About

The Afrika Vuka platform used to be called deCOALonise.Africa. We are a powerful movement of citizens around the continent working to build a future that’s free from the destructive impacts of climate change.

The Afrika Vuka platform aims to unite campaigns and movements working to end the age of fossil fuels in Africa and move to clean, renewable energy. We are uniting diverse campaigns with a call to halt new fossil fuels infrastructure in Africa. We want our local communities and institutions to commit and act to:

  1. A fast + just transition to 100% renewable energy for all
  2. No new fossil fuel projects anywhere.
  3. Not a penny more for dirty energy

350Africa, part of the global organisation, 350.org has been supporting campaigns against fossil fuels on the continent since 2011 and is launching this platform to unite climate and environmental struggles across the region.

Why should your campaign be a part of Afrika Vuka?

  1. Networking: You will get an opportunity to interact with fellow activists campaigning against coal throughout Africa for mutual inspiration, peer support, sharing experiences and powerful networking.
  2. Share resources and learning: The platform seeks to empower regional campaigns. Through shared stories, research, content, as well as webinars, workshops and other learning and sharing experiences. We will help provide tools to help boost your existing campaigns or to start new impactful ones.
  3. Amplify your campaign work: Joining Afrika Vuka means being part of a growing united global community actively working to build and consolidate community resistance against fossil fuels. Afrika Vuka will help amplify regional campaigns, and highlight campaigns against fossil fuels on a continent-wide as well as global level.
  4. Continent-wide solidarity: We aim to build collaboration across different regions so that your campaign moments could be amplified across the continent. For instance, if you are holding an activity in your country, other campaigns across the continent could undertake solidarity activities in their countries. We will be able to leverage campaign power across regions and borders by supporting each other.

Get started here!

How does it work?

We are ready to support and showcase the work of regional campaigns and groups actively challenging the power of fossil fuels corporations and their supporters.

Possible action ideas may include non-violent direct action in front of fossil fuels corporations or financiers, delivering a petition to your government asking for a commitment to 100% renewable energy, a march or a gathering in front of a symbolic target. You may already be planning similar types of activities, and we hope you will share them with #AfrikaVuka so that we can amplify them.

We campaign to take away everything the fossil fuel industry needs to grow and survive: their social licence, their political licence, and their money. We organise in our communities to stop or ban new coal, oil and gas infrastructure. 

We organise and focus the huge public support for renewable energy into actionable commitments by our local institutions for 100% renewable energy.

Principles


Principle #1:

Everyone is welcome.

Climate change isn’t just an environmental issue, or a social justice issue, or an economic issue — it’s all of those at once. It’s one of the biggest challenges humanity has ever faced, and we’re going to have to work together to solve it.

This movement actively welcomes the talents, energy & commitment of all individuals volunteering their time, regardless of their background, ethnicity, religious or spiritual belief, gender and sexual orientation. We react immediately against hate and discrimination.

 

Principle #2:

We’re all leaders.

Each group has the power to decide its own organising, facilitation, decision-making, communications, tactics and actions.  We’re all responsible collectively for making sure we live up to our values and shared organising principles.

 

Principle #3:

We take action.

Taking action is how we build public support behind our cause. And we recognise the importance of escalating those actions when our demands aren’t met.

We are committed to maintaining non-violent discipline in all of our actions. We support those who take direct action and respect those who are not in a position to take part. We encourage a wide range of tactics — it strengthens our movement.