Our founder and director André Harms had fun putting some of his practical engineering skills to use at the @AfricanClimateAlliance climate justice march on Friday 14 June, assisting the sound team at CityVarsity to get ready for the youth speeches. The youth marched from Parliament to the Grand Parade where a number of different speeches were given in multiple languages and a list of demands were handed over to ministers.
Ecolution Consulting also joined the first major climate justice protest as a team in March, when more than 2000 people, mostly youth, gathered outside of parliament in Cape Town to raise awareness about the climate emergency.
“We are proud to stand with the youth who are asking adults and leaders to take the necessary steps to stop climate and ecological breakdown,” says André.
The Cape Town march was organised under the banner of the African Climate Alliance, a youth centred and driven affinity group aiming to support grassroots action against the climate crisis and other systemic injustices. The youth wing currently has over 200 members from four different African countries with supporting organisations including Fossil Free SA, 350Africa.org, Project 90 by 2030, Greenpeace Africa, One Million Climate Jobs, Green Anglicans, Princess Vlei Forum, Extinction Rebellion Cape Town, Earthchild Project and eMzantsi Carnival, among others.
Youth in other parts of South Africa including Gauteng, Eastern Cape, KZN and Mpumlanaga also came together to demand climate justice in light of Youth Day, making the weekend likely the biggest youth mobilisation for climate justice in South African history.