Climate Consciousness Summit

Vanessa Nakate
Climate Justice Activist | Author | Founder of the Rise Up Movement
Voices from the Frontlines – Africa Rising for Climate Justice

Highlights from this session:

In this very vibrant and passionate conversation Vanessa touches on the key requirements for global climate justice as well as the importance of forgiveness, collective care and the necessity to be precise when taking climate action. Her strong and resonant sharing bring awareness to the realities of people being affected the most by climate change, yet her energy and enthusiasm for a just transformation also give hope and concrete ideas for holistic action.

“If you want to do something – there is so much power in your voice. No one is too small to make a difference and no action is too small to transform the world.”

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Vanessa Nakate

Vanessa Nakate, 25, is a Ugandan climate justice activist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. Inspired by Greta Thunberg, she was Uganda's first youth climate striker, and went on to found the Rise Up Movement - a movement of young people protesting for climate action across Africa. Previously, she spearheaded a campaign to stop deforestation in the Congo rainforest.

In 2020, Vanessa received global attention after being cropped out of a press photo, taken with other white climate activists, at the World Economic Forum. She now campaigns internationally to highlight the impacts of climate change already playing out on the continent. Vanessa is the author of ‘A Bigger Picture’.

Nakate was named a Young Leader of the Sustainable Development Goals by the United Nations in 2020 and was featured on TIME magazine's list of the world’s most influential emerging leaders in 2021.

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