ILORIN, KWARA STATE–Global Shapers Ilorin, one of the Global Shapers Community spanning 456 city-based hubs in 150 countries, has won a $12K grant in the just concluded Youth Climate Action Challenge hosted by the US-based NGO, The Climate Reality Project, and sponsored by philanthropist Rosamond Zander.
The fund will help the Ilorin Hub accelerate its climate action project dedicated to build resilience and adaptation in Ilorin communities in a bid to scale climate action in 2022.
The Ilorin Hub emerged winner alongside five (5) other hubs including Tswane Hub, South Africa; Port of Spain Hub, Trinidad and Tobago; Thimphu Hub, Bhutan; Rawalpindi Hub, Pakistan; and Los Angeles Hub, USA.
The awarding body, The Climate Reality Project, will facilitate mentorship opportunities for members of the hub through the engagement of global shapers and other young global leaders.
According to an Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) report titled Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability, climate change has caused dangerous disruption in nature and has affected billions of people across local communities.
“Having being victims of outcomes of climate change which often manifests in recurring flooding in Ilorin, the project is essentially designed to empower residents of local communities in Ilorin East and West build resilience and develop capacities towards taking solution enabling climate actions.
In order to enhance sustainability of the project, we also aim to empower local initiatives designed towards addressing climate change in the communities.
Thus, at the end of the project, we hope to have developed the capacity of over 3000 residents of these two local governments towards taking climate actions in their communities and also support victims of flooding with small grants.”Said Qudus Yusuf, Founding Curator of the Ilorin Hub.
“It’s a big win for the hub being a newly founded hub (less than a year old). It reassured us that when we come together as young people we can achieve whatever impact we want to co-create in our local communities.
As part of the project, workshops conducted in local languages will build the capacity of community members to facilitate climate-resilient development and thereby tackle adaptation problems within Ilorin.”said Azeez Abubakar, Hub’s Climate Action Project Lead.
The project will focus on the hub’s ambition to help local communities learn about the effects of climate change, and protective mechanism to adopt in the face of future disasters.
About The Global Shapers Community
Global Shapers Community is an initiative of the World Economic Forum dedicated to driving dialogue, action and change within local communities.
The initiative is a network of Hubs developed and led by young people who are exceptional in their potential, their achievements, and their drive to make a contribution to their communities. As of April 2022, the community has grown into a youth force spanning 456 city-based hubs in 150 countries.
The Ilorin Hub is a member of this network.
About The Climate Reality Project
The Climate Reality Project is a non-profit organization based in Washington DC, and focused on climate change education and advocating for climate solutions available today.
The organization is a consolidation of two environmental organizations, the Alliance for Climate Protection and the Climate Project, both founded in 2006 by former U.S. Vice President, Al Gore, who currently serves as chairman of the board of directors.