Advocacy song for Malawi climate change young leaders launched, featuring musician Joe Kellz 

The Malawi Scotland Partnership (MaSP), in collaboration with the 2050 Climate Group from Scotland, launched a theme song as part of their climate change awareness and advocacy campaign for their Malawi Young Leaders’ Climate Change Project.

Joe Kellz
Malawi Young Leaders’ Climate Change

The song, in audio and video, is titled Nyengo Isasinthe (Let’s stop climate change) and features renowned musician Joe Kellz.

The climate change young leaders brought forward their ideas about the song, then Kellz composed it and production was supported financially by MaSP and 2050 Climate Group.

The song’s rich and catchy content compares climatic trends over the decades and how human activities have contributed to climate change, which is adversely impacting on people and the environment.

It calls upon the youths and the elderly to unite in the fight against climate change in order to restore the environment and build resilience for current and future generations.

The song’s launch, which was virtual, attracted various climate change stakeholders including representatives from the environmental affairs department, 2050 Climate Group, National Youth Network on Climate Change and several other participants from America, United Kingdom and other parts of the World.

In her remarks, MaSP Programmes Manager, Linda Dembo, said the song could not be more timely as Malawi gears up for the forthcoming UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COP26) which will take place this November in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

“As Malawi is developing its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) and National Adaptation Plan, the call for youth voices and participation to inform Malawi’s ambition and negotiation position has never been stronger,” said Dembo.

Dembo hoped that the song will be shared widely to encourage people to take pro-climate actions and initiatives.

“As you know, Malawi has been experiencing severe climate change effects including deforestation, flooding, heat waves and many other effects on agriculture, health, economy and the livelihood of the Malawian people. It is for this reason that MaSP and the 2050 Climate Group felt it necessary to produce this song,” she said.

Also speaking during the same event, Dominic Nyasulu from National Youth Network on Climate Change emphasized the need to invest in various youths talents in order to effectively put across messages of reducing climate change.

“There are so many youths talents–be it sports, drama, writing, singing and several other related arts. Messages delivered through these would help alot in changing people’s mindset towards issues of climate change,” said Nyasulu.

The climate change young leaders initiative comprises young Malawians who work in partnership with the 2050 Climate Group, a youthful group advocating for climate action in Scotland.

The Scottish Government has been funding the initiative for two years now with the aim to equip young Malawians with knowledge and skills to solve climate change challenges.

The initiative also empowers the youths to be capable leaders who take action, influence local policy makers and create long-lasting change towards a sustainable future for Malawi.

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