Bicycle Rally Held to Empower Youth for Climate Advocacy

Bonn, August 12 (LLD/OurVoice): To promote green mobility and empower the youth communities for climate advocacy, Life Learning Development e.V. organised a bicycle rally in Bonn on Saturday, the 12th August 2023.

A total of 20 youth activists from different youth development organisations from Bonn, Duisburg and other nearby cities took part in the rally. Starting from the Old Customs Control tower in Bonn with short discussion on climate change issues and youth activism the rally visited the riverside areas and ended in the Bonn Central Station. It was an exciting opportunity to create climate change awareness and enhance environmental protection advocacy with fun.

The participants held the flyers and posters and distributed them among the city dwellers, which consisted of the messages including reduce number of flights, promote public transport, sustainable mobility, take more trips by train, bus or in shared cars, stop deforestation and forest degradation, stop fossil fuels, improve energy efficiency, opt for renewable energy, reduce, reuse, recycle, stop plastic pollution, be aware of resource, conserve water, buy local grown products and promote responsible consumption.

The rally was a part of the project Empowering Youth for Climate Advocacy, which is supported by Foundation EVZ and Civil Society Cooperation with the grants of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany.  Another partner of the project is Armenian Progressive Youth (APY), who also implements similar activities on climate advocacy among youths in Armenia.

The project’s core mission is to empower the young generation through skill-building, enabling them to actively participate in their communities. It also addresses UN sustainability goal 13 – taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. Also, by promoting bicycles as an environmentally friendly means of transportation across Europe.

This initiative also aligns with several other UN Sustainable Development Goals, including Goal 3 (Good Health and Well-being) by promoting physical activity, Goal 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities) by advocating for eco-friendly transportation options, and Goal 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production) by emphasizing sustainable modes of travel. Furthermore, it contributes to Goal 15 (Life on Land) by reducing carbon emissions and supporting a healthier environment, LLD officials stressed.

Serpil Karakiraz, Dr. Ibrahim Muritala, Segun Ajibola, Natasha Shrestha and Dr. Hossain Abdul Hai, among others, addressed the rally.

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