Young People, Climate Disruption and Adaptation in Africa

Join this exciting event to hear the latest from youth climate activists and thought leaders on what we can do to take action on climate change in Africa.

If you want to share in a discussion with activists, policy makers, business leaders and academics, and learn more about: Youth livelihoods, Green jobs, Future climate policies and #COP26, Youth responses and climate activism, then this event is for you!

Where: Zoom (a link will be shared via email when you sign up to the event)
When: Wednesday 14th July, 14.00-15.15 BST / 16.00-17.15 EAT

  • Nakabuye Hilda, Founder and Organiser Fridays for Future Uganda
  • Elizabeth Wathuti, Founder of Green Generation Initiative and Head of Campaigns at Wangari Maathai Foundation
  • Janet Rogan, COP26 Regional Ambassador: Middle East and Africa
  • Rajiv Joshi, Founder and CEO, Bridging Ventures, Executive-in-Residence Oxford Saïd Business School
  • Bhaskar Vira (Co-Chair), Professor of Political Economy, and Head of the Department of Geography, University of Cambridge
  • Charles Mankhwazi (Co-Chair), Youth Research Manager Restless Development

Despite being adversely affected by the climate crisis and dealing with its consequences on a daily basis, young people all over the world are leading action. This event will explore some of these examples, and focus on what needs to change.

Co-hosted by Restless Development, the University of Cambridge and Makerere University, this event will include a panel discussion between youth climate activists, policy makers, business leaders and academics. Speakers will also share insights from a workshop that will be taking place at the same time in Kampala, Uganda, as part of our youth-led climate research.


Ahead of COP26, this event will capture recommendations about young people’s experience, expertise, and readiness to lead climate action and adaptation responses.

Join us for this virtual discussion and Q&A – whether you want to be inspired, learn what more we can do, or collaborate.

Peak Youth, Climate Change and the Role of Young People in Seizing their Future

The discussions at this event will feed directly into our youth-led climate research, which is currently investigating how climate change in Uganda is affecting young lives and youth livelihoods, and how young people are responding.

Africa is expected to be worse hit by climate change than any other continent. It is also the world’s youngest continent, with 60% of the population under the age of 25. The youth population of many African countries is set to increase over the coming century, as climate disruptions intensify.

Today’s young people, and future generations of young people, are especially vulnerable to the immediate and lifetime effects of human created climate change.

But, far from being passive victims, young people all over the world are responding. Over the past few years, young people have taken the lead on tackling the climate crisis, from school striking and disrupting public spaces to adapting to the impact of climate change on their lives and communities and establishing new green businesses.

The largest generation of young people in history are delivering sustainable climate action that needs recognition and support.

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