Seeds of Africa founder and executive director Atti Worku (born in Adama, Ethiopia) works to educate and nurture children and their families by providing quality education and community development programs in Africa.
By Adrienne Gaffney (Teen Vogue) |
Women political leaders from around the world gathered at New York’s Columbia University on Wednesday to address the role that they will play in the fight against climate change. Women4Climate, an initiative from C40, an organization of global cities working for environmental health, brought together leaders from cities including Paris, Cape Town, Mexico City and Caracas, as well as former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, artist and architect Maya Lin, and several prominent activists. Discussion topics included not just the realities of climate change but also the challenges imposed by climate change skeptics. At the forefront of the dialogue was the way in which the issue disproportionately affects women and the role they can play in combating it. Below, see Women4Climate participants’ best advice on how and why young women can lead the way in this fight.
Atti Worku, Founder & CEO, Seeds of Africa Foundation:
“Involving young girls — especially at the high school age and teenage years — is really important because that’s the time where they’re taking whatever information they have so far and trying to make decisions about what kind of women they want to be. So getting them involved at that age is really central, because it’s a really good entry point for them to get involved in all issues. If you simplify it, it’s about water issues and issues of the air we breathe. And these are things that are really important not only for us, but for future generations. … [Plus,] getting them involved earlier [in science fields] will make sure that they know they are part of the solution and whatever fields they go into, they can actually use their skills to contribute.”