Afghanistan Climate Change Movement (ACCM) is a nongovernmental, nonprofit & non political organization of dedicated, energetic and passionate youngsters, professionals and civil society activists. ACCM was found as a result of a commitment with GPS, June 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey
ACCM recently organized a climate change awareness seminar. The event held on 24th May, 2014 in Kabul. The targeted audience/participants were mainly youth from different life sectors.
107 young male and female joined the seminar, and actively took part in the debates with the facilitators and presenters.
In this awareness seminar, we highlighted that one of the biggest issues facing us right now is global warming. Its effects on animals and on agriculture are indeed frightening, and the effects on the human population are even scarier. Also, threw light on the nature of Global warming and causes of climate change, global challenges as well as its universal and regional impacts.
Changing harsh weather, melting ice glaciers, shrinking sea ice, rising sea level, warm oceans and raising temperature was deeply focused to make the concept more understandable to the participants.
Impacts of climate change on the economy were brought under discussion. As Afghanistan is an agricultural country and our economy is based on it, we convinced them with real time examples that how climate change has affected our lives. And at the end, a collective opinion was taken from all that how could we help decrease abrupt changes in the climate and global warming. How to reduce the use of Carbon dioxide and other green house gases.
Cloth bags with ACCM tags printed were distributed among the participants of seminar to spread the message “stop using polythene bags and use environment friendly cloth bags”.
A tree plantation campaign was also launched by the volunteers of ACCM, where they planted almost 4500 trees in Laghman province of Afghanistan.
We will be organizing a bigger campaign in the near future, so that we could build more regional power shifts and ultimately National Power shift.