-Young Reporter for the Environment
We recently gathered as a group of young environmental reporters from the Gauteng region. I had never met any of the other young reporters. I thought without this platform we would have maybe never crossed paths. We had nothing in common except our interest in journalism and zip code. I’d always thought that we did not have the same problems or concerns, little did I know that at the end of the session I’d find out we were in the same battlefield – on the same side.
We were tasked to draw our earth and community as we see it now and what we envision it to be in the future. When we shared our drawings, it was striking to see how similar they were. We all suffer from the dreadful effects of climate change some of us at a larger scale than others. What we found is that each of our communities had different approaches or ways to dealing with the same issues. We shared some ways in which we can curb climate change in our communities.
Here are the top 5 ways in which we as young reporters and climate activists can help curb climate change.
- Conserve energy in our everyday life, we can be mindful of the amount of energy we use at school and in our homes. A simple way to reduce energy is to not charge your cellphone the whole night or turn off the computer instead of keeping in on standby.
- Encourage and participate in family time, this way everyone in the house is together and are engaged in one activity instead of everyone being in their room on different devices. This time can also be used to educate the family on environmental issues and what our actions affect the planet in both positive and negative ways.
- We can investigate some of the environmental issues in our communities, encourage others to also look at what is causing these issues, share our ideas and figure out ways we can do better at local levels.
- We can be more responsible when it comes to food. From growing our own food to ensuring that there is little to no food waste. If we grow our own food, we reduce the emissions that go into making, packaging, transporting, and selling the food. If we are in control of our food, we are in control of our health and wellbeing.
- When going to school or to visit friends we can encourage our parents to buddy us up in stead of using individual cars. This way we help to decrease carbon emissions due to transportation.