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IBON partners in Kenya form Climate Justice Core Group composed of grassroots organizations in frontline communities: Page 2 of 4

Posted on 9 July 2015

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Part 2: The climate crisis – Why should we care?

The rationale for being concerned about the climate crisis was deliberated as: To respond to the various changes that have occurred within communities which are directly related to climate change e.g. depleting food resources, changing soil fertility, food insecurity, interference with sources of livelihoods egg migration of fish due to pollutants from industries around Lake Victoria, lower crop yields, forced eviction under the guise of environmental conservation amongst Sengwer indigenous community, increased households expenditure on basic necessities e.g. water, vulnerability to  disasters e.g. floods  in Mathare, emission of gaseous wastes e.g. Kariobangi Light Industries in Mathare.

Other reasons put forth for caring about the climate crisis included poor sewerage system and the subsequent vulnerability to diseases, social exclusion of the poor and the deliberate deprivation of access to basic services among populations in urban informal settlements, illegal land allocation, water salination and loss of marine life amongst communities in Malindi.

Part 3: Examining Global Climate Action

This was an open discussion assessing the place of grassroots frontline communities impacted by climate change on the climate justice negotiations. The session further interrogated interrelationship between grassroots communities and the global north on issues of climate.

The emerging issues entailed, struggle over land ownership by women, emergence of social ills such as sexual exploitation of women by fishermen before women can access fish (fish for sex) due to migration of fish in Lake Victoria, Multinational Companies collaborating with the political class to carry out illegal logging in Embobut Forest at the expense of the local communities, the responsibility of development nations, disposal of wastes by Multinational companies e.g. flower farms, backed by governments for  financial gains.

Part 4: Why Climate Justice as an organizing approach

The deliberation looked at reasons for organizing on the issue of climate justice, including forming allies to support advocacy on negative impacts of climate change, mobilization for collective action and conscientization sessions through dialogues at the community level to enable a radical shift from climate adaptation to change of systems and structures responsible for the current crisis.The discussion further assessed the connections between local communities and the global environment, giving rise to the following views:

  • Chemicals manufactured by industries some of whom are Multinationals (MNCs) find their way into lakes destroying plants and animals, majority of these companies do not originate from the global south because they have established policies and citizen protection systems. These companies come to the global south and exploit natural resources which eventually affect local communities
  • If communities don’t care about the environment, they will become extinct by the next generation in addition; communities are all connected in the climate change agenda.
  • The predatory and exploitative nature of Multinationals has been responsible for the crisis in communities today

Climate Crisis – Radical Analysis

Climatic issue

How it impacts communities

Analysis lens

Energy

  • Harmful and dirty energy
  • Relentless pursuit of profits
  • Communities must have access to clean, safe and renewable energy sources
  • Energy services should not
Global Region: