African Activists for Climate Justice

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5 Pathways

Strengthening an inclusive African movement mobilized to advance climate justice, and offer solutions for a more sustainable future


Our Work


Our aim is to help build a broad-based African movement that is aligned thematically and geographically, which brings together existing movements and struggles. Such a movement will create spaces for and harness the momentum of groups including youth, women, local communities and the more recent types of ‘leaderless movements’, and will integrate multiple sections of society – in order to rally around critical issues regarding climate justice

Developing and
Sharing African Narratives

The AACJ consortium believes that clear and compelling narratives play a crucial to increase the engagement of youth, women and local and indigenous communities in the debate and policy processes on climate justice. Taking people’s lived experience as a starting point, these narratives will play a key role in raising awareness, unveiling prejudices and stereotypes, debunking lies and rebalancing relations of power. The AACJ consortium will amplify African voices, encouraging environmental activists, indigenous leaders, women, youth, religious leaders, artists and opinion makers to share their personal experiences and contribution to addressing climate change. We will create safe spaces for traditionally sidelined groups to develop their own narratives which demonstrate their strength, resilience, innovative capacities and contributions to the climate crisis.

Human Rights

The AACJ consortium empower communities to claim and defend their rights by increasing their awareness of their legal rights, both under national law (including customary law) and under international human rights commitments.78 We will support them to access information on nearby projects that might affect them, use legal instruments to oppose these projects and seek remedy when damage has been done. We will support women and youth to defend their rights at household and community level, ensuring they are not excluded from decision-making processes

Strengthening Communities
Adaptive Capacities

The AACJ program – through the networks of the consortium partners – scope, document, spread, and help to scale traditional knowledge and community-driven innovations that increase the resilience and adaptive capacities of climate-affected groups. AACJ prioritizes strategies that also address root causes of exclusion and vulnerabilities (e.g. marginalization, patriarchy, and discrimination). AACJ facilitates the piloting of promising climate solutions and capacitates communities to use new approaches. We support and facilitate (and in some cases provide seed funds to) innovative, potentially ground-breaking climate solutions to serve as evidence in our campaigns and advocacy strategies. We build the confidence of communities to use their own approaches in combination with traditional knowledge on food production, land use, and natural resource management.

Political will for
Climate just policies

To address the weak climate policies and the large gap between climate commitments and their effective implementation the AACJ consortium empowers organizations and movements – in particular those that represent women, youth, and indigenous communities – to co-strategize and engage with African policymakers and negotiators, contributing to policy and practice changes that advance climate justice.

Gender, Social
Inclusion and

Gender, Social
Inclusion and