FROM THE FIELD: ‘Eco-warriors’ fight climate change in South Africa

As part of the Climate Change Warriors Project (CCWP), FLC supported communities and schools in semi-urban, rural, and urban areas, organised five clean up campaigns to eliminate illegal rubbish dump sites.
© SGP South Africa and Future Leaders of Change
As part of the Climate Change Warriors Project (CCWP), FLC supported communities and schools in semi-urban, rural, and urban areas, organised five clean up campaigns to eliminate illegal rubbish dump sites.

FROM THE FIELD: ‘Eco-warriors’ fight climate change in South Africa

Climate and Environment

Schools in South Africa have been designating students as “eco-warriors” as part of an initiative supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), to drive environmental and climate change awareness amongst the young and old in their communities.

The youthful warriors have supported rubbish clean-up campaigns around their schools, eliminating over 1000 illegal dumping sites.

Through the SGP support the project was able to establish six small-scale conservation agriculture co-operatives, and coordinate youth training on sustainable agriculture.
© SGP South Africa and Future Leaders of Change | Through the SGP support the Climate Change Warriors Project (CCWP) was able to establish six small-scale conservation agriculture co-operatives and coordinate youth training on sustainable agriculture. ​​​​​

Other students have established agricultural co-operatives and learnt how to farm sustainably in the face of the effects of climate change and the degradation of the environment.

On International Youth Day which is marked annually on 12 August, find out here how South Africa’s youth are mobilizing to take climate action.

The Projects in South Africa are supported by UNDP’s Small Grants Programme.