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Africa is Living the Climate Crisis: Building an agenda and movement for CJ, WoMin event, Tues 20 August at 3pm, Women’s Jail, Constitution Hill
August 20 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Africa is Living the Climate Crisis: Building an agenda and movement for Climate Justice
The world is in climate crisis, and Africa and its peoples, like others in the numerous
global Souths of the world, are carrying a burden which is not of their making. Extreme
weather events such as droughts and flooding, and rising temperatures and increased disease are increasingly commonplace across Africa, killing and destroying the lives of millions annually and set to intensify in the coming decades. Deepening conflict and poverty, linked in part to the unfolding climate crisis, are driving increased migration to which wealthy states are responding with walls, blockades and violence. Working
class and peasant women across the world are especially burdened because of underlying systems of patriarchal exploitation.
This crisis is driven by an economic system, capitalism, powered by fossil fuels, fed by large scale industrial agriculture, and highly exploitative natural resource extraction for consumption in overdrive. Deep racism and patriarchy underpin this destructive development model.
Peoples and communities across our continent
are resisting fossil fuels, agribusiness, large scale fisheries and deforestation for profit. They are defending a way of life and proposing solutions in and through their resistance. Working class and peasant women are at the centre of this fight. The climate justice agenda resides in these interconnected struggles and in these visions of a
How can we further harness the energy of resistance and struggle across the continent into a powerful African movement for climate justice?
How do we deepen an African climate justice agenda which supports transitions away from destructive development and, at the same time, supports communities to recover and build new ways of producing, exchanging and living needed to survive the climate crisis and pending climate catastrophe?
Why is a feminist and women centred climate justice agenda so essential to
addressing the planetary crisis?
Please join WoMin in dialogue on these critical issues with some leading African activists for climate justice including:
• Nnimmo Bassey of Home of Mother Earth Foundation, Nigeria; steering committee member of Oilwatch International; and the coordinator of the Fish Not Oil Campaign.
• Khadija Roba of Save Lamu and DeCOALonize Kenya.
• Flaida Macheze of the National Farmers Union (UNAC – União Nacional de Camponeses) in Mozambique; Rural Women’s Assembly, Southern Africa