Meet Ayakha Melithafa, Mzansi's 17-year-old climate activist

Meet Ayakha Melithafa, Mzansi's 17-year-old climate activist

- A Grade 11 pupil is on a mission to change the world with her activism

- The climate change activist is currently in New York to present grievances to the UN

- She believes that politicians are not taking climate change seriously

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A young woman is on a mission to change the world. The Cape Town-based climate activist is one of the 16 young petitioners who presented a grievance to the UN about the lack of government intervention on the the climate crisis.

Ayakha Melithafa and other teenage petitioners gathered in New York to participate in a press conference hosted by Unicef.

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Meet Ayakha Melithafa, Mzansi's 17-year-old climate activist

Source: Facebook/Ayakha Melithafa
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The 17-year-old, alongside Swedish protester Greta Thunberg and 14 others, will be participating in the Global Climate Strike and various other events, including Climate Week, the UN Climate Action Summit and the UN General Assembly.

Melithafa said that many don't take them seriously because they're young but they are now taking a stance in order to be taken seriously.

The Grade 11 pupil is part of Project 90 by the 2030 YouLead initiative. She is also a spokesperson for the African Climate Alliance, a youth-led climate advocacy group.

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Speaking to the New York Times, Melithafa called for an immediate response on the extraction of coal, oil and gas in South Africa. She went on to ask world leaders to see the impact of climate change through an unbiased lens.

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