‘If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.’ – African proverb
Bonnections teamed up with Africans Rising for Justice, Peace & Dignity and the local Africa diaspora community to organize a workshop at the People’s Climate Summit highlighting the impacts of climate change and environmental activism in Sub-Sahara Africa.
The workshop takes place tomorrow afternoon (Nov. 6, 5-7 PM) at the Gustav-Stresemann-Institute (Langer Grabenweg 68, 53175 Bonn).
AfricansRising is a new Pan-African social and environmental movement that aims to bring a voice to the younger generation and to finish the journey of African liberation by fighting for social inclusion, climate justice, shared prosperity, women and human rights and against corruption and impunity.
Workshop participants will meet and connect with African activists, journalists and changemakers and learn about the Kilimajaro Declaration, Africa born initiatives and climate protection solutions.
- Usman Shehu – Nigerian DW journalist, Senior Editor Africa News Desk (co-moderator)
- Sandra Prüfer – German freelance journalist, Bonnections Initiative (co-moderator)
- Joanita Akello – Ugandan journalist, international development student
- Astrid Hilt – German artist, V-Day & climate activist (Respect Earth)
- Mamadou Mbodji – Vice President of Friends of Nature International, Senegal
- Kwami Kpondzo – Friends of Earth, Specialiste in Conflict Management, Togo
- Godwin Uyi Ojo – Executive Director of Environmental Rights Action, Nigeria
The discussion and cross-cultural exchange will focus on the Togo uprising and other current news, climate justice, women empowerment and the intersection of climate change, natural ressource exploration, conflict and migration.
Instead of a conventional panel, we like to conduct the workshop similar to a palaver tree discussion and do a live stream via Facebook to give our friends in Africa the opportunity to particpate.
In African tradition a palaver tree is a natural gathering spot for community discussions, storytelling and problem solving. It’s a designated location (originally a large tree) where people come together to discuss in a peaceful and constructive manner issues of common interest – roughly the equivalent to the South Pacific “talanoa” concept.