GREEN ANGLICANS SPREADING THE MESSAGE IN WEST AFRICA
A group of Green Anglicans from different parts of Africa attended the All Africa Youth Conference in Kasoa, Ghana from the 31st October to 5th of November
There were active Green Anglicans from Kenya, Ghana, South Africa, Botswana, Rwanda and Uganda present
Over 900 young people gathered at the historic event from 40 African countries.
The Theme: Africa my Home, Africa my Future was meant to awaken us to the beauty of Africa and inspire us youth to be active in our own countries. Some of the themes explored are Public Accountability and Anticorruption; Climate loss and damage; Story of the slave castle; Human Trafficking; Silencing the Guns and Gender Justice to mention a few.
There were some key discussions on climate justice, namely:
- Importance of learning about climate issues and effects in our societies
- How does climate finance reach societies in need and affected
- Investing in young people and creating green jobs and innovate forms of climate friendly activities
- Looked at the impact of climate loss and damage and also shared stories from different countries on this
PACJA were very active with the entrance of the Climate Torch to the event, and young people from the Climate yes! Youth Ecumenical Summit also took part in the climate justice side events.
Some of the key takeaways from the Congress were
- We committed to contributing to our continents growth and development
- Be part of policy making structures and hold the government to account for these policies and strategies
- Be agents of peace in our countries and be involved in conflict resolution and advocate for justice
- Campaign against GBV
- Sensitize the urgency to act in issues of climate justice
In terms of growing the movement, there was a wonderful opportunity when the Anglicans gathered and the Green Anglicans in particular Lulama Ntuta (Chair of the Anglican Youth of the Church of Southern Africa ) and Michelle Nyanyiba (Green Anglicans of Africa rep for West Africa) had an opportunity to share about the Movement and there was a lot of interest!
Ghana – is planning to launch next year and is doing the ground work now to educate and empower members to know about issues of the in environment. Other countries such as Nigeria were interested in implementing GA in their countries and need more information sessions and resources.