Story, Louvier Kindo Tombe
The president of Young Volunteers for Environment (YVE) Cameroon, Blondel Silenou was speaking in Yaounde on Saturday, September 16, 2023 during a sports walk organized ahead of the 2023 climate change conference (Cop 28) in Dubai.
The sports walk was organised by civil society organisation, YVE Cameroon, in collaboration with other organisations.
Over a hundred young Cameroonians turned out for the walk which was aimed at demanding actions to counter climate change. One of such actions is a commitment taken by the government of Cameroon to inject 25% of renewable energy into its combined energy sources.
“Cameroon has only injected 3%, and the deadline is 2030,” Blondel Silenou, president of YVE Cameroon said.
“It was thus necessary for us to remind the government of her commitments and other possible actions that could be taken to mitigate climate change effects.”
The young climate volunteers walked from Total filling station in Nkomkana right up to the Mbankolo mountains (Mount Messa) in Yaounde.
The participants carried placards with different messages, but special attention was given to fossil fuels.
“This year we focused on fossil fuels, and we are saying NO to fossil fuels,” Blondel Silenou told News Upfront.
Besides fossil fuels, the message passed on centered around climate justice, climate finance and renewable energy.
YVE is promising to assist the government in her endeavours to mitigate climate change effects. The sports walk was just one in a series of activities organized by the organisation in that light, and ahead of the upcoming climate change conference (Cop 28) in Dubai.