Young African Leaders Encouraged To Join Climate Justice Struggle

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At the Kenyatta University, the third Nairobi Summer School of Climate Justice (NSSCJ) was last Monday, inaugurated by Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), in partnership with Kenyatta University.

Its objective is to encourage young climate change activists to join the climate justice struggle.

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It was an event that attracted over 500 participants covering over 250 students globally and from the African continent.

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Executive Director, PACJA, Dr. Mithika Mwenda described the Nairobi Summer School on Climate Justice as an innovative and unique move aimed at galvanising young leaders and activists armed with knowledge, skills, and tools to advance the cause of climate justice in their communities and other areas.

He also said the mobilisation and policy engagements that PACJA had undertaken is team-worthy, hence the Nairobi Summer School was a quick idea bearing solutions.

“We have been engaging with policymakers and stakeholders to influence and shape policies and actions that are responsive to the needs and aspirations of the people, Dr. Mwenda said.

“We have built alliances and partnerships with other actors and movements that share our vision and values.

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“But, we cannot do this alone. We need you, the young leaders and activists, to join us in this struggle”.

Programme Manager, Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), Amb. Ayele Kabede said the programme is invaluable in building intergenerational knowledge in the context of climate change.

“I am glad to hear that this edition of Nairobi Summer School brought together over 600 hundred physical and virtual students to be equipped with knowledge on Climate Change. This is a big achievement.

He encouraged the youth to think of valuable contributions because, they are actors of change in climate action. “That is why you are here and the reason this platform is here for you.

Dutch Ambassador to Kenya, Amb. Maarten Brouwer applauded the initiative, describing it as a gathering of youth climate activists.

Promoters of the NSSCJ said its purpose is to awaken, equip, and inspire a new generation of actors in Africa and globally to address the question of climate justice, including intra and intergenerational equity.

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