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Awareness Creation on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation - Seminar in Tanzania

Globethics.net East Africa organised and held a one day training seminar on AWARENESS CREATION ON CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION AND ADAPTATION to multi-stakeholders who included higher education students, climate activists and religious leaders (Interfaith). One hundred participants took part in this session. The event took place on the 16th December 2014 at the Tanzania Episcopal Conference – Kurasuni in Dar Es Salaam. The event started at 9:00am with an opening prayer and a speech delivered by a representative of Secretary General of the Tanzania Episcopal Conference. In his opening the remarks, he pointed out that God created everything good and gave human beings the right to use all there was to better their lives. However, now there is climate change which is as a result of irresponsible cutting of forests, fishing and so on. In all these human beings have contributed up to 97%. The effect of this is that there is a serious problem to the human beings. He then challenged the participants that this requires human beings to search for ethical solutions to the problems. He encouraged all present people of different background religious, social, cultural and political to join and cooperate in the search. 

The first presentation was made by Herbert Makinda the Programme Executive (PE) Globethics.net East Africa. The PE talked about the mission, vision and core values of globethics.net. He went on to talk about how new participants can register and why it is important that many more new participants should register from Tanzania. Many present had not heard about Globethics.net programme and therefore were not registered participants. He talked of the online digital library and library partnerships that are sought. He concluded by encouraging all participants to actively participate in the sessions of the day.

The day's sessions were facilitated by Prof Aidan Msafiri of Stella Maris Mtwara University College who is also the contact person for Globethics.net in Tanzania and Dr Cornellius Magoti of the University of Dar Es Salaam. Prof Msafiri did a presentation titled FROM CLIMATE CHANGE TO HOLISTIC CHANGE: AN ETHICAL TOOLKIT AND PRAXIS FOR TANZANIA [PDF - 17 pages - 342 Kb]. Dr Magoti on his part presented THE AFRICAN CONTRIBUTION TO THE SUSTAINABILITY/MITIGATION DISCOURSE. Later in the day Dismas Sambala of the Tanzania Episcopal Conference shared his experience working with local communities on climate change.

During the interactive session the participants expressed their gratitude that globethics.net had organised such an event. They pointed out climate change was indeed a serious problem and committed themselves to take action. As a way forward, they said that everyone needs to be in the frontline and champion change. Change begins with oneself. Responsibility should begin with an individual before the individual expects the neighbour to act. They also acknowledged the important role the politicians play in climate change and recommended that they be involved in taking action. Thirdly, they recommended that clubs for environmental conservation be started in schools starting with the primary school level so that these values can be nurtured from when the children are young. Similarly, it was recommended that there is need to start a climate change group for the youth whose work will be to go round in schools to sensitise students on climate change. This would require the cooperation of teachers and parents so that children do not learn some good value in school and then there is no continuity when they are at home. The religious leaders were also thought to be a good vehicle for sensitising the communities. It was recommended by the participants that the religious leaders speak and integrate issues of climate change in their preaching. Finally, they recommended that the local leaders in the local authorities should formulate laws that will help mitigate climate change.