Practicum Participant Gabriel presents on Goal #13: Climate Action

DSC_1252As part of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek’s Practicum Programme, one of the participants, Gabriel Hamwala, gave an engaging and educational presentation about the Sustainable Development ‘Goal #13: Climate Action.’

The Practicum Programme, aims to educate secondary students on the work of the United Nations as well as to provide the students with practical skills. Gabriel, who will be attending an Environmental Summit next week, was given an extra assignment in lieu of the final week of the programme.

DSC_1302Given the task of researching Goal #13 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Gabriel worked on his presentation for four days, utilizing resources in UNIC Windhoek’s library as well as putting in the extra effort and working on it at home.

On 11 May 2016,Gabriel presented on the goal to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts on our world today. He first explained what the Sustainable Development Goals are, using a video to reiterate the ideas he had shared with his audience.

DSC_1258Following an in-depth introduction to the SDGs, Gabriel explained what climate change is, the effects of it as well as provided facts supporting his claims. He then went into the specific aims of Goal #13 and provided a holistic overview on the steps that need to be taken to comply with its objectives.

Explaining the United Nations Sustainable Development Conference and the Paris Agreement, Gabriel discussed the promise to take action against climate change at the level of global leaders.

He then went into how individuals can make an impact in combating climate change. He said that as individuals, we can use our voices to speak to government officials about integrating climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning.

Gabriel also provided examples of ways that his practicum programme colleagues can begin combating climate change immediately, including trying not to print as much, turning off the lights and using a reusable water bottle to name a few.

Gabriel showed detailed background knowledge about Goal #13 and was able to answer all questions raised by the audience. The other students showed great interest in learning more about the other goals defined in the agenda, which will be presented in the final week of the practicum programme.

Besides covering Goal #13 in depth and presenting a high amount of educational content, Gabriel created an engaging presentation that included a wide range of multimedia. The graphics and the video he showed backed up the ideas he presented, and the content was arranged in an aesthetically pleasing manner on his slides. Gabriel also had great composure giving the presentation, using a calm but direct tone.

Gabriel, who is now well-versed in the area of climate action and the impact climate change has had on Namibia, is prepared to attend the Youth Environmental Summit (YES) being held this week in Etosha.