A major priority for us at COP27 and beyond is Loss and Damage, a critical issue for global south activists.
We worked with The Climate Reality Project Philippines and Agam Agenda on a report, outlining what Loss and Damage is, what it can look like, examples of events that could have benefited from it, and a set of guiding principles.
The global energy crisis has brought Europe’s bad habits roaring back.
Throughout modern history, Africa has been the site of extraction. While colonialism has ended, the legacy it has left on the African continent is one of dispossession, exclusion, and inequality.
Even in the context of the climate crisis, the neo-colonial project persists. The war in Ukraine and subsequent sanctions against Russia has highlighted the fact that somehow even in 2022, Europe’s relationship with Africa remains skewed and centered on resource extraction. As the continent faces an energy crisis and a looming cold winter, its governments are scrambling for a solution and turning their gaze on Africa’s gas as a short term, cheap and easy solution.
Poets for Climate is a collaborative project among the branches of Climate Reality in the Philippines, Canada, and Africa that aims to provide a platform for Climate Reality Leaders to communicate the urgency and solvability of the climate crisis, as well as the impacts of climate change in different regions of the world.
The goal of Poets for Climate is to harness the diverse languages and points of view of poets, artists, and climate advocates in Africa, Canada, and the Philippines to create pebble poems—very short poems with only three to four lines–that will send out ripples into a community of readers and help amplify the climate change movement across the globe.
The initiative is Climate Reality Philippines, Canada, and Africa’s response to When Is Now, a global, creative collaboration for urgent climate action mobilized by the Agam Agenda, Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF), and Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities.
Join us in demanding the “Now” we need.