Members of Earth Charter youth groups in Nigeria celebrated Earth Day reflecting on the Earth Charter 10th anniversary. Some of the participants traveled as far as from Bayelsa state (Niger Delta) and Sokoto state (North West).
After the introduction of participants, Taiwo Oyelakin explained what Earth Day celebration means and how it started; he shared the story of many youth taking action across the world around this day. Esther Agbarakwe, Earth Charter Nigeria, also explained what the Earth Charter means and why the 10 Year Celebration. She stated that the Earth Charter has been in existence for 10 years inspiring sustainable development around the world in schools, churches, government and among young people.
Participants then went into a mini participatory workshop on climate change and youth action, this was led by Ilona (from Finland) and Esther. Participants explained what they understood about climate change and what young people can do using the Earth Charter as a guide. Various actions such as capacity building, policy advocacy, tree planting and community sensitization was all suggested and adopted