Listening to each other’s experiences as Africans impacted by the climate crisis is an important part of Climate Week/COP26. We need stories of hope, commitment, and courage—stories that can unite us, inspire us, and rekindle our spirit. We also need to share our struggles in relation to the climate emergency, and how it is impacting our continent, countries, and communities.
This Forum on African Voices welcomes African climate activists, and all Africans, to come share their stories and struggles, learn from each other, and get a broader picture of the threats of climate change. At intervals during the forum, participants will take turns listening to each other in pairs. In this way, everyone will have a chance to process what they have heard, tell their own story, and express any feelings they have about the climate crisis. Sharing like this can be a powerful way to strengthen our resolve, commitment, and activism.
Our goals are:
1. Increasing awareness of the existence of and damage caused by the climate emergency,
2. Freeing each other from oppression and other hurts that turn people against one another and make them compete for resources,
3. Supporting each other to organize effectively to preserve and restore the environment.
In English, interpreted into Igbo, Lingala, Siswati, and French