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Manica Youth Assembly  (MAYA) LAUNCHES MUTARE GREENING PROJECT Manica Youth Assembly (MAYA) achieved a milestone yesterday 05/12/18 after successfully  launching the Mutare green and refostation project at Murahwa Hills Primary School in Chikanga. The launch occasion was graced by His worship the Mayor of Mutare clr Blessing Tandi and other Councillors. More significant was the attendance of five Mayors from ,Bindura Zvishavane, Hwange, Chinhoyi and Kariba Mayors who took time off their busy schedule at the ucaz meeting to attend this historical event. MAYA contributed 100 plants which were planted at Murahwa Hills Primary School. This event marked the  Genesis of MAYA's strategic green and reforestation project that aims to plant 5000 trees in the next 12 months in Mutare and other parts of Manicaland. MAYA recognizes the serious negative effects of climate change and environmental degradation on humaninity and mother earth and has deliberately taken this greening and reforestation project as a duty and service humanity and mother earth. It is a time to act NOW. It is not a secret that Citizens from the global South including Zimbabwe are the worst affected by climate change which has seriously negatively impacted on livelihoods, food production, spread of tropical disease, pollution and increased poverty. His worship the Mayor of Mutare Clr Blessing Tandi commended MAYA for complimenting council's vision of a clean and safe City a vision which is in sync with the sustainable development goals. He reiterated the need for continuous engagement and cooperation between the local authority and stakeholders be it business, civic society and individuals for the betterment of Mutare. Further, the mayor exhorted citizens to not just monitor duty bearers like council and government but also assist where ever they can to enhance service delivery and protect the environment. He encouraged residents to take responsibility and plant trees and keep the city clean by not  to littering. MAYA pledged to continue partnering with council and to become strong advocates and athletes for the environment and climate change. MAYA work and encourage citizens to plant a trees in their environments to ensure and monitor the protection and conservation of our country’s environment especially wet lands, water bodies, pollution and carbon emissions. As young people we welcome anyone who is serious about solving climate change and we work with any members across the political spectrum to find common ground on climate change solutions. MAYA VOICE FOR YOUTH, WITH YOUTH BY YOUTH!

Sustainable Actions in this Community

Mobilising communities to adapt to the changing climate and making resilient communities. The communities have the responsibility to make sure garbage is properly disposed as well as watching against cutting down of trees without replacing them. Without proper managing of resources, the communities will suffer from the effects of climate change and include but not limited to floods and excessive heat waves that affect the production of crops within the region. MAYA was educating the communities to try and separate biodegradable from non biodegradable waste in their houses. Community participation is key to the success of the programmes that affect the communities day in day out.  Without community participation the programmes will not have a strong buy in and hence the need to involve them throughout the processes. MAYA as an organisation targeting youths the participants also involved the youth members. It is our duty as young people to protect the environment and who else can do it.  MAYA for protecting the environment. MAYA continue in advocating for a clean environment and safe for all. This was amplified when there was a specific activity to collect and store plastics that were dumped into water bodies. The main river affected in Mutare is the Sakubva river in Mutare Zimbabwe. It’s time for a change was MAYA’s motto during the plastic collection along the river. While plastic has many valuable uses, we have become addicted to single-use or disposable plastic — with severe environmental consequences. Around the world, one million plastic drinking bottles are purchased every minute, while up to 5 trillion single-use plastic bags are used worldwide every year. In total, half of all plastic produced is designed to be used only once—and then thrown away. Plastic waste is now so ubiquitous in the natural environment that scientists have even suggested it could serve as a geological indicator of the Anthropocene era. So how did we get here? People are buying in shops and other point of sales some plastic bags which they cannot destroy and they end up in rivers and affecting the water we drink. From the 1950s to the 70s, only a small amount of plastic was produced, so plastic waste was relatively manageable. By the 1990s, plastic waste generation had more that tripled in two decades, following a similar rise in plastic production. The occurrence of cyclone Idai recently that affected three countries namely Malawi, Zimbabwe and Mozambique in Southern Africa has actually added to the effects of plastic disposal. Areas along the Sakubva river have been heavily affected and downstream in Dora area and eventually along Odzi and Save river. The effects are felt when animals start dying after consuming large amounts of plastic and end up affecting the digestive system. All the plastics are being washed and deposited into the sea and ending up affecting the aquatic life especially fish and other creatures where countries also depend financially. The effects of plastic pollution is massive even on the oceans and seas. Plastic pollution is killing cetaceans, including dolphins and whales. After ingesting massive amounts of plastic, marine mammals are dying of thirst and hunger. Hence MAYA is calling for plastic free and ethos lifestyle which will encourage the safe environment safe for every animal under the sun. Join us on facebook and tweeter to advocate for plastic free environment and also communities to be proactive in reducing the number of plastics disposed in rivers. --- Manica Youth Assembly(MAYA) with the support of the Zimbabwe Council of Churches(ZCC) took part at a belated 2019 Day of the African Child commemoration at a rural community of Zvipiripiri in Manicaland,Zimbabwe. The activity is a culmination of the SDGs and child rights dialogue which was held last month where all stakeholders reflected on the state of the child welfare using SDGs as the basis of analysis and possible interventions. The Day of the African Child Commemoration provides a platform for the local child leaders together with their rural counterparts to lobby and advocate for a more child friendly policy and environment. This is a critical component seeing kids participating in governance issues at local level. Kids who attended also spoke on early child marriages which are rampant on the area amid severe shortage of books and other critical items for learning. This makes the girls child very vulnerable and end up succumbing to early marriages. Duty bearers should see to it that the books and relevant materials for conducive learning environment are adequately provided timeously. Most kids are not attending school due to shortage of food and this has also been as a result of the effects of climate change where patterns of rainfall has been erratic and fields unable to produce to feed the families. In all this the girl child is the one who suffers most and with the great need for sanitary pads monthly, majority of them cannot afford hence they revert to unhygienic materials with disastrous health consequences. There is need for climate change advocacy and lobbying and involve the communities in dealing with adaptation and encouraging massive planting of trees in response.