Teenager appointed climate advocate  

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STAFF WRITER 

UNICEF Zimbabwe has appointed 17-year-old Nkosilathi Nyathi as their Youth Climate Advocate to advance the climate and environment agenda in Zimbabwe and mobilise other young people to join the fight.

The appointment comes as Unicef commemorates World Children’s Day tomorrow, under the theme “Reimagining a greener more sustainable future, for every child”. 

Nyathi, who lives in Victoria Falls, has been an advocate for climate change and environmental issues since he was 10 when he actively participated in his school’s environmental club.

Since 2015, he has been engaged with Unicef as well as Greenline Africa advocating for climate action in many fora and events and giving the voice of young people about climate change in Zimbabwe and Africa.  

“This appointment gives me a greater opportunity to lend a voice for the youth around climate change.

“I am excited and ready to work with others in saving our planet and protecting children from the impact of climate change and environmental degradation.

“I live it, my family and friends live it too. I stand in solidarity with countless young people who want their voices to be heard and acted upon for climate action. We are becoming more certain that we will be heard and those in power will listen,” Nyathi said.

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