Reflect! Resist! Rise! African Climate Justice Gathering
Reflect! Resist! Rise!
Francophone civil society movements and allied organizations across 13 countries in North, West and Central Africa met in Abidjan, Cote d’ Ivoire from 18 to 20 May 2021 as the first of a series of sub-regional gatherings hosted by the opens in a new windowAfrican Climate Justice Group (ACJG). The ACJG is an emerging platform that aims to strengthen the progressive opens in a new windowclimate justice movement in Africa.
Hosted by opens in a new windowJeunes Volontaires pour l’Environnement (JVE), a group of young activists committed to supporting opens in a new windowclimate justice struggles, the event came at a time of deeply interconnected crises impacting Francophone Africa. From the climate and ecological crises wreaking havoc on the lands and territories across the region to the COVID-19 pandemic/health crisis rippling through communities, poverty and inequality crisis, debt crisis, political crisis and much more – this moment is one that calls for powerful solidarity and strong progressive action.
The meeting was a critical space for sharing, learning exchanges and collective knowledge construction on ways that the climate crisis is impacting the region and identifying connections and opportunities for collaboration, resistance, and solidarity. The group also went on a field visit to a local fishing community in Grand Lahou that has been hit particularly hard by coastal erosion and rising sea levels caused by climate change.