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Students challenged to protect environment

TANZANIAN students have been urged to be agents of change towards protection of their environment by being involved practically and by holding discussions on climate change.

The call was part of resolutions after a one day symposium to discuss climate change at the Institute of Social Work (ISW) in Dar es Salaam over the week-end.

Under the title ”A Symposium on Climate Change Consequences on Socioeconomic Development in Tanzania”, the symposium was organized by the Civic Education Teachers Association (CETA), in collaboration with the Konrad Adenaeur Stiftung (KAS) an NGO from German.

The symposium attracted students from various secondary schools in Dar es Salaam and presenters were Professor James Ngana and Professor Amos Majule from the Institute of Resource Assessment (IRA) of the University of Dar es Salaam.

Opening the symposium, CETA’s Executive Director, Mr Salim Olotu, said the symposium was meant to stimulate similar debates at school level, in communities and at the family level. The symposium coincided with the ongoing Climate Change International Conference (COP17) in Durban, South Africa.

The dons who presented two different papers said that Climate Change has severe effects to human beings and other living and non living creatures hence the need to improve protection of the environment including championing forestation schemes

Prof Ngana said that community members must understand that weather conditions were prone to be affected by many factors like ordinary day-to-day human activities which eventually affect temperature and precipitation activity.

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