Every Zimbabwean is responsible for some amount of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions into the atmosphere induced by our daily activities, known as ‘Carbon Footprint’. Climate Change/Global Warming is being caused by the collective increase of CO2 emissions into the earth’s atmosphere from human activity all over the world. As Zimbabweans and citizens of this planet it is our responsibility to reduce our carbon footprint to counter the effects of climate Change.
The level of environmental degradation that has occurred in Zimbabwe is so disturbing; the year 2000 was the beginning of it all, the land reform has done serious damage to the nation in general and the environment in particular. Deforestation is largely driven by high demand for firewood arising from incessant power cuts as most urban dwellers now use firewood for cooking as well as tobacco farmers who use firewood to cure tobacco. Veld fires are on an increase every year. There is no longer any discipline on most farms.
In the first quarter of 2015 POVO Afrika Trust conducted a country wide survey in tertiary and higher level institutions around Zimbabwe with the objective of finding out, “what students knew about Climate change”. The organisation had permission from the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education to conduct the survey and we received a very good response from the institutions and their students. The survey was conducted in all the major cities; Bulawayo, Gweru, Harare, Masvingo and Mutare.