Just Transition is a concept that refers to the process of moving from an economy based on fossil fuels and other environmentally damaging practices to one that is sustainable and equitable. It is often used in the context of climate change and environmental policy, and aims to ensure that the transition to a low-carbon, sustainable economy is fair and equitable to all stakeholders, including workers, communities, and marginalized groups. 

Just Transition recognizes that the transition to a sustainable economy will have impacts on workers and communities that have traditionally relied on fossil fuels and other polluting industries. It seeks to minimize the negative impacts on these groups, and to provide support and opportunities for them to transition to new, sustainable economic activities. 

The goal of Just Transition is to create a more equitable and sustainable future for all, by ensuring that the costs and benefits of the transition to a low-carbon economy are shared fairly, and that no one is left behind. This may involve a range of measures, such as retraining programs, financial support for workers and communities, and policies to promote the development of new, sustainable economic activities. 

 Africa's youth can be involved in the energy just transition process by getting involved in organizations and initiatives that are working towards a more sustainable and equitable energy system. This could include participating in advocacy efforts, volunteering with community-based renewable energy projects, or joining organizations that are working to educate others about the importance of transitioning to clean energy. Additionally, young people can also play a key role in shaping the policies and decisions that will drive the energy transition by engaging with their elected representatives and pushing for the adoption of more sustainable energy policies. 

Africa's youth can play a crucial role in addressing the climate change crisis and promoting a just transition to a sustainable future. Here are a few ways in which Africa's youth can contribute to this effort: 

  1. Educate themselves about the causes and impacts of climate change, as well as the available solutions and technologies. This will help them make informed decisions and take action in their own lives, as well as educate others. 

  1. Get involved in local and national advocacy efforts, such as participating in climate marches and protests, contacting their elected representatives, and joining organizations working on climate issues. 

  1. Support the development and adoption of clean and renewable energy sources, such as solar, wind, and hydro power. This can help reduce Africa's reliance on fossil fuels, which are a major contributor to climate change. 

  1. Promote sustainable agriculture and land use practices, such as agroforestry, conservation agriculture, and regenerative farming. These practices can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve soil health, as well as provide economic opportunities for young people. 

  1. Support the development of sustainable and resilient communities, through initiatives such as urban gardening, waste reduction, and community-led adaptation efforts. This can help reduce the impacts of climate change on vulnerable populations, and ensure that communities are better able to withstand future climate shocks. 

Natalie Mukundane - AYC