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The Climate Crisis and Our Interconnected World

with Vanessa Nakate

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What you'll learn

  • Hear the powerful story of what inspired Vanessa to begin working for climate justice
  • Learn ​​about how climate change is disproportionately affecting people living in Uganda and other technologically less developed countries
  • Discover how the recognition of interconnection and Ubuntu can contribute to addressing the climate crisis

About the speakers

Vanessa Nakate

Vanessa Nakate, 25, is a climate justice activist from Uganda and founder of the Rise Up Movement. She began striking for the climate in her home town of Kampala in January 2019, after witnessing droughts and flooding devastating communities in Uganda. She now campaigns internationally to highlight the impacts of climate change already playing out in Africa. In 2021, Vanessa was one of TIME magazine’s 100 emerging global leaders and The Financial Times 25 most influential women.

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  • Such wisdom and commitment to advocating and working for a better world for everyone gives me hope for the future of humanity. Vanessa’s eloquent articulation of ubuntu and interconnectedness provides the answer to our world’s problems.

  • Thank you for your insight and your courageous work in spreading facts about climate change as a human experience.God bless you and keep the faith!

  • In a course I teach about visual representation, I use your tweet about the Jan 2020 news photo of you and four other young climate activists. (For those of you who are unfamiliar, Vanessa Nakate was cropped out of the photo in news media, essentially erasing all of Africa from the conversation about the climate crisis). So glad to see you continuing to make your voice heard loud and clear. You are inspiring many others to feel empowered to make change. Thank you.

  • You are a lovely human being. I loved listening to your voice and hearing about your life. God bless you for the work you do and for your journey, and for spreading joy.

  • Venessa is such an inspirational young female that visioned tomorrow through her effort in fighting climate crisis and its impact in human livelihood.

  • Keep going Vanessa – Its so true that if we all do our little bit, we can change the world – we too try to do our small part in recycling and educating people to care for our communities, our environment and in turn ourselves.

  • Lovely

    My father and mother thought me through their actions and words we are interconnected with nature self and others – there is no separation.

    The future is in our children.

    All nations cultures young meet up in meetings of discourse – such meetings are possible using education. Universities need to bring together students from all corners of the world.
    In such an arena it is possible for the elders to hand over the baton.

    She has the gift of messaging

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