COP 23 : “climate deniers will be defeated”- Tajiel Urioh Green Icon-
Tajiel Urioh is a young activist from Tanzania. He is the founder of Green Icon, an non profit organization aims to fight climate change. Interview.
By Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache
Eraenvironnement.com: Could you please introduce yourself?
I’m Tajiel Urioh, 28 years old from Arusha in Tanzania. I am currently based in Dar es Salaam. Since my childhood I always wanted to protect the environment particularly plants. In secondary school, I thought about being a botanist. I finally studied later geography and Environment: my passion. I have now a BA Hons on Geography and Environmental Studies from University of Dar es Salaam . I’m a Founder and Executive Director of The Green Icon, a non-profit organization I found in 2012 when I was second year student.
The Green Icon is a non-profit organization working on environmental conservation, climate action, energy and green youth development. Action for Resilience is a flagship motto for our organization. We have been working with media houses and youth programmes. And we re thinking to work with grassroot community now particularly on climate change adaptation, renewable energy and access to safe and clean water.
I see the consensus on adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, Paris Agreement and Sendai Framework of Disaster Risk Reduction as one of the big victory the world experienced in recent years. On Paris agreement, first I’m very proud that I was one of CSOs soldiers who pushed governments tireless on this agreement, I remember the push on inclusion of Loss and Damage as per Warsaw International Mechanisms for Loss and Damage. I remember that night when all nations agreed and it was really a break heaven step. I’m now working with community on different youth groups and community on conservation and reforestation. With my organization, we are also working on raising awareness for land conservation and well management as per call of Paris Agreement and SDG Goal 15 (Life on Land).
How does your organization work with Women?
The Green Icon recognizes the role of women. Women are drivers of change in community particularly when there are empowered. It is for this reason that we are working closely with girls and women. Women are good agent of changes especially in adaptation measures in agriculture sector where most of them are directly involved in Tanzania. Currently girls who are working with us are becoming voice of the voice less in many issues including climate.
So far, do you understand the process to have access to the Green Climate Fund and the Adaptation Fund?
Yes, I understand. Last year, I participated in workshops on raising awareness on access to Green Climate Fund as well as Adaptation Fund. It was organized by the authorities of Tanzania. Our government already benefits from these two funds. Now, we need as Non Governmental Organization to take this opportunity and be able to change lives of community by implementing adaptation and mitigation programmes.
I am very positive that the world will stand together and climate deniers will be defeated, even if the United States of America said it willing to withdraw from the Accord, they will be still part of the discussion.