Climate actions led by girls

Myriam Vololonarivo
Posted September 22, 2014 from Madagascar
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Giving voice to the girls, it's almost rare in a country where man alone must decide the future of the nation. This will not prevent us from acting! While leaders and politicians bicker about their own interests, the mass population lives in poverty, squalor and misery. This is the case for Madagascar. Locust invasion, illegal but abundant exploitations of natural resources such as precious woods, famine or floods in the south, pollution in the city, these are the realities we live in our daily. What can we do? Create an event? A mass media awareness? We can do it; we've done that for years. But these actions are not enough. For my part, I did it my way: educating girls, make them aware of the impact of their daily actions to environmental degradation and climate change. Why girls? The girls are the mothers of the nation. When girls have a project in their heads, they take it to heart and do everything to achieve it. They take it as if it were their own babies. That is why I have chosen girls. What have we done? I lead a Scout unit of 60 girls, aged 6-17 years, every Sunday. Together we organize events for the future of young people, taking a theme for each gathering. Since May 2014, the young aged 15-17 years took as the theme for their actions: the Millennium Challenge Development No. 7, a key item on climate change and degradation environment. I teach them to express themselves, talk around the subject. Miarisoa Randriambao Lucianna, 16 years old, one of them told me with regret at a meeting: "I am afraid that we can catch this degradation. You see, the human need is insatiable. We can do anything but destroying, then how do you expect us to do?" She's right, first. We know only destroy, to satisfy our own needs. But it is not yet time to give up. That's what I told her. "You can change things, we can at least raise awareness to respect their surroundings," I said to them to reassure them. "Through everyday actions such as not drop litter on the ground, recycle if possible, I think we can get there. Global warming is dangerous, you know. What would we do if ever the land became uncultivable? Come on girls, let's keep hope! " had retorted Rinasoa Augustine, teammate of 17 years old, one that has been most affected by the sensitization. Having been encouraged by the involvement of girls, I encouraged them to organize an event for the respect of the environment. 10 girls were actively involved in organizing a flash mob. Sunday, September 21, 2014, was the International Day of Peace, but also the day of Climate Action Marching organized by 350.org in New York. We didn’t have the opportunity to go to New York to march with others. But we organized a flash mob in our community, Ampitatafika Antananarivo. Gather maximum participant was our goal. To get there, we organized basketball games and volleyball courts, flash mob zumbas. In short, activities that interests them. Between each match, we have sensitized to express their ideas about their daily, their sentences to breathe clean air, pollution in which they live ... So we were able to gather 200 young people, children and adults in the community, at the church yard. The event was very encouraging for young people who were coming. For those who already have some knowledge about climate change, they found more. Those who have not been previously raises awareness got a new topic to discuss with them, and of course, to adopt other environmental actions. Above all, the girls were proud of their actions. This is my revolution, these are my actions. Through education, our actions can spread like wildfire: with small things, we can make great!

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Ashley Turner
Sep 22, 2014
Sep 22, 2014

I am in awe of the inspiration work you have done and the work you still to do. WOW! By engaging these girls in these activities and allowing them to creatively tackle the issues you are creating change agents of the future. You are so right, girls are the mothers of your nation. They are the mothers of the world and need to be nurtured. I commend your efforts and wish you all the best as you proceed with your movement. Thank you for sharing!

Best, Ashley

Myriam Vololonarivo
Sep 24, 2014
Sep 24, 2014

Thank you Ashley. What I have done is still small in a big world where we live. But I'm sure these girls can do bigger that I did. You're right, we have to think big, dream big, believe big and take the risks to do big! As the malagasy proverb says: "Aims at the sky and you'll reach the mountain", the important is to take actions and in every small steps we can make great challenge. It's not time to give up, it's time to struggle!

Best regards, Myriam

Tan Ching
Sep 23, 2014
Sep 23, 2014

Females can also lead...

JOY Eze
Sep 23, 2014
Sep 23, 2014

Very good work,Yes we (women and girls) can do it ,even better.

Olutosin
Sep 26, 2014
Sep 26, 2014

You are doing great, you are impacting live, the number does not matter. The motive does. I have a good sister too from Madagascar. She is Tsiaro Raharison https://www.facebook.com/tsiaro.raharison?fref=ts She is an Angel too.

Continue your good work. You are great!

Myriam Vololonarivo
Sep 30, 2014
Sep 30, 2014

Hello Olutosin Oladosu Adebowate,

Thank you! Indeed, I've just made one step but the next will be done by everyone(including me). Tsiaro is an angel, you're right! I met her on 2012, at the celebration of International Youth Day, after that we become friend. So, I am amazed and happy to know that we have someone in common :-)

Myriam Vololonarivo Advocacy Member of WAGGGS Leader of Malagasy Youth for Sustainable Development

Mukut
Sep 26, 2014
Sep 26, 2014

Well done and I love your reasons for choosing women.

Keep spreading your actions like wildfire !

Love,

Lee Anne Barham
Sep 29, 2014
Sep 29, 2014

I join the other voices who say how motivating and inspiring your leadership is. I also agree that the numbers are not as important as your commitment and belief that what you are doing genuinely makes a difference! All of us who read your stories believe in you and know that you are making a huge difference.

Adanna
Sep 30, 2014
Sep 30, 2014

Well done! You remind of the saying that 'little drops of water make a mighty ocean". I am proud of what you have done and is still doing.

Do not get discouraged!.

With young women like you, women's voices will be heard in high places!