Young Climate Voices

A research-based online platform that provides a space for new voices and intergenerational conversations about the social, economic and political consequences of climate change in Africa.


    Water conservation is the practice of using water efficiently to reduce unnecessary water usage.

    About 70 percent of the earth is water, but only 2.5 percent of that is freshwater. Of the freshwater, 68.9 percent is in the form of glaciers and snow cover, 30.8 percent is groundwater, and about 0.3 percent is in lakes and rivers. So fresh clean water is a limited resource.

    The average person uses around 140 liters of water a day. But huge water deficits are on track to occur by the 2080s - so we need to start cutting down.

    Conserving water saves energy. Energy is needed to filter, heat, and pump water to your home, so reducing your water use also reduces your carbon footprint.

    Also, using less water keeps more in our ecosystems and helps to keep wetland habitats topped up for animals like otters, water voles, herons, and fish.

    YCV Research Series

    Climate Change and Vulnerable Communities in the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe: Recommendations for a Just Recovery Plan

    By Melania Chiponda

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    Extractives and Illicit Financial Flows
    Toward Climate Financing for a Just Transition

    By Simon Rakei


    Climate Articles

    Adapt or die: Small businesses are the gateway to Africa’s climate resilience

    By Muhammed Patel and Gaylor Montmasson-Clair

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    'Catching them Young': The Story of Teaching Sustainability

    By Sharon Munjenjema and Florence Mwale

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    When the Water Came for us

    By Roland Ngam

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    Black Gold, Black Lungs

    By Sintha Chiumia and Emmanuel Croset

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    Adapt or Die

    By Roland Ngam

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    "Rich Nations Should Start Paying Up For Loss And Damage"

    By Mercy Malikwa

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    Reclaiming the Shared Vision of the Nile Basin Starting with the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

    By Stephen Max Donkor

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    Resisting extractivist development

    An interview with Nonhle Mbuthuma 

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    Energy and Climate Crisis: Defending the Public Good

    An interview with Bruce Baigrie

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    Environmental and Human Rights Accountability Gaps in Mining

    By Dr Hibist Kassa and Rachael Nyirongo

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    Climate incrementalism
    threatens to derail COP26 negotiations

    By Thandile Chinyavanhu

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    Climate anxiety, generational rage: The disgruntled youth take centre stage

    By Elana Astrud Kroneberg

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    SA’s reliance on coal remains
    major hurdle to ‘just transition’

    By Martin Nicol

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    Climate change demands
    Eskom reform

    By Moira Levy

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