AYCM Young Women facing Climate Change in the MENA Region
The Arab Youth Climate Movement AYCM is an independent body that works to create a generation-wide movement across the Middle East & North Africa to solve the climate crisis, and to assess and support the establishment of legally binding agreements to deal with climate change issue within international negotiations. Established in the lead up to the UNFCCC COP18 Doha negotiations, AYCM is driven by over 20 national coordinators spread across 15 MENA countries and aims to make its presence felt from the Gulf to the Atlantic. AYCM partners include 350.org, IndyAct, Global Campaign for Climate Action and the Climate Action Network (CAN).
AYCM is an independant body that works to create a generation-wide movement across the Middle East & North Africa to solve the climate crisis, and to assess and support the establishment of legally binding agreements to deal with climate change issue within international negotiations.
We do this by educating, empowering, inspiring, ideating, mobilising, (and engaging young climate activists in environmental and developmental activities) across the Middle East & North Africa region.
Each Arab country part, in the AYCM, support the promotion and creation of mechanisms to involve youth, women and children in the sustainable development process.
Advancing the role of youth and actively involving them in the protection of the environment and the promotion of a green economy and social development in order to solve the climate crisis, so it is really important to ensure that they play a proactive role in addressing key environmental issues that will affect the world in general and the Arab world in paricular the coming years.
We are instilling environmental values and sensitizing youth of all ages and, through them other sections of the society..
Reasons for working in this topic, project or business:
The Arab Youth Climate Movement believe by building healthy relationships between ourselves and others in the region and using these relationships to mobilize many people around the climate change issue, as well as to directly lobby our decision makers and others in power, we will help bring about change.
Furthermore, The climate crisis is impacting negatively the human life,The natural world already has a lot to cope with - deforestation, overfishing and poaching all take their toll. Added to this mix, the impacts of climate change such as changing rainfall patterns and rising seafall levels can push some species over the edge.Some may be adaptable, but others are very specialised in how or where they exist, which puts them at particular risk. Global warming is likely to be the greatest cause of species extinctions this century, therefore, our intervention is urgent in order to limit the evolution of the negatives consequences and the risks of the climate change.
Root causes of the problems in this field and main barriers:
The Root causes of the problems we are addressing :
Before 1980, we had substantial evidence that excess carbon dioxide we'd been releasing into the atmosphere was going to cause a change in global climate. Early predictions showed that the world would grow warmer, ice caps would melt, and sea levels would rise. More recent evidence and science show that, as there is more heat energy worldwide, the weather grows more chaotic and extreme. Highs are higher, lows are lower, droughts, rains, and winter storms are all more severe. This makes the problem much worse, both in terms of loss of life, and in terms of agriculture coming to be at risk
And global warming is not the most severe problem. There is one more: overpopulation. As population grows, metropolises become megalopolises, and environmental destruction spreads as more space is needed for living and more natural resources - particularly forests and mining products - are drained to support the human population. Local and regional ecosystems are eradicated as a side effect of the growth of humanity until the human population itself, becomes a time bomb.
What are the main barriers to success in implementing solutions relating to our issues:
We’re building a generation-wide movement to solve the climate crisis, in the MENA Region, and all over the world.
We also depoliticize the issue as much as possible and inspire readers to take action—not only on an individual basis but as participants in the political processes by which every Arab country, and the world as a whole, makes the choice that now confronts us.
There is an old African proverb that says, "If you want to go quickly, go alone; if you want to go far, go together."
What is needed to overcome barriers to implement solutions:
This will require thousands of people, particularly in politically and economically strategic areas, willing and able to take deep action on climate change when needed.
Specific needs and/or support requests:
An affective involvement of women and youth in the sustainable development process and climate justice
Suggested best local solution for this topic:
The use of Solar energies and the implementing of a green economy by the state and the industrialists…
Social Medias and electronic press.
Suggested best global solution for this topic:
An effective international policy in terms of climate crisis and environmental problematics in general.
Promoting the use of solar energies in the public and private spots.
Capacity building of the social actors ( women , youth, ..)
Best practices and policies:
A real advocacy process in order to materialize our aims and vision and to solve the climate crisis.
Create a partnerships with the other NGOs who are working on the same topics and also the governmental sector. ( ministries, embassies,…)
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