ZCCC TIMES Volume 4 - Number 2
16 August, 2011
Day 2 at the ZCCC3
It is time for my next session, Water and Sanitation. “Water is life,” the facilitator says, “So careful how you treat it, be kind and take care of it.” He goes on, “Water is death that’s if you mess with it, if you are really mean it shies away and disappears then you have droughts and hunger everywhere. If you decide to be harsh by killing the trees it joins forces with the wind and the sky and the sea and its goal is to destroy everything in its way. It takes your home, it takes your health and the scientists call it a flood. Since it never chooses who is to suffer.”
By Chitalu Makupa, 18 (Copperbelt) It is Tuesday, the second day of the ZCCC III and as we dig into details I can feel the heat rising. Curious minds are everywhere wondering what goes here and who goes there. My eyes are closed but I can see. I am surrounded by smoke and rubbish. The facilitator comes to show me the way, not round or over but through the mess. I’m choking and I’m coughing and my eyes are watering because there’s smoke all over. I can smell something is rotting and there are cans and broken glass on the path. Woo! A swarm of flies just flew past me. Just when I’m about to turn back the facilitator says “an ambassador is supposed to...” straight away I am thinking bins and rubbish bags. There are biodegradable materials on my left and nonbiodegradable ones on my right. The fire is put out and the ashes are swept, and in one and half hours I learn how to deal with both wastes and my first session ‘waste management’ ends.
I am getting worried and starting to panic but Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), my third session steps in. They show up in time just after lunch. I am amazed because there is so much I never knew. I learn that it is possible to control and prevent the damage caused by floods. This is by constructing stronger structures on higher ground and also by planting trees. The facilitator then informs us that floods are not the only disaster. At that moment I fully open my eyes to what all these sessions are about. They are more than just lessons, they are educative adventures, and they are life skills.
Tea break!!! We all gather. ZCCC TIMES
My Food and Agriculture Session Experience by Tabara Bah, 15 (Luanshya) I attended a climate change session on food and agriculture. I really enjoyed the session in a sense that I learnt a lot about the topic. I learnt that agriculture is the science of planting crops and rearing animals. In that line, Climate Change affects agriculture in the sense that floods wash away our crops while droughts dry them up. Both situations affect our eco system by reducing food. Irrigation is one way of adapting to these effects and this works in the case of droughts. My father has a farm in Mpongwe, Copperbelt, but he does not irrigate his crops. With the irrigation skills I have learnt in this session, I will go back home and encourage him to start irrigation. I will also urge him to help me encourage his fellow farmers to do the same.
I Leant about the Effects of Climate Change on Water and Sanitation By Priscilla Mwila, 16 (Lusaka) I am humbled to be part of this conference. This is my first time to be at the Zambian Children Climate Conference. I attended a session on water and sanitation facilitated by Josephine Pumulo and Vanessa Njovu. In this session, I learnt the importance of water in our lives and the need to keep our environment clean. I also learnt that one of the ways that climate change affects water and sanitation is by bringing water-borne diseases such as cholera and dysentery and this is the sanitation part. Rain which is a source of water can also be a source of misery especially to school-going children, when it brings about floods. On sanitation, we specifically explored reasons for poor sanitation in our communities. Some of the reasons included poor or no information on the issue, ignorance and sometimes just lack of cooperation by the community. In my community specifically, many people get water-borne diseases mainly because of the lack of information. I learnt a new way of water purification, which is distillation. With this information I will see to it that I sensitize my community to purify water before they consume it. All in all, I had fun and I am looking forward to the next sessions. ZCCC TIMES