Hey there, middle schoolers! Guess what? Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has a message for you. He wants you to know that you are not just the leaders of tomorrow, but the leaders of today! How cool is that?
Obasanjo recently spoke at a special event called the Presidential Youth Retreat. The theme of the event was “Contributing to the Green Economy.” It took place at the Youth Development Centre in Abeokuta.
During his speech, Obasanjo encouraged young people like you to break down any barriers that might stop you from showing your leadership skills. He believes that you have the power to make a difference right now!
But that’s not all. Obasanjo also wants you to join the fight against climate change. He explained that climate change is a real problem caused by things like carbon dioxide emissions. This can lead to extreme weather conditions, floods, droughts, and other serious issues.
Obasanjo said, “We need to take climate change seriously. It’s not just a myth or something made up. We can see its effects all around us, like floods and extreme weather. We have to work together to stop this from getting worse.”
So, how can we fight climate change? Obasanjo believes that embracing a green economy is the way to go. This means finding ways to produce less carbon and planting more trees and vegetation to absorb it.
Now that you know you’re already a leader and that climate change is a big deal, what can you do? Here are a few ideas:
1. Spread the word: Talk to your friends, family, and classmates about climate change. Let them know why it’s important and what they can do to help.
2. Reduce, reuse, recycle: Practice the three R’s to reduce your carbon footprint. Use less plastic, recycle whenever possible, and find creative ways to reuse items instead of throwing them away.
3. Plant trees: Trees are like superheroes when it comes to fighting climate change. They absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen, making the air cleaner. Get involved in tree-planting initiatives in your community.
4. Save energy: Turn off lights and electronics when you’re not using them. Unplug chargers and appliances that are not in use. Every little bit helps!
Remember, you have the power to make a difference. Embrace your leadership skills and join the fight against climate change. Together, we can create a greener and better future!