Vanessa Nakate, a 24-year-old Ugandan activist, used her speech to a crowd of protesters in Glasgow on Friday to emphasize the immediate impacts of climate change facing her country and continent, and to paint a picture of a more just future, arguing that the world could emerge from the climate crisis.
“We are in a crisis,” he said. “We are in a disaster that is happening every day.”
But he also offered words of hope, suggesting that change could happen if activists continue to hold leaders accountable for damaging the climate.
“Farms can flourish again,” Nakate said. “Animals can rejoice, because there is water to drink. There is a strong song in lands that were once parched. The pain and suffering are gone. “
“We will not have to fight for limited resources, because there will be enough for everyone,” he said.
Ms. Nakate has become a prominent voice for youth campaigning for climate action, particularly in Africa, drawing attention to the disproportionate impact of climate-induced disasters on people on a continent that contributes little to climate change. global warming problem.
“Historically, Africa is responsible for only 3 percent of global emissions, but Africans are suffering some of the most brutal impacts caused by the climate crisis,” he said.
She claim to fame after it was pulled from an Associated Press photograph of five young climate activists at the World Economic Forum in Davos last year.
Ms. Nakate reacted to her omission in a 10 minute tearful video posted on Twitter denouncing “racism” in the global environmental movement. His book, “A Bigger Picture: My Struggle to Bring a New African Voice to the Climate Crisis,” is published this month.
“We need to continue to hold leaders accountable for their actions,” he told the protesters. “We cannot keep quiet about climate injustice.”