Inside Climate Resilience
Mtuli Foundation believes that we only have one planet. The planet resources have been for long abused such that there is very huge change. In Karonga Northwest, the changes include climate variation, and increase in temperatures. These changes have contributed to several other effects. If we can’t do something, then the situation will be unbearable in the next few years.
Being champions of changemakers, we work with the youths and/or students to develop programs that respond to climate change in our area. These programs include the 1.5 Max Summit which is hosted in collaboration with Sustainability Partnership. We also advocate and implement organic farming so that nature heals nature
Climate change has had a severe impact on the northern region of Malawi more especially in Karonga district, with frequent droughts, floods, and other extreme weather events affecting the livelihoods of communities. To mitigate the effects of climate change, the Mtuli Foundation has taken the initiative to plant more trees in the region. The Foundation is engaging local communities and secondary schools in the tree-planting exercise, which is aimed at promoting environmental conservation and mitigating the effects of climate change.
The tree-planting exercise is an innovative way of addressing the impact of climate change, which has had severe consequences for the northern region. The droughts and floods have caused crop failures and reduced agricultural productivity, leading to food insecurity and poverty. By planting more trees, the Mtuli Foundation hopes to reduce the impact of climate change and improve the resilience of local communities.
The Foundation’s approach of engaging local communities and secondary schools is particularly effective, as it promotes ownership and sustainability of the project. The local communities are involved in the selection of tree species and the identification of suitable sites for planting. The secondary schools are also involved in the project, as students are trained in tree nursery management and tree planting techniques. This approach not only promotes environmental conservation but also provides opportunities for skills development and education.
The tree-planting exercise is a long-term project that will have a lasting impact on the environment and the local communities. Trees are essential for regulating the climate, as they absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen, thus reducing the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Trees also help to prevent soil erosion and provide shade, which is particularly important in the northern region, where temperatures can be high.
The Mtuli Foundation’s tree-planting exercise is a commendable initiative that will have a significant impact on the environment and the local communities. By engaging local communities and secondary schools, the Foundation is promoting ownership and sustainability of the project, thus ensuring its long-term impact. We commend the Foundation for its commitment to environmental conservation and urge other organizations and individuals to support such initiatives, as they are critical for promoting sustainable development and mitigating the effects of climate change.
1.5 Max Online Summit
The 1.5 Max Summit, held in November 2022, was a virtual event that brought together schools from Malawi, Scotland, and Nepal to discuss climate change and its impacts on our planet. The summit was an opportunity for students to learn about climate change and come up with innovative solutions to address the global crisis. To facilitate their participation, laptops were given to five schools and a youth group that participated in the event.
These schools are Mpata CDSS, Maghemo Secondary School, Mzimba Secondary School, Mpherere CDSS, and Karonga Multi-Career Academy, and the youth group is called the Karonga Youth Eco Club.
The laptops were essential equipment that enabled the schools to participate in the virtual summit and engage with students from other parts of the world. The students used the laptops to connect with their peers from Scotland and Nepal and learn about their experiences with climate change. They also used the laptops to research and develop ideas for mitigating the effects of climate change in their local communities.
The 1.5 Max Summit was an incredible opportunity for students to learn about climate change and its impacts on our planet. Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing our world today, and it is essential that we work together to find solutions to this global crisis. The summit was a great example of how technology can be used to bring people from different parts of the world together to work towards a common goal.
The laptops donated to the schools and youth group will continue to be useful beyond the 1.5 Max Summit. The schools can use them to facilitate online learning and research, which is particularly important in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has disrupted traditional classroom learning. The Karonga Youth Eco Club can also use the laptops to continue their work in promoting environmental conservation in their community.
The donation of laptops to the schools and youth group that participated in the 1.5 Max Summit is a commendable gesture that will have a lasting impact on the education and development of the students. We commend the organizers of the summit and the donors of the laptops for their commitment to promoting global cooperation and education, especially in areas that are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. It is our hope that this initiative will inspire more organizations and individuals to invest in education and technology, as they are critical tools for promoting sustainable development and addressing the challenges facing our planet.