Tunisian Youth Cares about Environment
Environmental issues are a recurrent problem all around the world. Even though taken for granted, Earth’s resources are scarcer than it is believed.
Tunisia is in the top 10 countries most impacted by climate change, both the population and the economy. For every 1° increase in temperature, there is a decrease of 1.1% in economic growth.
Sea level will rise between 38cm and 55 cm in the next 10 years.
Tunisia’s vulnerability to pollution is increased by poverty, complex governance, inefficient institutions, limited access to capital, limited infrastructure, and ecosystem degradation.
Regions such as Gabes, and the shores of Hamam Linf suffer greatly from pollution and poor environmental management. These issues are often overlooked as minor or secondary compared to others such as terrorism or financial deficiency. What people fail to understand is that it is a threat, like the others. If no more drinkable water is available, or lands to grow seeds on; we will face a greater problem than financial deficit.
Tunisian Youth does not seem as involved as it should in resolving this issue. Is it an awareness problem? An erroneous estimation of risk? Maybe both.
Our initiative is to take action at the roots of our educational experience: primary school.
We shall suggest a program to raise awareness and implement the culture of caring about the environment since an early age.
We would have hedge funds to implement basic environmental management such as the different trashcans for recycling (plastic, paper, food etc.), the implement recycling mechanisms to go a step further with current environmental policies in Tunisia.
A cooperation between the Ministry of Education and the institution established as a result of this program will coordinate the allocation of resources collected from the hedge funds, as well as the implementation of basic environmental friendly behavior in educational institutions.
Basic environmental friendly behavior would be portrayed by weekly field trips to environmentally deprived areas to raise awareness among the youngsters as well activities such as beach cleaning, planting and others.
Students will be encouraged by the educational structure that supports them to report on their experience and foster this culture of caring about the environment.