It is in the interests of African nations to ensure that their most productive citizens are employed in helpful work that contributes to national economic growth and social development. It is estimated that approximately 122 million young people will join Africa’s labor force in the next decade, but this is nearly three times faster than the expected rate at which stable, wage-paying jobs will be created across the continent.
Furthermore, the new jobs are often of low quality and in productive sectors that are adversely affected by climate change. The ‘green economy’ concept is emerging as a hopeful solution to the multiplex challenges of climate change, poverty alleviation, and inequality reduction while enabling Malawians to create decent jobs and accomplish an inclusive economic transformation.
Paul Atsu, WUSC volunteer and Temwanani Kalulu led 27 participants attached to WESM Lilongwe and Lilongwe Nature Sanctuary, and staff members from the Department of National Parks and Wildlife held the first ever Green Entrepreneurship
Mentorship workshops on 13th July 2023 at LILONGWE Auditorium to share knowledge and ideas that will scale up the impact of their green initiatives. The gathering has been organized by WESM and the Department of the National Park and Wildlife at Lilongwe offices in collaboration with University Service of Canada (WUSC) volunteers with the theme of green entrepreneurship.
The one-day Mentorship workshops equip young people leading existing climate change, environment, and natural resources initiatives with knowledge of environmental innovation and how to access green investment.
Young people have a critical role in protecting our environment, addressing the climate crisis, and halting biodiversity loss. While not responsible for the environmental challenges they face, young people have passion and ingenuity that can be harnessed to bring about behavior change in their communities, create green jobs as well and foster tangible benefits for the natural world.
“Young Malawians are already coming up with exciting businesses that are solving complex environmental challenges, from organic compost and green pavers to sustainable furniture. We need to draw on their innovation and spirit of entrepreneurship to demonstrate and promote the benefits of linking socio-economic transformation with environmental sustainability,” said Mrs. – Kataya, The Branch Manager, of Lilongwe Nature Sanctuary under the Department of Wildlife and Parks. .
As part of the workshops, the participants showcased their initiatives through an interactive design thinking and participatory approach that facilitated adoption during the training. The training allows attendees to learn and share experiences and skills and encourages others to join in building a green business by creating green innovation initiatives and investments that promote the sustainable use of national resources for socio-economic development.
The Role of Social Movements in Promoting Environment and Biodiversity session facilitated by Temwanani Kalulu, an officer at WESM Lilongwe noted “that Social movements have played a vital role in raising awareness and advocating for the protection and conservation of the environment and biodiversity in Malawi and beyond. These movements, driven by passionate individuals and organizations, have the power to mobilize communities, influence policies, and drive positive change hence gender equality needs to continue at the heart of everyone for an inclusive society in Malawi’s green ecosystem development.