Last week’s fires in the Amazon Rainforest sparked international outrage and many Maltese youths expressed their anger over the situation.
Contacted by Lovin Malta, the National Youth Council, comprised of 42 youths’ organisations including the youth wings of the political parties, has weighed in on the situation.
“Now more than ever governments should be listening to their citizens and youth have been at the forefront fighting for reforms to improve environmental conditions.”
“The Amazon fires are a crisis that all countries should be concerned with. We believe that this resulted from the Brazilian government not taking its environment seriously and loosening its regulations,” the council explained.
The Council said that “the loss of biodiversity and the pollution created from this catastrophe will not only affect the local people’s livelihoods drastically but to a certain extent everyone will suffer from this.”
For the past few months, the youth council has been heading an environmental task force of five subcommittees where young people are “putting time into research, consultation with experts and the public, and working on initiatives that will increase environmental awareness at grassroot level.” This will eventually lead to the council publishing a final policy document in December 2019.
The Council has launched a campaign to shine some light on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, as “there is a huge lack of awareness on Sustainable Development in Malta.”