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Road to COP27: Voices of change

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Road to COP27: Voices of change

Young Africans speak up on climate action
UN News
From Africa Renewal: 
15 February 2022
Vanessa Nakate is a Ugandan Climate Activist and a Young Leader for the SDGs.

In 2022, as the world heads toward the next UN Climate Change Conference, which will take place in November in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt - the fourth African country to host the annual event since 1995. Climate activists around the world are relentlessly pursuing global solidarity and transformational change with a clear and urgent message: act now to protect people and save our planet from the worst impacts of the climate crisis.

As a tribute to those who persist, the Voices of Change series looks at the determination and drive of young people mobilizing for climate justice. It brings into perspective the severity of the vast and varying impacts of the climate crisis, while highlighting the growing movement to protect our future.

We explore the vision and values of young climate activists and their courage to persevere, against all odds, and make invaluable contributions to the global climate movement.

Vanessa Nakate: Climate change is about the people

Vanessa Nakate is a Ugandan Climate Activist and a Young Leader for the Sustainable Development Goals. 

She started her journey as a climate activist in 2018. The climate crisis has been one of the greatest threats affecting the lives of many Ugandans - and she became increasingly aware and concerned about communities particularly vulnerable to the crippling impacts of a warming planet.