I am creating an application that shows how buildings in African countries, with a case study of Uganda, can be built with the least possible contribution of CO2 emissions to the environment.
Rokas is a 3D application that allows users to explore how an African city, in this case Kampala, can build buildings that contribute the least possible amount of greenhouse gas emissions. It also allows users to establish how the city can create carbon sinks (forests, wetlands, grasslands) for those greenhouse gas emissions cannot be avoided. My target audience are students.
Africa covers a surface area that can contain the United States, China and India- the top three greenhouse gas emitters in the world today. Africa’s population growth is currently the highest in the world at 2.5 percent with 1.3 billion additional Africans expected by 2050. It also has the fastest urbanization rate of 3.5 percent per year with half of Africa’s 2.5 billion people expected to be living in urban cities in 2050. This predicts Africa having a big part to play in climate change in the near future.
My proposal is shaping that future through education.
The reason for this is because 60 percent of the African population are below the age of 25 years. Uganda has the youngest population in the world with 78 percent below 30 years. Therefore, the type of Climate Change Education that the youth in an African country such as Uganda receive will determine where the continent is positioned regarding its positive or negative contribution towards climate change in the coming years.