St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN):The environment is the central focus for the Department of Youth in Nevis in observance of Youth Month this April
Minister of Youth in the Nevis Island Administration, the Hon. Eric Evelyn said, “I want to take this opportunity to encourage as many of our young persons as possible to participate in the activities of youth month 2022. They were specially organised with you in mind. I’m also encouraging all to continue to support our young people in their endeavours.”
Youth month will be held under the theme “What’s New? A Green, Clean Youth Month ’22!” and will feature primarily green initiatives.
“The department will again seek to raise awareness of the negative effects of environmental degradation and how it is affecting all of us, as well as the urgent need to take action now to arrest the situation,” said the Minister.
Evelyn reemphasised the need for continued focus on climate action while introducing and reintroducing that concept in the youths of the Federation as they are the advocates and decision-makers of the future.
“As we speak, sea levels continue to rise, threatening lives and livelihoods. Hurricanes are taking place more frequently, and are becoming more intense, animals from the extinct. temperatures are rising, droughts are becoming more frequent and more severe, and the patterns of rainfall have drastically changed.”
The activities organised by the Department of Youth for youth 2022 will include the following:
Youth days of prayer on Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3. From Monday 4 to Saturday 9, Marine Awareness Week which ends with a catamaran cruise. Monday 11 to Thursday 14 will feature a green camp for students ages 5-16 years at the EG W Park.
On Saturday 16, a moonlight walk will be held. The youth beach games return this year on Easter Monday, April 18 and more.
Evelyn recounted the beach games last year as a highlight of the month of activities and hopes to see the same this year.
The Minister ended his address by asking all to recommit to environmentally friendly practices as it is our actions that lead to the negative impacts of climate change.