Webinar: Youth for Climate Action - Voices from East Africa
Although climate change affects individuals of all ages, young people can expect to bear a particularly heavy burden because they will live longer and will face this challenge throughout their lifetimes. The need to empower the youth in Africa is critical for achieving any strategies to address climate change challenges.
This webinar aims at giving a voice to the youth of Eastern Africa. It will also provide opportunities to exchange new knowledge, collaborate on solutions and strengthen networks to build the future we want.
Alexander KememwaRadio Journalist Pamoja FM
Topic: Climate Stories from Youth in Informal settlements
Alexander Kememwa is a Journalist, Radio Presenter, and Producer with five years of experience working alongside the editorial team at Pamoja FM radio (The Voice of Kibera). Holding a Higher Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication from the Nairobi Aviation College, Alexander specializes in Weather and Climate reporting and is responsible for producing and broadcasting Weather and Climate-related stories at Pamoja FM. Alexander is also a BBC Media Action trainee on Climate reporting. Alexander has been inspired by a project ‘Developing Risk Awareness through Joint Action’ DARAJA, which conceptualized Weather Mtaani, an informal settlement community approach in applying weather forecasts, warnings, and advisories aimed at reducing weather-related risks. Having been part of the project, Alexander was motivated to specialize in Weather and Climate reporting and is championing for heterogeneity in content creation of Weather and Climate Information.
Ghaamid AbdulbasatYouth Programme Regional coordinator Earth Day Network Sub Saharan Africa
Topic: Climate Stories from Youth Living by the Lakes
Ghaamid Abdulbasat is a passionate environmentalist, a National Geographic Young Explorers, a Global High Seas Alliance Youth Ambassadors. He represented his country in international environment coalitions like Youth4Nature and YouthMappers. Ghaamid studied Environmental Sciences and Management. he was also trained as a Young Researcher on Eco-hydrology to provide nature-based and biotechnological solutions on water systems.
He coordinates the Earth Day Network Sub Saharan Africa and leads a Youth programme and a Citizen Science programme that empowers people around the world to monitor threats to environmental and human health in their communities & leading citizens in taking action to drive policy change through open data technology in fighting global environment and climate crisis. He founded the Tanzanian Youth Biodiversity Network to ensure that youth spaces are considered in the National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) and the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) on Climate Action for informed decisions, and trained over 1000 youth and environment stakeholders on global biodiversity framework.
He is passionate about digital innovation and initiated an online channel on environmental awareness through a film known as the GM Climate Series (YouTube and Instagram). He is strongly committed to give a voice to the youth of Tanzania and elevate their participation in climate decision-making.
Tumi MathengeEnvironmental Activist Kijani Gang and her Club
Topic: Teen Activism: Hopes for the Future
Tumiso Mathenge, 14 is a Young Kenyan environmental activist. She began her activism at 10 years old in response to poaching in the region. She pursues her environmental and wildlife activism through the Kijani Gang and her club, Wildlife Savers which she founded at the age of 10. Tumiso has given voice to the youth in many national and global platforms including the Nature Conservancy, and through articles she has authored in the Daily Nation Newspaper.
Topic: Climate Stories from Youth in Post Conflict Countries
Maura Ajak work as a journalist based In South Sudan. She joined the industry in 2014 and started multitasking in the field (reporter, presenter, producer, translator, photographer, and videographer, etc). Maura speaks fluently English and Arabic. She formerly worked with the Catholic Radio Network. She also works as a freelancer for the Associated Press and other international media outlets.
She is passionate about journalism because it reflects the real issues that various communities are facing in her country, such as climate change (floods, locusts, deforestation, waste management, etc), and also peace-building as a major factor that contributes to a healthy environment.
In December 2020, she was awarded for the best Pitch Zone in Peace and Governance by the African Women in Media sponsored by the European Union Delegation to the African Union. Maura was also awarded twice in 2017 as human rights defender for holding the presidential guards accountable for committing sexual assault against women and girls.
She is an Alumni for International Women Media Foundation 2017, and the Pan African female Journalists Conference (Les Panafricanies) in Morocco from 2018 to present.
Farai Angela TunhumaRegional WASH Specialist – Climate and Urbanization UNICEF, Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO)
Farai Angela Tunhuma is a highly-skilled civil engineer and certified expert in climate and renewable energy finance. Her experience covers the design and management of water supply and sanitation projects, irrigation and river basin management interventions implemented with the public sector, private sector, development agencies, and banks throughout the SADC region. She also holds two master’s degrees in business administration and water resources management respectively. She is skilled in fund management, sustainable development, water services, and resource planning and management having managed the SADC Water Fund at the Development Bank of Southern Africa. Currently, Farai is the Regional Water and Climate Specialist for UNICEF’s Eastern and Southern Africa portfolio. She is spearheading the operationalization of UNICEF’s climate and environment strategy in the region, to ensure climate mitigation, adaptation, environmental safeguards, and resilience-building measures are mainstreamed in water supply systems and service provision, with cross-cuts with other UNICEF priorities such as climate-resilient health and education delivery. This includes supporting the ever-growing UNICEF portfolio of Urban Water Services programming in the Eastern and Southern Africa Region to ensure the delivery of sustainable, climate-resilient WASH programmes.
Diana NjeruProject Director BBC Media Action
Diana Njeru is a development professional with over 10 years’ experience managing projects that use media and communication to help reduce poverty, improve health, save lives and support people in understanding their rights. She is currently the Project Director at BBC Media Action, where she manages climate change projects that train local media to provide life-saving information to communities affected by climate change. She has a BA in Political Science.
Diana is also passionate about development photography and uses photography to communicate the human condition, bring attention to social injustice, promote cultural understanding and encourage positive change.
Tedd Moya MoseChief of Staff Scotia Group
Tedd is a legal professional and consultant in energy, environment, and natural resources, climate change, sustainable development, governance, education, and technology. As a Common Law qualified lawyer (Kenya) with over 15 years of experience, his work also involves practical aspects of law, regulation, and policy in energy, environment & natural resources, climate change, technology, and sustainable finance. He is a board member and strategist in conservation, education, philanthropy, and technology ventures in EMEA and the UK.
He is currently an Oxford Martin Fellow at the Oxford University Martin Programme on Integrating Renewable Energy, which is concerned with mitigating climate change through the transition to low carbon energy systems. As the only legal fellow, he advises diverse teams on law, policy, and regulation and is called upon to publish on environmental change themes. His work's local and practical aspects include investigating the impact of law on various energy technologies and projects like Local Energy Oxfordshire; a pioneering, innovative, smart grid venture. As well as the legal challenges of multi-scalar energy systems (mini, micro, and pico) in Africa.
Helen KuriaClimate Change Policy Specialist British High Commission
Hellen Njeri Kuria is an Environmental Governance and Climate Change Policy Specialist at the British High Commission in Nairobi. She has extensive experience in environment, climate change, and development discourse in Sub-Saharan Africa. She is currently working on implementing post-Paris climate policy at the national level (including the NDCs), focusing on key policy areas of Clean Energy, Green Finance, nature-based solutions, adaptation, and Resilience. Hellen is leading the COP26 engagement work with the youth at the British High Commission.