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Visual artist Enelless Pemba Phiri has taken up a lead role in climate change issues such that she is one of the 2021 Climate Ambassadors for Global Youth Climate Network (GYCN) in Malawi alongside Thezhi Chisomo Kanthema.

Pemba Phiri, who is also a Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders Initiative (Yali) fellow, said she was happy to be part of the initiative aimed at bringing about change.

The two were selected ambassadors from an overwhelming 2,400 applications from all over the world.

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“GYCN is an initiative of the youth to youth (Y2Y) community of young professionals at the World Bank group. Through this platform, we are going to have climate change learning series for nine months through online programme that provides education and leadership opportunities, “Pemba Phiri said.

She said, at the end of the programme, they would be given certificates.

“We are supposed to do projects on climate change and we will also have actions,” the visual artist said.

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Pemba Phiri said, as a visual artist, she would like to express more as well as partner with other artists through art creation.

“The issue of climate change is very critical and we need to work together. This is why I am looking forward to collaborations with fellow artists as well as go further and conduct exhibitions online and this will also be part of selling Malawi to the world,” she said.

Pemba Phiri said gone are the days when art was only tied to entertainment but now it is a vehicle for disseminating key messages and help bring about change.

“Art needs to be given the limelight because it has potential to help change people’s lifestyle as regards to climate change. Art can help bring about discussion; for instance, on how we can minimise the impact of natural disasters and prevent deforestation among others,” she said.

Pemba Phiri also said through the initiative artists such as visual artists will be challenged to produce beautiful and creative artworks.

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