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16 May 2013

ERuDeF and Trees for the Future Cameroon award prizes to students for best essays on climate change mitigation

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laureates pose with their prizes

As part of celebrations marking the 43rd edition of the world earth day, the Cameroonian-based conservation organization, the Environment and Rural Development Foundation (ERuDeF) in partnership with US charity Trees for the Future has awarded prizes to some Secondary School students. These students emerged victorious in an essay composition on the topic "The effects of climate change in schools and what contribution school authorities can make towards climate change mitigation". The prizes were awarded on the 23rd of May, 2013, during celebrations marking the world earth day at the school campus of the Government High School Muea, Buea, Southwest Cameroon. The students were handed over school materials worth 100.000FCFA ($ 200). These included books, pens, math sets, graph books, to name these.

The student who emerged first, Arrey Kemeni Egbe noted in his paper that climate change is very evident in their school setting with rising temperatures. The 17-year-old equally noted that students discovered in the course of 2012 that some local crops such as "Ibo Cocoa" had disappeared. The Upper-sixth student offering sciences proposed that as a veritable way of combating climate change, more and more trees should be planted. The second winner Asaah Terence Brandon in his essay pointed out that the sudden upsurge in flood cases in Cameroon, quoting the example of the last flood in the Northern region of the country was a clear indication of the presence of global warming. The 14-year-old used the opportunity to call on government to support schools and local Non-governmental organizations to work in synergy in combating climate change. The third laureate Nkongho Ekuri Ntui said that he has seen the face of climate change in his daily life. He explained that he has watched how global warming ravaged the walls of their school campus.

Presenting the award to the meritorious students, the Country Director for Trees for the Future Cameroon, Louis Nkembi congratulated the winners and called on their peers to learn from them. "The only way we can be sure of a sustainable management of our environment is by empowering young people who are leaders of tomorrow. We hope to organize many more workshops in future to empower the young people on the contribution they can make towards climate change adaptation" Louis Nkembi went on.

Climate change is fast becoming a scourge to humanity with its effects felt almost everywhere. The average temperature of the Earth is rising, rivers are getting dry and the changing and unreliable patterns of seasons are causing a toll on farmers. In response to this, the United Nations dedicated the 43rd edition of the world earth day to raise awareness on climate change and discuss ways through which it can be mitigated. The day was marked under the theme "the face of climate change"

By Regina Fonjia Leke