibom states. The objective of these visits were to educate students on the environment and teach them various ways to contribute to its protection.