Thousands of climate activists across Africa participated Saturday in the global RISE for Climate marches, as people from 95 countries on six continents took to the streets to demand action on a sustainable future for all.
The Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), one of Africa’s leading civil society environmental networks based in Nairobi, coordinated events in Kenya, while organizers in Uganda say a crowd of 25,000 people filled the streets of Kampala to march for change.
“Zambia joined the rest of the world in commemorating the Rise for Climate Action Against Fossil Fuel,” said activist Matthew Kalabo, whose group went to the southern Sinazongwe province where coal mines affect quality of life. Residents there complain of air and water darkened by the neighboring mines.
Malawi held marches led by the Civil Society Network on Climate Change (CISONECC), above, as did much of West Africa. There was a RISE for Climate event on Cabo Verde, where the islands of Santiago and Boa Vista represented the nation in the 350.org event. Praia hosted a campaign supported by the Cape Verdian Association of Ecotourism, the Movement Against Pollution of Cape Verde and other groups.
Tunisia held two marches as Egyptians gathered in Alexandria, and Somali activists marched in Mogadishu as their counterparts took to the streets of Cape Town in South Africa.
“No more stalling, no more delays: it’s time for a fast and fair transition to 100 percent renewable energy for all,” the organizers said. “Real climate leadership rises from below. It means power in the hands of people not corporations. It means economic opportunity for workers and justice and dignity for frontline communities that are the hardest hit by the impacts of the fossil fuel industry and a warming world.”
Image: CISONECC Malawi