Yagasu–Yagasu along with Gerakan Mahasiswa Nasional Indonesia (GMNI) and Wahana Lingkungan Hidup (WALHI) Hosted a Workshop Themed “Youth Against Climate Crisis” at Faculty of Forestry, North Sumatra University’s Hall Room on 14 December 2021.
Yagasu’s Research and Monitoring Manager, Grace Yanti Panjaitan, was invited as one of the speakers to deliver a lecture about Optimizing the role of young people in overcoming the climate crisis through mitigation.
(Yagasu’s Research and Monitoring Manager was delivering a lecture about Optimizing the role of young people in overcoming the climate crisis through mitigation)
Grace Yanti Panjaitan explained that there is a very clear difference between mitigation and adaptation, where mitigation is an effort made to limit or inhibit climate change through efforts to reduce Green House Gas (GHG) emissions.
“Yagasu, the N-GO I work for, has consistently planted mangroves from the east coast of Banda Aceh to North Sumatra by restoring approximately 12,000 ha of critical mangrove area”, She added.
Besides Grace, North Sumatra WALHI’s GIS and Database Manager, Denizen Banurea, also gave a lecture about the response to the COP 26 protest: climate justice and intergenerational justice.
According to Denizen, the climate problem is not one’s problem but a global problem, so it is necessary to accelerate policy and decision-making to overcome the climate crisis by not only involving political leaders but also young people from various circles. So far, North Sumatra WALHI is still trying to engage young people by actively speaking out for climate justice and intergenerational justice, he explained.
The chairman of GMNI of Faculty of Forestry of North Sumatra, Andreas Silalahi, also become one of the speakers talking about the optimization of the role of youth in overcoming the climate crisis through adaptation.
According to Andreas Silalahi, addressing the climate should be the responsibility of all genders, both women and men, so that the joint action against the climate crisis is more optimal for a better future.
As an NGO which is concerned about the environment, Yagasu hopes that there will be follow-up activities in the form of environmental awareness actions from students, which the organization can do independently or collaboratively.
Yagasu (Yayasan Gajah Sumatra) is a Non-Governmental Organization with over 21 years of practical experiences on biodiversity conservation, ecosystem restoration and protection, climate change mitigation and adaptation, capacity building, environmental education and local economic reconstruction through the facilitation of generating income for local communities on green livelihoods. Established on July 17, 2001, the organization initial concernwas Sumatra’s elephant conservation. In 2006, Yagasu changed its management structure and officially registered with Yagasu Aceh as its legal name. In recent years, yagasu has been focused on restoring mangrove restoration, environment and climate change, and local community empowerment in Aceh, North Sumatra, East Java, and Wet Java Province.
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