We kicked off 48 hours of #AfrikaVuka actions today with actions from Johannesburg to Abuja, Nigeria. At the heart of #AfrikaVuka is a people-centered movement with individuals, families, and communities with first-hand experience of droughts, flooding and displacement caused by the climate crisis. Today, people across Africa are calling for climate justice and the end of fossil fuel investments.
In Johannesburg, South Africa communities affected by mining, and those in support of these communities, marched to the highest court in the land, the Constitutional Court with a memorandum calling for a national ban on fracking in South Africa.
On the eve of Africa day thousands of people across Afrika are taking a stand against Climate Change and Fossil Fuels to encourage Africans to Rise up and start a clean energy revolution !!!✊🏾 #Afrikavuka @350Africa @350 pic.twitter.com/68DMwf1iOd
— New Age Stapura(NAS) (@dirty_hairy28) May 24, 2019
What’s next after #AfrikaVuka, here’s the menu 1) community and popular mobilisation against FF 2) ongoing sensitization and advocacy for a just transition away from FF 3) FF infrastructures will be targeted and denounced 4) Ongoing support of grassroots efforts for a FF Africa pic.twitter.com/3zGFVYyVmG
— Landry Ninteretse (@ninteretse) May 24, 2019
In Abuja Nigeria, to kick off a series of Africa Day actions, school children produced and delivered a parachute that combined art and messaging demanding action to tackle the climate crisis. The parachute was delivered to parliament building whereby strikers called on members of parliament to pass the climate bill and lead Nigeria on the road to climate justice.
It was a great day, our voices were heard and a promise to step up action by the Government.#Afrikavuka #FridaysforFuture
Thank you to all our partners and volunteers.@350Africa
@CCL_Africa Abuja group @gifsep4climate@ZER0_missions @environewsng @sgpnigeria @AfricaCRP pic.twitter.com/cgSdxqGeka
— David Mike Terungwa (@miketerungwa) May 24, 2019
Many more other events happened today across the continent:
— Fossil Free SA (@FossilFreeSA) May 24, 2019
SLSGC with schools and communities demands halt in oil exploration and asks policy makers to direct energy policies to renewables at Waterloo Area Rural District Council. #AfrikaVuka, #FridayForFuture, @StrikeClimate @350Africa @350_kenya @Fridays4future @scccsierraleone pic.twitter.com/a2tqaVVIte
— SL School Green Club (@sierraleonesch1) May 24, 2019
— Ibra Seck Cassis (@Cassis_Ibra) May 24, 2019
#Rencontre d’échanges multiacteurs dans le domaine de l’énegie au #Togo pour discuter des enjeux liés à l’accès pour tous à #Energie.
Présence effective des #parlementaires togolais pour venir écouter les acteurs sur cette thématiques.#AfrikaVuka #MME @JVE_Int @credolesaint pic.twitter.com/V0nl059mIc
— Charles Kolou (@charleskolou) May 24, 2019
Today we joined countless others from across Africa in standing up for a just and sustainable future – one without #fossilfuels! We delivered the Zero petition to @AfDB_Group to call for the shift to 100% #RenewableEnergy and improved transparency policies #AfrikaVuka #AfricaDay pic.twitter.com/Yzg1VR0qPA
— ZERO emissions|omissions (@ZER0_missions) May 24, 2019
— elise tempelhoff (@elisetempelhoff) May 24, 2019
Environmental Activists and Climate Defenders are marching in the Vaal to deliver a memo at Seriti Mine/New Vaal Colliers. The mine has been engaged in massive and aggressive expansion in the area without public consultation and engagement. @LifeAfterCoal @CentreEnvRights pic.twitter.com/QH2YCPiZUC
— groundWork (@groundWorkSA) May 24, 2019
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@350_ghana members, students of @gijofficial_ @campus_gij , students of @aquinasofficial and others embark of the #climatestrike march to demand #governmentofghana commitment to making Ghana’s energy mix 10%renewable by 2030. #climatestrike #climatechangeisreal #africavuka #goghanagogreen @350africa @350id @350.org.au @gretathunberg @evelynaddor @cwundef
Tomorrow (May 25th), there will be more events in Senegal, Kenya, and actions in over 20 countries will be standing up for a just and sustainable future without fossil fuels. The time is now for Africa to go fossil free!