Afrika Youth Caravan is a transformative journey that we are proud to spearhead as Kenya Environmental Action Network (KEAN). Our mission is clear – to amplify the voices and actions of youth across the African continent, addressing the critical challenges posed by climate change. This dynamic initiative has unfolded in two distinct chapters, each marking a significant step towards our vision. The first chapter led us to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) COP 27, and now, we are extending our impact towards COP 28.
As we embarked on this transformative expedition, inspired by the influential moments at the 26th UNFCCC conference in Glasgow, we recognized the need to bridge the gaps that hindered meaningful youth participation. Challenges such as financial constraints, complex visa processes, and the hurdles of obtaining conference badges were evident. Guided by the profound principles of UBUNTU, the first chapter of our caravan aimed to unite youth leaders from diverse African regions. Our collective mission was clear – to engage in dialogue, shape narratives, and contribute tangible solutions to the urgent climate crisis.
Culminating in Sharm-El-Sheik, Egypt, the first chapter wasn’t just about attending COP 27; it was a celebration of local solutions through sub-regional workshops and actions. Our decentralized movement emphasized unity and collective action, echoing the spirit of our principles.
Now, in the ongoing second chapter, our focus is on extending our impact towards COP 28 with the theme “We Are Here: Afrikan Youth bringing Solutions to the table.” This phase builds on the successes of our inaugural caravan, spotlighting and amplifying impactful stories of youth-led projects addressing the climate and nature crises across the African region.
This journey is personal to us. It’s a testament to the resilience, creativity, and commitment of Afrikan youth. It’s not just a physical movement; it’s a transformative force that seeks to reshape narratives, drive tangible solutions, and position the youth as leaders in the global fight against climate change. As we move forward, we invite collaboration, partnerships, and engagement from all those who share the vision of a sustainable and resilient future.