#YALILearns: Air Conditioning, Aerosols and Agriculture

Participants at the December 17 #YALILearns event in Ibadan, Nigeria (Courtesy of Okunlola Festus)
Participants at the December 17 #YALILearns event in Ibadan, Nigeria (Courtesy of Okunlola Festus)

With #YALIGoesGreen, more than 9,000 YALI Network members across Africa have committed to taking action on climate change and earned their certificate in the “Understanding Climate Change” course.

More than 300 members have told us about the climate events they’ve held in their respective countries. We want to share with you some of the great feedback we’re getting about these #YALILearns events by taking a look at specific events over the next few weeks.

On December 17, Okunlola Festus and Ogunwole Omotola, two Network members in Ibadan, Nigeria, training with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, worked with GreenWealth Agripreneurs, the institute’s agribusiness initiative, to invite institute participants to an event centered around the climate-change course.

Although they were unable to stream the course video, they used the transcript and discussion guide from the “Resources” tab of each lesson to design a PowerPoint presentation. The presentation on climate change science and solutions was followed by a wide-ranging discussion. “When the participants discussed how they contribute to climate change, they were all shocked that by spraying things like perfume or deodorant, they were contributing to climate change,” Festus said. “The majority of them committed to using deodorants and perfumes without the harmful aerosols.”

They also discussed what roles they could take in their communities to curtail the unsafe dumping of hazardous waste. The topic of how excessive use of air conditioning harms the climate led to a Facebook chat on the topic following the event.

Festus said he would encourage YALI Network members planning an event to be ready to be open-minded and to incorporate the views of participants as the discussion evolves. “You have to allow every participant to be involved in the discussion — carry everyone along.”

If you want to hold a #YALILearns event of your own, look at the #YALILearns page to learn more about how to facilitate your event and choose a topic that will most benefit your audience. Local partners such as a university or civic group can be helpful in finding a venue for your event and helping you get the word out.
Make sure to take pictures at your event, then let us know how it went at the #YALILearns feedback page so we can share it with the Network!


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