Youngest Kenyan Environment envoy, Ambassador Abdikadir Aden who also spearheads Youth for Environmental Sustainability Network, this year organized a special soccer tournament to address Climate Change.
“This is an Awareness Tournament that begun in July this year and ended on 23rd August, 2015 in aim of fighting adverse effects of Climate Change in North eastern Region” says Aden.
In addition, Aden says that Garissa County like other counties in Kenya is experiencing adverse effects of climate change. This has caused negative socio-economic effects across most sectors.
“Young people are affected by so many social issues in this region, and engaging them positively in the society through conservation, gives them the opportunity to showcase their talents while promoting green practices. Given all the supported they require, they are an asset in this area” Ambassador Abdikadir Aden
These counties are highly vulnerable to climate change effects. It is the first ever platform that has brought young people from the entire region for the purpose of environment.
The tournament attracted 20 teams and the finals were played on 23rd August, 2015.
Majority of the effects have had an overall net negative effect and has so far caused irreversible and detrimental changes to the various sectors. Some of the major contributing factors to these effects are due to lack of Climate Change awareness thus calls for youth participation.
“Young people are affected by so many social issues in this region, and engaging them positively in the society through conservation, gives them the opportunity to showcase their talents while promoting green practices. Given all the supported they require, they are an asset in this area” confirms the 2015 Queen’s Young Leaders Award winner.
Lack of proper soccer fields, trainings and football kits for the teams are the major challenges cited that has affected the prosperity of football and other games in the region. The tournament attracted partnerships from few institutions in the region.
Both corporates and Non-governmental organizations such as Adeso Africa, Womankind Kenya, Orange, Takaful Insurance and Football Kenya Federation who are anticipated that they will support soccer talents in this area.
The league ended with GarGar Football Club becoming the champions this season for the 2015 Climate Change Awareness Tournament.
Other teams who were not left behind include Sunna FC who became the 1st Runners up while Ifbro FC became the third position. Berlin FC was given the most disciplined team during the tournament.